Swanage Railway unveils special steam locomotive headboards for Queen’s Jubilee

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A Swanage Railway volunteer has designed special headboards for Swanage Railway steam locomotives to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Dedicated volunteer Malcolm Munro has designed two special headboards, which will adorn the front of steam locomotives hauling trains between Norden, Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross and Swanage on the Platinum Jubilee weekend between Thursday 2 June and Sunday, June 5.

Malcolm Munro fitting a Platinum Jubilee headboard to No. 34072 ‘257 Squadron’ Battle of Britain class. // Credit: .Andrew PM Wright

During this weekend, trains will run on an appropriate plum-colored Platinum Jubilee timetable. Between 10.30am and 5.00pm steam trains will depart from Norden and Swanage every 45 minutes except for a 75 minute interval at lunchtime.

Stations along the line were decorated with plum colored streamers, banners and logos to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It took Malcolm a week to make the beautiful silver and red wooden headboards. Ten years ago he made two wooden headboards for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which were also worn at the front of the railway’s steam trains.

Platinum Jubilee loco headboards Malcolm Munro Norden station
Malcolm Munro with his Platinum Jubilee headboards. // Credit: Andrew PM Wright.

During this weekend, trains will run on an appropriate plum-colored Platinum Jubilee timetable. Between 10.30am and 5.00pm steam trains will depart from Norden and Swanage every 45 minutes except for a 75 minute interval at lunchtime.

Stations along the line were decorated with plum-colored banners, banners. and logos to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It took Malcolm a week to make the beautiful silver and red wooden headboards. Ten years ago he made two wooden headboards for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which were also worn at the front of the railway’s steam trains.

Malcolm has been a member of Swanage Railway for over 40 years and a volunteer for over 30 years. On January 1, 1972, he took the last British Rail train between Wareham, Corfe Castle and Swanage.

Malcolm said:

“The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is an event of national significance and I wanted to do something to help Swanage Railway mark this rare occasion in a way that is appropriate, memorable and special.

“The Platinum Jubilee is a milestone in the history of this country and the Royal Family in particular because Her Majesty The Queen is the longest reigning monarch we have ever had.

“The Queen represents an element of stability that this country needs at this time. After the challenges and ordeals of the Covid pandemic, it is important that we all celebrate and enjoy what we are blessed to have in this country – the freedom that the people of Ukraine are fighting for.

“Headboards indicating that trains were special work or special service were common in the days of steam – the Bournemouth Belle and the Royal Wessex being two trains in Dorset which carried such headboards at the front steam locomotives.

“I am delighted with the quality of the headboards – they stand out and look beautiful at the front of our steam locomotives, making all the hard work worthwhile.

“Headboards at the front of steam locomotives give their trains a very special and important look, conveying an evocative sense of excitement and occasion, which is the perfect way to mark and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen.”

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