On Royal Service

On the 3rd April 2012 towards the end of my shift at work an unknown train was seen heading for the station on CCF with no schedule in the system for it.  CCF is the  Network Rail Operations Control System which allows us to monitor trains and their performance.  Although the train had a headcode (1Z77) we could not ascertain what it was or where it was going.  Only one answer then… has to be the Royal Train.  It’s the only train that we can not access through our normal means.  Although the signaller will have the data, we won’t, as to put it bluntly, we don’t need to know.  The camera was grabbed and I shot up the platform in preparation to grab some shots as the train passed through.  Much to my surprise and pleasure the train came to a stop in my platform, allowing me plenty of time to grab some photos.  Thankfully my relief had just come onto the platform so I didn’t have to worry about doing any proper work, bonus.  In my previous post from the 3rd April I covered the traction hauling the train so this time I will focus on the train itself.

67 026 sits at Rugby hauling 1Z77 Cumbria - Wolverton Depot on the 3rd April 2012

67 026 sits at Rugby hauling 1Z77 Cumbria - Wolverton Depot on the 3rd April 2012

The train itself had been utilised by HRH The Prince of Wales for a visit to Cumbria, and was making its way back to Wolverton Depot where it is securely stabled between usage.  There are various vehicles which make up the Royal Train, the carriages getting swapped in and out of the formation depending on who is travelling and whether it is being utilised for an overnight stay.  On this day the formation of the train was as follows:

67026 'Diamond Jubilee'
Type Number Description
Mk2  2921   Royal Household Couchette, Kitchen & Brake Van
Mk3  2922   HRH The Prince of Wales's Sleeping Car
Mk3  2923   HRH The Prince of Wales's Saloon
Mk3  2916   Royal Family Dining Car with Kitchen
Mk3  2917   Royal Household Dining Car with Kitchen
Mk3  2915   Royal Household Sleeping Car
Mk2  2920   Royal Household Couchette, Diesel Generator & Brake Van

67006 'Royal Sovereign'

Mk3 2922, HRH The Prince of Wales's Sleeping Car sits at Rugby in the consist of 1Z77 Cumbria to Wolverton Depot on the 3rd Arpil 2012

Mk3 2922, HRH The Prince of Wales's Sleeping Car sits at Rugby in the consist of 1Z77 Cumbria to Wolverton Depot on the 3rd Arpil 2012

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~ by gingespotting on April 7, 2012.

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