The Royal Train 40 Years ago at Penzance
This unique vehicle forms a direct link back to that early 1930’s period of L.M.S. history when Lord Stamp, who regularly used it for personal travel over the railway’s system, exerted great influence as both the President and Chief Executive of the company and Sir William Stanier had just arrived as its new Chief Mechanical Engineer to revolutionise the types of motive power then available and produce new designs, including engines capable of working the heaviest express passenger trains. This resulted in the appearance of the ‘Princess Royal’ and ‘Princess Coronation’ class locomotives, one of each of which are the part of the trust’s collection.Since Saloon 45000 moved to the West Shed in 2005, the interior has been gradually restored by volunteers 'room by room' including replacement and repainting of rotten wooden panels, re-wiring of original light fittings and cleaning of carpets and furniture.
In 2012, Saloon 45000 featured as a special invited guest at the ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’. During this event the Saloon was part of a display of Royal vehicles to mark the celebrations of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. Volunteers accompanied the Saloon and welcomed thousands of visitors inside. Following this, in July 2013 the PRCLT won the ‘Work with Collections’ category award at the ‘Derbyshire Heritage Awards’ for the restoration work carried out on Saloon 45000 and its display at Goodwood. This award reflects the high standard of work that has been carried out by volunteers on the Saloon over the past few years, for which the PRCLT is grateful.
It was eventually painted in the GWR Merlin livery and can be seen prior to that on the 12th August 1996 on the sleeper service at Penzance, at which time ran to and from Waterloo rather than Paddington.
Kind Regards, Martin Baker