It arrived too late back at Croydon for decent photos but what a way to end the season for the Palace fans
Icons of Steam in February (on my brithday as it happened) announced that its rebuilt West Country class 34046 Braunton would be returning to steam as long last classmate 34052 Lord Dowding. This technically means she will become a member of the Battle of Britain class with Lord Dowding being named after the Second World War Royal Air Force Air Chief Marshall. Icons of Steam have decided to specially renamed the engine to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Built in December 1946, Lord Dowding was one of the first members of the ‘Battle of Britain’ class. Identical in all but name to the ‘West Country’ class, the Southern Railway decided to name the class after squadrons, airfields, commanders and aircraft that had participated in the Battle of Britain. Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding was an officer in the Royal Air Force. He served as…
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