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21C70/34070 Manston, Bulleid 4-6-2 Light Pacific
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No: 6056   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: BR Brighton Works   Country: England
21C70/34070 Manston, Bulleid 4-6-2 Light Pacific

Photographed entering Norden Nest station on 14 February 2009, Family Fun Day on the Corfe Castle/Swanage line in Dorset.
Manston was the last light Pacific to be numbered using Bulleid's unusual system and emerged from Brighton Works in November 1947 as 21C70. It also achieved the distinction of being the last locomotive to be built by the Southern Railway before Nationalisation.
It was initially allocated to Ramsgate for duty on the main line services to London and on 31st May 1948 it had the distinction of working the inaugural Thanet Belle Pullman train between Ramsgate and Victoria.
As BR no. 34070, it was transferred in 1950 to Stewarts Lane shed for work on the important Eastern Section services to Folkestone and Dover as well as the Central Section services to Brighton. In 1955 it was moved to Dover where it was used on the Continental boat trains including the Night Ferry.
It was finally withdrawn in August 1964 and sent for scrap to Woodham's at Barry, where it remained for 18 years before being purchased by the Manston Locomotive Preservation Society.
Picture added on 23 February 2009
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