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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Class 67006 'Royal Sovereign' Royal Train Loco and 67026 'Diamond Jubilee' Loco

Royal Train Class 67006 Diesel Locomotive 'Royal Sovereign' Stands In Northampton Railway Station
Royal Train Loco Class 67006

Class 67026 Diesel Locomotive 'Diamond Jubilee' Stands in Northampton Railway Station
Class 67026 'Diamond Jubilee' Locomotive    Photo: Charles Moorhen

During the reconstruction of Northampton's railway station in 2014, I decided to take a trip there in June to see how things were progressing and if there would be any traffic coming through that would be worth photographing.  

As it turned out it was well worth the time and energy consumed that afternoon.

In addition to the usual Class 350 EMU's, a number of Class 66's and Freightliner Class 70017, I was lucky to photograph a couple of Class 67 diesel locomotives; Royal Train locomotive Class 67006 'Royal Sovereign', and, Class 67026 'Diamond Jubilee', coupled together and running light.

Class 67006 is just one of a long line of locomotive providing the motive power for the Royal Train.  The first official Royal Train locomotive was broad gauge engine 2-2-2 Phlegethon of the Firefly class, driven by Daniel Gooch and assisted by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, where it hauled the train containing Queen Victoria from Slough to Paddington on the 13th June 1842.

Since that time many locomotives have provided the pulling power for the Royal Train, with a few examples listed here:
6233 Duchess of Sutherland  - LMS Princes Coronation Class 4-6-2.
6024 King Edward I  - GWR 'King' Class 4-6-0.
60163 Tornado - Peppercorn Class A1 4-6-2.
60028 Walter K. Whigham - Gresley A4 Pacific 4-6-2.
30938 St. Olave's - Maunsell 4-4-0.
70000 Britannia - BR Standard Class Britannia Pacific 7MT 4-6-2.

Running the Royal Train does not come cheap.  
In the year ending the 31st March 2012, the total cost of operaing the train, for a mere 13 trips covering a total distance of 912 miles, was a staggering £900,000; equating to £69,230 per trip!  

Here is a rolling stock 'QuickFinder ' for all Steam/Diesel Locomotives - Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) - Electric Multiple Units (EMU) photos to be found across the 'Along These Tracksblog pages.

Steam Locomotives:
30075   30517   34016   60163   71000   7802

Diesel Locomotives:
08466   08909   09018   20107   20311   20314   31168   31288   31305   31462   31467
43081   43151   57307   60017   66005   66013   66086   66237   66502   66765    67013  66017   66717   66729   66731   66738

Diesel Multiple Units:

153329  153364   153366   153370  156411  165006   172344  172345   220006   220010   220018   220028   222002   222015

Electric Multiple Units:

310086   317327   323214   350120   350250   390128   450108   

By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen Plaque on the side of Class 67 locomotive 'Royal Sovereign'
'By Appointment' Plaque on 'Royal Sovereign' Side Panel
Charles Moorhen

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