Avi­a­tion and Rail­way His­tory United

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Au­nique piece of his­tory has been un­veiled at the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial in Kent fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of the orig­i­nal name­plate and squadron badge from a clas­sic steam lo­co­mo­tive.

The Bat­tle of Bri­tain Lo­co­mo­tive So­ci­ety pre­sented the items from Bat­tle of Bri­tain class Pa­cific lo­co­mo­tive No. 34081 at a cer­e­mony at the Nene Val­ley Rail­way. The name­plate and the badge of No. 92 Squadron — fa­mously based at Big­gin Hill dur­ing the Bat­tle of Bri­tain in 1940 — will go on dis­play at the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial in Capel-leFerne, home to the Na­tional Me­mo­rial to the Few.

The long-term loan of the his­toric items was sug­gested by the preser­va­tion so­ci­ety as a way of en­sur­ing the items could be dis­played “in a truly ap­pro­pri­ate set­ting”.

The items will be dis­played in The Wing, the Trust’s vis­i­tor cen­tre, where the Scram­ble Ex­pe­ri­ence brings the Bat­tle of Bri­tain to life and pays trib­ute to the men of the RAF who made sure this coun­try emerged vic­to­ri­ous in 1940.

Lo­co­mo­tive No. 34081 en­tered ser­vice in Septem­ber 1948 but was with­drawn in Au­gust 1964 and sub­se­quently sold to Dai Wood­ham’s scrap­yard at Barry Is­land in South Wales.

Pur­chased by the preser­va­tion so­ci­ety in au­tumn 1973, she ar­rived at Wans­ford on the Nene Val­ley Rail­way, near Peter­bor­ough, in De­cem­ber 1976. Fol­low­ing restora­tion, she moved, un­der her own power, in 1998 — the first time since 1964 — and be­came a reg­u­lar on var­i­ous her­itage rail­ways un­til be­ing with­drawn for over­haul at the North Nor­folk Rail­way in May 2008.

The lo­co­mo­tive re­turned to ser­vice on the Nene Val­ley Rail­way in February af­ter seven years of ex­ten­sive restora­tion work. She was reded­i­cated at a cer­e­mony at Wans­ford Sta­tion dur­ing which a Spit­fire from the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Flight per­formed a fly­past. Af­ter the reded­i­ca­tion, replica name­plates were un­veiled on the lo­co­mo­tive by Wing Com­man­der Tim Mcauley, Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing No. 92 Squadron RAF, so that the orig­i­nal name­plate and badge could be handed over to the Trust.

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