Steam Locomotive, named Winston Churchill

Made:
1945 in Brighton railway works
railway company:
Southern Railway
designer:
Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid

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SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No 34051 "Winston Churchill" built 1945
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Winston Churchill's Funeral Train, SR
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SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 2010.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Class No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' - 1990.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Steam locomotive, Southern Railway, Battle of Britain class 4-6-2 No 34051 "Winston Churchill", designed by O.V. Bulleid, built at Brighton in 1945, withdrawn in 1965.

Winston Churchill is a Southern Railway Battle of Britain class steam locomotive, built at Brighton Works in 1945. Designed by the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway, Oliver Bulleid, Battle of Britain class locomotives, alongside their West Country sister class, were a new design of steam locomotive known as the Light Pacific.

In a ceremony held at Waterloo Station in 1947, the locomotive was officially named Winston Churchill. Churchill himself did not attend the ceremony and in fact the former Prime Minister had turned down the opportunity to name the locomotive after himself. It was instead named by Lord Dowding.

For Winston Churchill’s state funeral on 30th January 1965 the funeral train was pulled by the eponymous locomotive. Thousands lined the trackside to watch as the train passed. The National Railway Museum held an exhibition to mark 50 years since Churchill’s funeral, Churchill’s Final Journey, in 2015, which featured the locomotive after it underwent a cosmetic restoration at the Mid-Hants Railway.

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Category:
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Object Number:
1978-7042
type:
steam locomotive
taxonomy:
  • vehicles and vehicle components
  • vehicle
  • locomotive
credit:
British Rail, Historical Relics
status:
Permanent collection

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