It’s a great day for steam or diesel lovers on Saturday with both coming to the wall.
First on the wall will be D1015 Western Champion which departs from Tame Bridge Parkway at 0507 and travels down through Bristol and reaches us on the wall around 0932. The Pathfinders tour then proceeds to Plymouth and over the Royal Albert Bridge headed to Penzance for 1250.
The passengers have a few hours at Penzance before starting the return Journey at 1625 and passing the cameras around 1941. Arrival back at Tame Bridge Parkway is at 0019 so its a long day for all those onboard.
The second tour of the day has LMS Princess Class 4-6-2 no 46201 Princess Elizabeth leading the Cathedrals Express to Cornwall – Day 1.
Leaving London Victoria at 0844 she heads down via Reading and Taunton before arriving at Exeter St Davids at 1403. The passengers then have just over two hours for a quick dash into the city while Princess Elizabeth takes a rest in Riverside Yard. There should be a Diesel on the back which will then be removed and follow to Penzance later on as a light engine.
At 1600 the Princess Elizabeth makes her way from Riverside Yard to Exeter St Davids ready the next part of the journey at 1623. The Cathedrals Express is Booked to stop at Dawlish Warren at 1640 and will wait there until 1654 giving another chance for those keen photographers to get snapping. She will then head along the wall, hopefully with a whistle for the cameras, and head for Plymouth at 1812 where she has a one hour water stop. While she sits at Plymouth the Western will arrive on her return journey giving a fabulous opportunity for those with cameras. The Western is waiting for 15 minutes at Plymouth for those wanting the information.
Back to the Cathedrals and at 1915 the Princess Elizabeth leads the tour from Plymouth, across the Royal Albert Bridge and into Cornwall arriving in Penzance for 2126.
This is from the steamdreams.co.uk/ brochure.
6201 was built in 1933 at Crewe Works and was one of 13 Princess Royal Class locomotives.
She was built for the London, Midland & Scottish (LMS) Railway and was named after the young Princess Elizabeth, later to become Queen Elizabeth II.
During the majority of the locomotive’s working life, Princess Elizabeth – affectionately known as ‘Lizzie’ – hauled the famous Royal Scot train between London Euston and Glasgow Central. In 1936, inspired by competition and rivalry from the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) the LMS meticulously planned a record attempt. The intention was to beat the LNER’s ‘Six Hour Edinburgh Express’; a publicity coup was achieved when Princess Elizabeth successfully gained the record for the longest and fastest steam hauled non-stop passenger train.
Withdrawn in 1962, Princess Elizabeth was purchased by a private owner and the Princess Elizabeth Locomotive Society was formed to support the engine. In 1976 the locomotive returned to the main line and has continued to haul rail tours, the Royal Train, and take part in events ever since. On 3rd June 2012, the locomotive had the honour of starting ‘The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant’ celebrations by sounding the Stanier Hooter whilst standing on Chelsea Bridge.
The Cathedrals Express to Cornwall returns on Tuesday. Leaving Penzance at 0914 she returns to Plymouth for a one hour water stop at 1120 before passing us around 1356 and stopping at Exeter at 1411 for another break. She departs Exeter st Davids at 1531 making its way back through Taunton and Reading before arriving in London Victoria at 2101.