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Britannia 70000

Built at a cost of £20000 in 1951 Britannia was the first of a new class of Steam Locomotives and was the prototype. 55 were built.

 

Britannia pulled the funeral train of King George VI from Kings Lynn to London in February 1952

Britannia 70000

Built at a cost of £20000 in 1951 Britannia was the first of a new class of Steam Locomotives and was the prototype. 55 were built.

 

Britannia pulled the funeral train of King George VI from Kings Lynn to London in February 1952

comments (18)

This sets a nice scene for the ubiquitous Steam Locomotive. Love it.
Bill Phillips: This locomotive has spent many more years running on heritage lines than it did when it was in service
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 21 Nov 2018, 02:02
your capture is fascinating
Bill Phillips: A fine locomotive but really it was obsolete before it was even built
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Nov 2018, 03:04
Lovely sense of being in the smoke.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Ray
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Nov 2018, 06:34
The Western had quite a number of allocations until the early 1960s, mainly for the Cardiff expresses. I seem to remember enginemen preferred the GW designs. However on the Eastern they were loved and did sterling work out of Liverpool Street for decades..
Bill Phillips: I think the GW men couldn't understand anything that wasn't adorned with brass and copper grin
A Royal Carriage, then, Bill?!
Bill Phillips: The carriage is one of a set of teak carriages. There is a royal carriage in the museum from where this snap was taken
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Nov 2018, 07:13
A wonderful steam locomotive image - what a glorious name and what a historical moment!
Bill Phillips: Thank you Philine. Built at a time when the rest of the world had moved to diesel and electric.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Nov 2018, 07:25
This some fascinating shot, Bill. Did you know about the history when you captured this "beast"....
Bill Phillips: I didn't know it pulled the funeral train
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 21 Nov 2018, 07:35
How many of the 55 are still remaining, Bill?
Bill Phillips: I think only this one Lisl...Chris will correct me if I am wrong.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 21 Nov 2018, 08:02
I don’t like that term ‘pulled’ I’m afraid. I prefer ‘met’, or ‘ became acquainted with’.
Bill Phillips: You are a daft sod at times
Certainly the picture captures de fantastic history of this locomotive.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Paula. It is a very well known locomotive here
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Nov 2018, 11:05
Steam loco's are so much more impressive and maybe intimidating (think of a puffing dragon - not the one in the song).
Bill Phillips: They have a life to them Louis, and a technology I can just about understand grin
A fine shot of a fine loco, is this the West Somerset, it was there when we visited a few years ago?
Bill Phillips: Severn Valley Brian. It was the last day of its' visit
It does have a regal look about it, Bill.
Bill Phillips: It is a handsome engine and was hauling a set of teak coaches which you will see more of later in the week
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Nov 2018, 16:40
A fine locomotive and well-designed using best practice from forerunners. I think only one other of this class is preserved (Oliver Cromwell).
Bill Phillips: Ah yes of course. I had forgotten!
It would cost a heck of a lot more today!
Bill Phillips: It certainly would I looked on a website that calculates this sort of thing and it came up with £672000
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 21 Nov 2018, 18:40
I saw this engine many times, and all the others in the class in about 1958 ish in Cambridge during my train spotting phase.
Bill Phillips: Then you were a fortunate youth
  • Anne
  • France
  • 21 Nov 2018, 20:22
Magnifique ambiance.
Bill Phillips: Thank you very much Anne
Good use of monochrome...
Bill Phillips: Thanks Larry. It was not good in colour...partly because it isn't all that sharp

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