35028 Clan Line is one of the famous Merchant Navy Class locomotives built by the Southern Railway.
The class was designed by Oliver Bulleid and named after the shipping lines of the docks that the Southern Railway served. In all 30 Merchant Navy class locomotives were built and in their original form exhibited many innovations. These included a steel boiler which used the latest welding technology, thermal siphons to improve water circulation, and American style disk wheels to eliminate hammer blow to the track. However the most revolutionary feature of the design was the chain driven valve gear enclosed in an oil bath.
35028 was built at Eastleigh locomotive works in 1948. After a few weeks running in she was allocated first to Dover then to Stewarts Lane shed in London where she worked heavy trains on the trunk routes to the South East Channel ports, frequently working the prestige expresses, "Golden Arrow" and "The Night Ferry".
After rebuilding in 1959 she was initially allocated to Nine Elms shed where she headed such trains as the "Bournemouth Belle" and the "Atlantic Coast Express". Indeed, it was while working the A.C.E. in 1961 she was unofficially timed at 104 mph passing Axminster. On July 2nd 1967 Clan Line hauled a farewell special from Waterloo to Bournemouth and back and thus ended her BR career.Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the trips listed, it cannot be guaranteed.