Thursday, May 18, 2017

the LNER "Coronation" train

This was not for Royals but ordinary people:

First class accommodation with swiveling seats

Third class
"The Coronation was a streamlined express passenger train run by the London and North Eastern Railway between London King's Cross and Edinburgh Waverley. Named to mark the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, it was inaugurated on 5 July 1937. The down train (northbound) left London at 16:00 and arrived in Edinburgh at 22:00; the up train (southbound) ran half an hour later.

"The design was based on the very successful streamlined train, The Silver Jubilee, built in 1935, but instead of being painted silver, it was given a two-tone blue livery. Internally it was decorated in the Art Deco style.

"The train was formed of four two-car articulated units, with a 'beaver-tail' observation car (above) added in summer, marshalled as follows on a southbound service from Edinburgh to London, the northbound service from London to Edinburgh would be marshalled the opposite way round with the Locomotive and tender, and observation car being coupled to the opposite ends."

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