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Q18.11. Royal Journeys to Sandringham

Q18.11. Royal Journeys to Sandringham.
The Royal Family traditionally take a Christmas and New Year holiday at Sandringham, with a lot of train travel to get there and back. But the Royal Train vehicles based at Wolverton were not used, so the journeys do not feature in the National Railway Museum records recently referred to in A13.02, leading to three questions about these journeys:
When did HM the Queen first travel from Liverpool Street instead of Kings Cross?
When was the last Royal Train to use Wolferton station?
When were the East Coast Joint Stock saloons 395 and 396 used for the last time? (Mark Chaplin: 16826)


ANSWERS
Do you mean use KX instead of Liverpool Street, since KX is now used? I imagine that HM the Queen has always used a through train and that this would therefore be when Lynn services ceased to be run regularly from Liverpool Street and moved to KX following completion of the Royston to Cambridge and Cambridge to Ely and Kings Lynn wirings. (Stuart Hicks)

Although not specific to the query, your correspondent may not be aware of the article published in Traction magazine of March 2005 titled 'Great Eastern line Royal Trains in the 1960's' and my letter published in the May 2005 edition ' Working on 'The Royal'. Where I had the experience of working on the Royal train from Liverpool Street to Kings Lynn in 1969 as the travelling fitter. David Flatman 17908

I have only just noticed the request for clarification from Stuart Hicks. I do mean a change from use of Kings Cross to use of Liverpool Street, and I think it occurred some time in the late 1950s. Liverpool Street is located in the City of London and Royal Protocols have to be observed when the Monarch enters the City. In GER days these were avoided by travelling to and from Sandringham via St Pancras, and in LNER days by going via Kings Cross. Use of Kings Cross continued into the 1950s, but by the 1960s Liverpool Street was being used, and I want to pinpoint when the change took place. Once I have a date then I can try to find out what changed to allow Liverpool Street to be used. I didn't include any of this in the original question because it would have been too long winded. The change back from Liverpool Street to Kings Cross is an interesting question, but not what I was asking! I suspect that there was a gap when trains were not used at all. I don't know when use of Liverpool Street ended but it is probably 1988 at the latest, the last Christmas with an all day through service between Liverpool Street and Kings Lynn. I do know that Her Majesty travelled by class 365 from Kings Cross in 2009 but that may not be the earliest instance. So the gap could be up to 20 years long. regards Mark

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