I was a student in Leeds in the mid-1960s, and read with great interest your account of the final months of the Jubilee class in BR operation. However, let me fill in a couple of blanks.
I was surprised that there was nothing about what I believe to be the last working of the class in Scotland.
This was the ‘South Yorkshireman’ special on September 24, 1966, which ran from Bradford Forster Square via Ais Gill and Beattock to Glasgow Central and back, hauled throughout by No. 45565 Victoria. I include a shot of the train awaiting departure from Glasgow (right).
You mention briefly the short stay of execution for No. 45562 Alberta at the end of October 1967, for one final railtour. This was an MRTS special which left Manchester Victoria behind No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, running as far as Normanton.
Here, the Jubilee took over for what was definitely the last BR passenger train hauled by this class (see below).
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