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Swanage Railway Pays Tribute To Fallen Soldiers


5:26pm 10th May 2013

Three soldiers killed in Afghanistan will be honoured at Swanage Railway's Diesel Gala.

An iconic 99-ton locomotive named after a Scottish Army regiment will carry a poignant wreath in memory of the fallen heroes.

The Soldiers who were serving with the Royal Regiment of Scotland's 2nd and 3rd Battalions, were tragically killed last week. Their armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb during a routine patrol in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Graham Clarke, of the Deltic Preservation Society, told Wessex FM, "We want to honour the memory of the three fallen heroes from the Royal Regiment of Scotland. We're proud to bear the name on our locomotive and we have a duty to show respect to the Royal Highland Fusiliers. That's why we will be displaying the wreath on the front of our locomotive to show our respect for the fallen, and to show our support for those who are injured."

He continued to give us more information on the train that will carry the wreath, "We've maintained links with the Regiment since we bought No. 55 019 'Royal Highland Fusilier' back in 1982.  We are proud of that association and we want it to continue long into the future."

The Royal Highland Fusilier is one of many visiting main line trains which will be at the three day event, associated with Dorset Beer Festival, kicking off today (9th May).

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