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National Railway Museum

South of England Group
Vice Presidents: Sir William McAlpine Bt, FRSE, FCIT, FRSA; Richard Hardy

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   7 July 2015

Winston Churchill appears at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and Mid Hants Railway

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On 28 August 2012, locomotive No 34051 "Winston Churchill", part of the National Collection, moved from the National Railway Museum at York to appear at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. It featured as part of the heavy-haul part of the show, housed on a low-loader from Allelys who covered the cost of the movement.

Unfortunately, due to heavy and persistent rain, it did not prove possible to move the locomotive to its display spot until Friday 31st August, but it was able to join in the fun on the following day when it took a few twirls round the area, hauled by three steam traction engines. A stand from the Friends of the National Railway Museum was close by the locomotive to provide information and raise funds to cover the cosmetic restoration of the locomotive. Details of the restoration campaign are here.

After its appearance at the fair, the locomotive moved to the Mid Hant Railway, "The Watercress Line", where it was re-united with its tender as a static display in the Autumn Steam Spectacular from 7th to 9th September. The railway also ran a dining train and a real-ale train on Saturday 22nd September, to support the restoration campaign.

Click on the icons below to see larger pictures of the two events.

Great Dorset Steam Fair 2012

Hauled by three steam tractors.
On the display track.
Being unloaded by Allelys.

Mid-Hants Railway

Alresford 7 September 2012
Jim Lester fireman on Sir Winston Churchill's funeral train poses in front of his engine.

We thank Allelys, and the management teams at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and Mid-Hants Railway for their support in making this tour a success.

For information call the Friends of the National Railway Museum on 01904 636874 or email nrm.friends@nrm.org.uk