92 SQUADRON, Nº34081
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN LOCOMOTIVE SOCIETY
Registered Charity Nº299140

34081 PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY

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At Barry Island and en route to NVR.

  • At Barry Island, 1965
     
    Photo r908. There's some query over the date of this photo but it is thought most likely to have been taken in May 1965. It is possible that the wagon in front was one of the convoy that came across from Eastleigh with 34081 and the three other pacifics, being towed in convoy by 34006 Bude via the S&D to Barry.
    Photograph by John Hill.
  • Early days at Barry Island
     
    Photo r907. 34081 in a long line of withdrawn and nameless spamcans at Barry on 5th June 1965.
    Photograph by David Lennon.
  • Rusting away, 1972 or 3
     
    Photo r909. 34081 rotting away at Barry Island during 1972 or 3.
    Photograph by Colin Skears.
  • Rusting away, 1972 or 3
     
    Photo r911. Cladding? What cladding? 34081 rotting away at Barry Island during 1972 or 3.
    Photograph by Colin Skears.
  • Rusting away, 1972 or 3
     
    Photo r911. 34081 rotting away at Barry Island during 1972 or 3, but showing hope for the future.
    Photograph by Colin Skears.
  • Rusting away, 1972 or 3
     
    Photo r912. Rust, rust and more rust. 34081 rotting away at Barry Island during 1972 or 3.
    Photograph by Colin Skears.
  • Rusting away, 1972 or 3
     
    Photo r913. Who is Alfred, who is he? 34081 rotting away at Barry Island during 1972 or 3.
    Photograph by Colin Skears.
  • Rusting away, 1972 or 3
     
    Photo r914. The state of the lower cab side. Pony truck doesn't look too bad though. 34081 rotting away at Barry Island during 1972 or 3.
    Photograph by Colin Skears.
  • Rusting away, 1974
     
    Photo r904. Is it possible this could ever steam again? Ravaged by the salt winds and storms, a very sad looking and tender-less 92 Squadron rusting away at Barry Island during December 1974. The writing on the cylinder cover says "Reserved for 92 Sqdn Fund".
    Photograph by Clive Standen.
  • Rusting away, 1974
     
    Photo r906. 34081 at Barry during 1974, still two and a half years to go before she finally escaped to Wansford.
    Photograph by David Rees courtesy of Darren Rees.
  • Rusting away, 1975
     
    Photo r901. A sad sight, stripped of many parts 92 Squadron is rusting away during 1975, the year before being moved from Barry Island by the then Battle of Britain Locomotive Preservation Society.
    Photograph: Peter Brabham collection.
  • Also during 1975?
     
    Photo r905. We're not sure of the date of this photograph but it was quite probably also taken during 1975.
    Photograph by Peter Wilcox.
  • Loved once more, 1976
     
    Photo r902. Loved once more! 34081 has been purchased by the Society for £3,500 + VAT and is prepared for the move to Peterborough, the Nene Valley Railway and restoration.
    Photograph by Ian MacDonald.
  • En route to Peterborough
     
    Photo r903. The engine photographed on the low loader whilst en route to Peterborough. The tender was transported in a separate move.
    Photograph by Ian MacDonald.

Undergoing Restoration

  • Arriving BSC 6 Dec 1976
     
    hoto r1. 34081 arrives at the British Sugar Corporation, Peterborough on 6 December 1976 at the end of her journey from Barry scrapyard.
    Photograph by Ian Bowskill.
  • Unloading on 7 Dec 1976
     
    Photo r10. 34081 at the British Sugar Corporation, Peterborough awaiting unloading on 7 December 1976.
    Photograph by Ian Bowskill.
  • Leaving St Botolph's sidings
     
    Photo r2. With Barclay 0-4-0ST Nº90432 in charge, 34081 leaves St Botolph's sidings, Peterborough on her journey to Wansford on 7 December.
    Photograph by Ian Bowskill.
  • Arrived Wansford
     
    Photo r3. 34081 safely arrived at Wansford, Nene Valley Railway, on 7 December 1976. 21 years of work were about to begin.
    Photograph by Ian Bowskill.
  • At Wansford January 1977
     
    Photo r11. A bright January day in 1977 shows the magnitude of the task ahead. Note the tender style and the original front sandbox, smoke box positioned, but blanked off by BR. You can also make out the AWS battery box cover on the buffer beam.
    Although this is is one of those 1970s 'brown' pics, the loco was pretty much this colour.
    Photograph by Kingsley Harris.
  • Removing driving wheels
     
    Photo r4. Doing things the hard way! BBLS volunteers Duncan Curry and John Haydon jack and pack the frames of 34081 to remove the driving wheels at Wansford, Nene Valley Railway, on 7 July 1978.
    Photograph by Ian Bowskill.
  • Wansford shed 24 Apr 1987
     
    Photo r5. 34081 inside Wansford, NVR shed on 24 April 1987. Much has been done, much remains to be done.
    Photograph by Ian Bowskill.
  • Re-wheeled 28 Apr 1991
     
    Photo r6. Successfully re-wheeled for the second time since rstoration began, 34081 awaits her return to the confines of Wansford, NVR, shed on 28 April 1991.
    Photograph by Ian Bowskill.
  • New casing 17 Mar 1995
     
    Photo r7. 1995 saw the new casing almost complete. 34081 outside Wansford, NVR, shed on 17 March 1995.
    Photograph by Ian Bowskill.
  • Tubes fitted 30 Mar 1997
     
    Photo r012. A view inside the smokebox with the new tubes in situ. The four fittings across the top of the tube plate are for the superheater headers.
    Photograph by Phil Marsh.
  • Steam test 10 Dec 1997
     
    Photo r013. This was the very first steaming of the restoration.
    Photograph by Phil Marsh.
  • S/heaters fitted 23 Dec 1997
     
    Photo r014. A view inside the smokebox with the superheater headers now in place.
    Photograph by Phil Marsh.
  • Backhead 23 Dec 1997
     
    Photo r015. The backhead is now rapidly being populated with its various fittings.
    Photograph by Phil Marsh.
  • Moving again! 9 Mar 1998
     
    Photo r8. The culmination of just over 21 years of hard work. 34081 moves under her own steam for the first time since emerging from Barry scrapyard. Wansford, NVR, 9th March 1998.
    Photograph by Ian Bowskill.
  • In traffic 19 Mar 1998
     
    Photo r9. As yet unnamed, 34081 on the very day she emerged from the paint shop and awaiting her first driver training course at Wansford, NVR, on 19th May 1998.
    Photograph by Ian Bowskill.

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