Fifty years ago today, 24 January 1965, the great British statesman Sir Winston Churchill died at the age of 90 years. He was given a State Funeral just 6 days later on Saturday 30 January 1965. His coffin was taken by train from London to Oxfordshire to be buried in the churchyard at Bladon near Blenheim Palace, and just a mile from Hanborough Station. The funeral train was appropriately hauled by 34051 "Sir Winston Churchill" hauling 6 coaches, including SR luggage van 2464 which carried the coffin. The attached photos show the funeral train about a mile north of Culham Station and about to cross the River Thames. To the best of the writer's knowledge there has been no State Funeral or funeral train in Britain in the intervening 50 years.
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