Steam Locomotive 34092 “City of Wells” will visit Spa Valley Railway for 25th Anniversary Gala

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Late August, West Country Class Bulleid Pacific No. 34092 City of Wells will visit the Spa Valley Railway for its 25th anniversary gala where it will perform alongside BR Standard 4MT No. 75069.

City of Wells is now owned and based at East Lancashire Railway in Bury. It was built at Brighton Works in 1949 and named well later that year, so given its current designation of City of Wells in 1950.

The 25th Anniversary Gala takes place from Friday August 26th to Monday August 29th, and the locomotive will remain at the railway for another weekend for its “City of Wells Steam Up” on Saturday September 3rd and Sunday September 4th.

During this weekend, a special schedule will be in effect, while on Saturday September 3, passengers will also have the option of dining behind 34092.

Originally assigned to Stewarts Lane in London, City of Wells worked from Victoria to the Kent coast, so a visit to the locomotive at the Spa Valley Railway will bring it straight back to its old stomping grounds.

In November 1964 it was withdrawn from service and sent to Woodham Brothers in Barry for scrap where it arrived in March 1965. It remained there until October 1971 when a party from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) bought it and moved it by road. at Ingrow. Following restoration work it entered service on the KWVR in 1979. After a period of service the locomotive was withdrawn for overhaul and then returned to steam in 2014, today the locomotive is based in East Lancashire Railway, Bury and will soon be retired for a further overhaul.

Spa Valley Railway says it is extremely grateful to East Lancashire Railway for the loan of City of Wellsas well as Community Care Boiler Services who performed a re-tube on the standard Class 4 2-6-4 #80097 tank engine, resulting in the 34092 becoming available for the 25th Anniversary Gala.

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