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