"Omaha" delights the crowds

The designers of vintage locomotives know their colours. A steam engine, which is essentially a hot, noisy, intricate machine, can be transformed into an object of immense beauty, just by painting in a deep, lustrous colour. Plus hours of cleaning and polishing. The visitors to Paignton Station on the 80th Anniversary of D-Day would surely have agreed. The custodian of this website, Peter Best, also owns USA Class S160 No.2253 “Omaha” locomotive, so named because his father, Squadron Leader Norman Best, landed on Omaha Beach on 6th June 1944, one of a team of some 150 RAF men, who provided radar support for allied aircraft during Operation Overlord. It is a First Class tribute.

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