RAIL­WAYS COM­MEM­O­RATE AR­MISTICE CEN­TE­NARY

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Rail­ways across the Com­mon­wealth fell silent at 11am on Novem­ber 11 as they marked the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

Lead­ing the charge was the Great Cen­tral Rail­way, which held its ‘Great War, Great Cen­tral’ event over the Re­mem­brance week­end. The main at­trac­tion was ‘O4’ No. 63601, car­ry­ing tem­po­rary ROD let­ter­ing as No. 1912 for the oc­ca­sion (see pages 6/7).

‘28XX’ No. 2807, a vet­eran of the ‘Jel­li­coe Spe­cials’ (SR486), hauled the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Steam Rail­way’s Ar­mistice train to a Re­mem­brance event at Chel­tenham Race­course.

The South Devon Rail­way raised £630.33 for the Royal British Le­gion with its ‘Driver for Ar­mistice’ event day on Novem­ber 10, where mem­bers of the pub­lic could drive ‘Small Prairie’ No. 5542 on a twom­ile round trip in ex­change for an £11.11 do­na­tion to the RBL.

Sev­eral other rail­ways dec­o­rated their lo­co­mo­tives with poppy wreaths dur­ing the week­end of Novem­ber 10/11, and nar­row gauge lines also took part (see pages 34/35).

The Queens­land Pi­o­neer Rail­way in Aus­tralia held its own spe­cial event, with res­i­dent ‘PB15’ 4-6-0 No. 448 haul­ing a demon­stra­tion freight train and vis­it­ing ‘AC16’ 2-8-2 No. 221a work­ing pas­sen­ger ser­vices.

ROBERT SHEARER

The Queens­land Pi­o­neer Rail­way’s res­i­dent ‘PB15’ No. 448 ar­rives at Swan­bank with a demon­stra­tion mil­i­tary freight train on Novem­ber 11.

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