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Antique steam engine surprises commuters at London train station

By Ben Hooper
Antique steam engine surprises commuters at London train station
A 70-year-old steam engine surprises commuters at a London train station. Screenshot: Storyful

LONDON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Commuters at a London railway station were treated to an unusual sight -- a 70-year-old steam train chugging along on the tracks.

A video posted to YouTube by user 4Kmemento memento shows the moment commuters were stunned Nov. 29 when the latest arrival to Norbury station was the antique steam engine rather than the usual commuting trains.

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"This morning 29 November 2016 the commuters were stunned to see this unexpected old steam train which had passed trough Norbury," the video's description reads.

"Built in December 1946, Lord Dowding was one of the first members of the 'Battle of Britain' class. Identical in all but name to the 'West Country' class, the Southern Railway decided to name the class after squadrons, airfields, commanders and aircraft that had participated in the Battle of Britain.

Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding was an officer in the Royal Air Force. He served as a fighter pilot in the First World War and in the Second World War was the Commanding Officer of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. He was credited for playing a key role in the defeating Hitler's plan to invade Britain."

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