Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

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This is my third consecutive photograph into the realms of black and white photography. I chose this photograph because, in the days when steam train were at their height, black and white films were the way you recorded them.

This is a section from the steam train Princess Elizabeth. By showing her wheels, I wanted to promote the sense of power.

The 6201, Princess Elizabeth, was built in 1933 at Crewe Works and was one of 13 Princess Royal Class locomotives.

She was built for the London, Midland & Scottish (LMS) Railway and was named after the young Princess Elizabeth, later to become Queen Elizabeth II.

During the majority of the locomotive's working life, Princess Elizabeth - affectionately known as 'Lizzie' - hauled the famous Royal Scot train between London Euston and Glasgow Central. In 1936, inspired by competition and rivalry from the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) the LMS meticulously planned a record attempt. The intention was to beat the LNER's 'Six Hour Edinburgh Express'; a publicity coup was achieved when Princess Elizabeth successfully gained the record for the longest and fastest steam hauled non-stop passenger train.

Withdrawn in 1962, Princess Elizabeth was purchased by a private owner and the Princess Elizabeth Locomotive Society was formed to support the engine. In 1976 the locomotive returned to the main line and has continued to haul rail tours, the Royal Train, and take part in events ever since. On 3rd June 2012, the locomotive had the honour of starting 'The Queen?s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant' celebrations by sounding the Stanier Hooter whilst standing on Chelsea Bridge. - The Steam Dream Railway Company

I photographed the train at Bury Station, where there was a festival of steam trains. As a workshop, I will show a couple of the engineers working on the train.

Have a lovely weekend, from a very windy and very wet N.E. Lancashire, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9188 W: 366 N: 21269] (83719)
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