35006 Locomotive Company Ltd.

Owner and operator of

ex Southern Railway Merchant Navy No.35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co.


The loco completed its rostered 19 days in use on the 20th June; the longest continuous period in service it has performed yet. During this time, there has only been minor maintenance required, a few things needed tightening or minor leaks attended to. This is a great testament to the work that has been done over the past 12 months by our volunteer team. They can be justly proud of themselves. The coupling rod bearing that was attended to recently has largely been forgotten about as it has given no trouble at all.

The loco is now out of use for two weeks which will give us a chance to inspect a few of things that were worked on over the winter to see how they are performing. The brake ejector and the drain cock actuating valve are at the top of the list.

The loco is next in service from 6th to the 17th July. For any last minute changes, please keep an eye on the GWR loco roster here:


If you look at the time table, the first listed loco is on TRAIN 1, the second listed is on TRAIN 2.

Here is a photo by Chris Ardy of the loco passing Hailes Abbey Halt on the first day of its last period in service on the 29th May


Kevin Parrish, a member of the Guild of Railway Artists, has painted this excellent study of 35006 at Broadway. He has prints for sale on his website: http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/peninsula-and-oriental/

and has kindly offered to donate 10% of any sales to both ourselves and the GWSR.


There have been some changes in the Loco Rosters at the GWSR and 35006 is now rostered every day (except Mondays & Fridays) between Saturday 29th May and Sunday 20th June.

However this is subject to change so please consult the GWSR website before traveling.

Here is a photo by Chris Ardy of the loco in the coaling/disposal bay at Toddington during the Steam Gala on the 29th May 2016. Lets hope the weather is as good for its next turns.


The Loco finished its rostered turns in May last week. It is rostered next month for 12 days starting on Saturday 5th June.

Please check the GWSR website before traveling.

Here is a photo of the loco in service last week by Ian Crowder.


The loco had a successful test run to Broadway and back today and is now ready for service from Saturday May 1st. This photo of the loco at Toddington for the test run was taken by Maurice Hastie.

The loco will be in service for seven days, but note that these are the ONLY days the loco is rostered to run in May.

If you want to see the loco in action, first check the loco roster:


then you're advised to book your tickets in advance at:



The GWSR is planning to resume services from Tuesday 13th April, if all goes

well re Covid.

35006 is currently rostered from Saturday 1st May to Thursday 6th May.

Please check with the GWSR website before traveling as it could be changed.


Whilst the GWSR is still closed due to Covid, ‘essential’ maintenance must continue. We are pleased to say the loco successfully passed its annual steam test on Friday 5th February. It will now be winterised and will then be ready for service later in the year when, hopefully, services resume on the GWSR.

This photo was taken by Kevin Jarvis and shows the safety valves lifting.