Ivo Peters /Courtesy J. Peters

'Boscastle' emerged from Eastleigh Works as a rebuilt 'West Country' in January 1959.

Shortly after, 34039 was allocated to Bournemouth shed and from there, worked on the mainline between Waterloo, Southampton,
Bournemouth and Weymouth.

Regular duties included the tightly - timed 2 hour express trains to Waterloo, while also taking its turn on named trains such as the 'Bournemouth Belle' and the 'Royal Wessex'.

Another Bournemouth duty in summer included the 'Pines Express', a through train to Manchester which started its journey over the steeply graded Somerset and Dorset line to Bath.

'Boscastle' became the first rebuilt 'West Country' to run on the Somerset and Dorset on 19th June 1959, hauling the up 'Pines Express' and saw regular use on that line while at Bournemouth shed.


A.J.Morgan collection

September 1962 saw 'Boscastle transferred to Eastleigh Shed.

Many of the duties at Eastleigh involved working semi-fast trains to Bournemouth and London, with occasional work such as Friday evening relief trains and summer Saturday holiday extras supplementing the usual service.

Eastleigh shed also provided locomotives for the heavy Ocean Liner Special trains running between Southampton and Waterloo. The trains ran in groups of three to five to coincide with the arrival of the liners at Southampton Docks.