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The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
Kent CT12 5DF
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Tel: 01843 821940

  1. Message from Southern Locomotives Ltd. and RAFA

    Dear Visitors,

    The Spitfire Museum supports the Royal Air Forces Association whenever possible. As such please see below for the “down-low” on a special event concerning the unveiling of the newly re-furbished 257 Squadron locomotive. This event is not being organised by the Spitfire Museum so please direct any queries to the email below.

    A rather dirty 34072 on an up train at Sherborne on 1962. (Photo:  M.F. Collection.)

    A rather dirty 34072 on an up train at Sherborne on 1962. (Photo: M.F. Collection.)

    Southern Locomotives Ltd is a not-for-profit company which restores steam locomotives.  Among our seven locos are three from the Southern Railway’s Battle of Britain class, built in the mid 1940’s.  They are 34053 Sir Keith Park, 34070 Manston, and 34072 257 Squadron.  Sir Keith Park operates on the Severn Valley Railway, Manston is at Swanage, and 257 Squadron will shortly return to service after an extended overhaul.  To mark this event we are arranging a recommissioning ceremony to be held at the Swanage Railway on Saturday 30th September 2017.

    34072's nameplate and crest.  257 Squadron was paid for by the people of Burma.  The motto "Thay myay gyee shin shwe hti" means Death or Glory. (c) N Thompson

    34072’s nameplate and crest. 257 Squadron was paid for by the people of Burma. The motto “Thay myay gyee shin shwe hti” means Death or Glory. (c) N Thompson

    These locos have a resonance among those who served with the Royal Air Force, and their families, and we have enlisted the participation of the Poole branch of the RAFA and the Wareham Air Cadets.  We would also welcome the attendance of anyone who served with 257 Squadron or has a particular interest in the squadron or the eponymous locomotive.  The event will include a special train hauled by our loco leaving Swanage at around 14:00 to Corfe Castle, where the short ceremony will be held.  Our train will then return to Swanage, arriving around 16:00.  We hope the naming ceremony will be performed by our Patron, the actor Edward Fox, well known for his role in the 1969 film “Battle of Britain”.   There is no charge for participation in the event, however we do need to keep a count on those wishing to attend, so we invite those interested to contact me by email,

    We hope the event will be a smashing success for our friend with Southern Locomotives Ltd, RAFA and the ATC!

    Thank You,

    The Spitfire Museum

Donations are very gratefully received. Not only because they let us know that we enjoy the support and interest of our visitors but also because, like many charities, we can claim Gift Aid support which could add an additional 20% to our donated income.



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