EIGHT years ago Prince Charles officially named new Peppercorn A1 Pacific
No. 60163 Tornado at York station before taking a cab ride as it hauled the Royal Train.
He later gave his permission for Tornado’s builder The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust to name new Gresley P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.
However, on Wednesday, January 25, Prince Charles downsized – riding in what may well have been the shortest royal train of them all, one pulled by gleaming black LMS ‘Jinty’ 3F 0-6-0T, which displayed the royal headcode. Indeed, the question was being asked – was No. 47406 the first of its class to carry that headcode.
The prince was welcomed by more than 800 schoolchildren from primary schools in Rothley, Mountsorrel, Quorn and Swithland, and volunteers, officials and civic dignitaries as he visited the Mountsorrel Railway to mark the opening of the Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre, which has been built in the former Nunckley Hill quarry.
Accompanied by Mountsorrel Railway director Steve Cramp, and greeted by a piper, he boarded the train at Mountsorrel station around 1.25pm and, dressed in overalls, was taken on the footplate the mile to Nunckley Hill.
Read more in Issue 225 of Heritage Railway – out now!