The loco Britannia, No.70000 steamed through Whitchurch twice today as she hauled an excursion from London to Salisbury and back.
Enthusiasts gathered along the line, and there was as always, a goodly crowd at the railway station to see this magnificent marvel of engineering from the past.
Britannia was built in 1951 and was built to haul expresses in East Anglia on the line to Norwich. A claim to special fame was that the cab roof was painted white to mark the locomotive pulling the funeral train of George VI in 1952. She went out of service in 1966.
When Britannia came through Whitchurch last year she was in her British Railways black, but this year she has been repainted in British Railways Brunswick Green.
Britannia hauled the Royal train in January this year with Prince Charles aboard who rededicated the loco. Once again she had the white cab roof.
She was once owned by songwriter/DJ Peter Waterman who sold her to the present owner Jeremy Hoskin, business man and part owner of Crystal Palace Football Club.
That’s enough ‘anorak-ism’ for now!
(A video of last week’s Tornado through town is now on our YouTube channel. See HERE for story.)