On June 30th 2015 Rebuilt Merchant Navy 35028 Clan Line hauled its last mainline working railtour from London Victoria to Chester and then onwards to Crewe for its overhaul which will be carried out at the very place which is understood to take 10 years. Its duties on the VSOE (British Pullman) are (whilst 35028 is away) to be taken over by 60163 Tornado which has just been brought back into traffic again.
On the last day of June i had the privilege to go out and see 35028 Clan Line up close and in person at Stafford hauling its farewell tour in fine style. This was not only the first time i would be able to see 35028 which is a loco i have wanted to see for ages but it was the first Merchant Navy i have filmed let alone seen so that was special in its own right. Plus given it will be undergoing its overhaul which looks to be a long time before she comes back it was a moment of opportunity to go out and film her.
A link to the video i have uploaded on YouTube is available below
I would therefor like to thank those for keeping Clan Line in service for the time she was in service, during her time in operation she has been well maintained and looked after by not only the owners but for those who have worked on the engine. Its almost as if she has been in care of Ian Riley as 35028 has rarely been known to go wrong, that just shows you! Thank you especially goes out to those servicing her which in turn avoided mishaps on her last maiden voyage before her overhaul is carried out. Its almost hard to believe her boiler ticket has now expired.
So with that said and done i bid a fond farewell to 35028 Clan Line. Good look with your overhaul and may your future be bright and Orange and may your future be short and your overhaul inexpensive. Until we meet again we will all sincerely miss you.