70000 Britannia

Posted: June 14, 2015 in History, Trains
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70000 Britannia was the first of 55 Britannia class locomotives built for British Railways. She left Crewe works in January 1951 and worked out of Stratford in east London on the express services to East Anglia, most notably the Harwich boat train.


She was subsequently housed at Norwich and March depots before transferring to Midland Region in March 1963 working out of Willesden and afterwrds Crewe and Newton Heath. She was withdrawn from service in May 1966.


Britannia had an uneventful service record, the highlight of which was that in February 1952 she pulled the royal train from Sandringham to London carrying the body of King George V.


After her withdrawal she was placed in service until she was transferred to Seven Valley Railway and returned to steam. She was later to work on the Nene Valley Railway and was restored to mainline specifications in 1991 and spent 6 years hauling mainline charters.

By Nigel Power (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Nigel Power (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

IN 1997 she was withdrawn and following restoration returned to operational duties in 2011. Brittania had the honour of hauling the royal train for a second time in January 2012, this time with Prince Charles as her passenger.

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