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Lord Dowding for the first football special steam train since 1967!

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Lord Dowding is a member of the Battle of Britain Class and is named after Air Chief Marshall Dowding who is credited with having played a crucial role in Britain's aerial defence early in WWII.

This will be the locomotives first public run after a 1½ year long overhaul and your first chance to see the engine on the main line, taking part in a unique and exciting event.

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The first since 1967!

According to our research this is the first steam hauled football excursion train in 49 years. The last took place on 26th December 1967 when a special ran from Carlisle to Blackpool!

First Crystal Palace Steam Train in 52 years!

Thanks to some more amazing research, we believe the last time Crystal Palace F.C. organised a special excursion from London to Southampton was November 7th 1964. This was for a league division two match that CPFC won 1 - 0, so we've got fingers crossed for a repeat scoreline!

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Clapham Junction, Selhurst and West Croydon to Southampton.

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Lord Dowding on test run.

Photography courtesy Matt Veale, Richard Postill, Charlie Verrall, John Beresford and David Christie. Thanks go to Pete and Paul Doggett for their research. Crystal Palace Logo © Crystal Palace F.C. 2016. Southampton F.C. Logo © 2016.