Hitler 17 093 Rebuilt Bulleid Light Pacifc No 34046 Braunton Running As No 34052 Lord Dowding Departs From Harmans Cross

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17-093 Rebuilt Bulleid Light Pacifc No. 34046 'Braunton' (running as No. 34052 'Lord Dowding') departs from Harmans Cross

posted by Hec Tate alias Hectate1 on Wednesday 5th of April 2017 12:35:04 PM

Taken at the Swanage Railway on 31/03/17 during the 'Strictly Bulleid' Gala; Bulleid's Light Pacifics were either named after West Country places or received names connected with the Battle of Britain. No 34046 was named after Braunton a "...village ... in North Devon ... situated 5 miles (8 km) west of Barnstaple. While not the largest village in England, it is amongst the most populous in Devon... ". However, whilst running as No. 34052 the loco carries the name 'Lord Dowding'. Lord Dowding was "... Air Chief Marshal Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding, GCB, GCVO, CMG (24 April .. an officer in the Royal Air Force. He served as a fighter pilot and then as commanding officer of No. 16 Squadron during the First World War. He was Air Officer Commanding RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, and is generally credited with playing a crucial role in Britain's defence, and hence, the defeat of Adolf Hitler's plan to invade Britain." Information gleaned from Wikipedia.


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