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Bomb damage to locomotives at Newton Abbot Station, 1940

Bomb damage to locomotives at Newton Abbot Station, 1940


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Date: 28th February 2014

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: W7 006 & HWW2-2 003

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Bomb damage to locomotives at Newton Abbot Station, 1940

On 20th August 1940 Newton Abbot Station was attacked by three German planes. This image shows the devastation that was caused by both bomb damage and extensive machine gun fire. Parts of the station were completely destroyed, along with damage to 15 locomotives, 52 passenger carriages and 22 goods wagons. In total, 60 people died or were seriously injured. The image shows pannier tank No. 2785 attached by chain to Grange Class locomotive, No. 6801, Aylburton Grange, to stop it falling into a bomb crater

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Air Raid Bomb Bomb Damage Pannier Tank World War 2


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This evocative photograph captures the aftermath of the devastating air raid on Newton Abbot Station that occurred on August 20, 1940. Three German planes attacked the station, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. The image reveals the extent of the bomb damage and machine gun fire that engulfed the station, with parts of the building completely destroyed and numerous locomotives and carriages reduced to ruins. Among the damaged locomotives are pannier tank No. 2785 and Grange Class locomotive, No. 6801, Aylburton Grange, which are seen here attached by chain to prevent No. 2785 from falling into a bomb crater. The once proud steam engines, which had once hauled trains across the picturesque Devon countryside, now lie battered and broken. The attack resulted in the loss of 15 locomotives, 52 passenger carriages, and 22 goods wagons. Tragically, 60 people lost their lives or were seriously injured in the raid. The scene in this photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the human cost and devastation caused by the air raids during World War II.

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