Transport - The Bournemouth Belle - London - 1946
The 'Bournemouth Belle' leaves Waterloo Station on its first post-war run after British Railways introduced more and faster trains with the inauguration of their Winter timetables. There will be a civic reception in Bournemouth to mark the Belle's arrival.
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Military - Royal Air Force - Lancaster Retirement - St. Mawgan Coastal Command Station, Cornwall
The Royal Air Force saying goodbye to the last of it's great fleet of Lancasters, the plane which bore the brunt of bombing operations in the last few years of WWII. Bomber pilots who had flown the Lancaster raids, and high ranking RAF officers attended as the plane flew away to the breakers yards. The four engined Lancaster D for Delta, was withdrawn from Bomber Command in 1953 and has since then been flown by crews from Coastal Command. The Lancaster Bombers flew more than 156, 000 sorties in the WWII and dropped over 600, 000 tons of high explosive bombs. Altogether 7, 366 of the planes were built. Pictures shows High ranking RAF officers including (nearest camera) Air Chief Marshall Sir Wilfred Dawson, Air Marshall Sir Brian Reynolds, A.O.C.-in-C Coastal Command: Air Vice Marshall Gus Walker and Air Vice Commodore Charles Whitworth.
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Transport - Locomotives - The Caledonian - Watford - 1957
Britain's newest express train, 'The Caledonian', thunders through Watford on the long haul of some 400 miles to Glasgow on her inaugural run northbound. The train is scheduled to cover the 401 miles trip from Euston station, London, to Glasgow in 400 minutes and an average of more than 60 miles an hour. On the reverse run from Glasgow to London 'The Caledonian' set up a new post-war record for the trip. The southbound express covered the trip in 398 minutes.
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