Video: The Eagles Express

When Battle of Britain class Bulleid Pacific 34052 ‘Lord Dowding’ (really West Country class 34046 ‘Braunton’ in disguise) took a trip to Southampton carrying Crystal Palace supporters to the final game of 2016, it gave the chance to catch the train on video in a choice few locations not often travelled by steam. Sadly, lack of decent parking options meant that a few compromises had to be reached.

So filming at St Denys and Mount Pleasant ensued, to grab shots of The Eagles Express arriving into Southampton’s Northam sidings, getting dragged backwards to be turned at Eastleigh by a class 67 former EWS diesel locomotive, and then going home again crossing from the Waterloo up line to the Fareham lines at the down end of St Denys station. All in some rather nice sunshine.

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