Our own war casualty

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The Spring edition of NRM Review features several articles about World War 2. Unfortunately, we ran out of space at 68 pages, so this small article is published here instead. In this commemoration of the end of World War 2, we must not forget our own exhibit, Furness Railway No 3, better known as Coppernob, which still bears the scars of an attack on Barrow-in-Furness Central station on the night of 5 May 1941. It was on display in a large glass case, reminiscent in design of the Palm House at Kew Gardens, but this and a large part of the station was destroyed in the raid. Coppernob suffered shrapnel damage puncturing the large copper dome and the tender, with much superficial damage from the glass case collapsing around it.