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Reunion for man who travelled on Churchill's funeral train

A fireman who travelled on Winston Churchill's funeral train has spoken of the "deep sense of sadness" after being reunited with the locomotive.

Jim Lester, the fireman who worked on board the footplate of the Winston Churchill's funeral train Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

James Lester was at the National Railway Museum in York today to see the reunion of the Winston Churchill locomotive with the parcel van that carried the statesman to his final resting place.

The restored locomotive 'Winston Churchill' goes on display at the National Railway Museum, York Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The Battle of Britain Class steam locomotive and the goods van were restored for today's 50th anniversary and joined up with the luxurious carriage which carried family and guests.


Tay Bridge closed due to high winds in Scotland

Network Rail Scotland has closed the Tay Bridge over the River Tay near Dundee due to strong wind.

Network Rail Scotland deploy snow patrols and chainsaw gangs

Rail journeys in Scotland are also being badly affected by snow, flooding and fallen trees, Network Rail Scotland has advised.

ScotRail says a number of services have been delayed or cancelled, including services between Glasgow and Edinburgh to Inverness.

Rail commuters delayed due to gale force winds

Heavy rain and gale force winds have caused delays for rail commuters, with gusts registering upwards of 90 miles per hour in parts of the country.

High winds and heavy rain all along the south coast caused significant delays on lines operated by South West Trains and South Eastern Trains, with trees and flooding blocking the tracks.

South West Trains said there were delays of up to half an hour between Bournemouth and Southampton due to flooding near Brockenhurst, while First Great Western and Cross Country services between Paignton in Devon and Manchester Piccadilly were held up due to a fallen tree.

Commuters passing through Dover Priory faced delays of up to 60 minutes owing to a tree on the line, which has now been cleared.

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