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Princess Elizabeth
Running time: 3 hours approx


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Locomotive 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' was built at Crewe in 1933 to a design by William Stanier, and was specifically designed for long distance, non-stop running. In November 1936 the locomotive travelled non-stop from Euston to Glasgow, and the following day returned non-stop to Euston. The average speed was 70mph in each direction, a steam record that still stands today. The driver, Tom Clark of Crewe, was awarded the OBE for his achievement.

'Princess Elizabeth' was purchased from BR in 1962, and delivered to Ashchurch in 1963.  The 'Princess Elizabeth' Society was formed shortly afterwards, and still owns and operates 6201 on the main line. The Society is, and always has been, run by volunteers who give their time and money to preserve this historic locomotive.

The locomotive was named after Her Majesty the Queen when she was a young girl, and the Society has always maintained contact with the Palace. They presented Her Majesty with a model of the locomotive at Crewe in 1987.

The DVD features all-action footage with no commentary.

Part 1:  May 2002 to April 2004 (90 mins approx)

May 11th 2002 Preston-Carlisle-Preston 8 locations
June 1st 2002 Preston-Settle-Carlisle-Preston 8 locations
September 7th 2002 Liverpool-Carlisle-L.pool 10 locations
September 28th 2002 Carlisle-Perth 6 locations
October 19th 2002 Bristol-Plymouth-Bristol 15 locations
November 30th 2002 Standege 3 locations
April 12th 2003 Chester-Settle-Carlisle 10 locations
April 26th 2003 Carlisle-Settle-Crewe 7 locations
June 2nd/30th 2003 Chester-Victoria 4 locations
June 6th July 4th 2003 Euston-L.pool 5 locations
June 21st 2003 Crewe-Holyhead-Crewe 13 locations
July 12th 2003 Lostock Hall Jnc-Settle-Carlisle 5 locations
July 19th Carlisle-Settle-Lostock Hall Jnc 9 locations
April 3rd 2004 Preston Carlisle 4 locations on Shap

Part 2:  1988 to 1993 (60 mins approx)

One hour of action featuring the Settle & Carlisle, North Wales Coast, Welsh Marches, Cumbrian Coast routes.

Part 3:  1986 (30 mins approx)

In November 1986 the locomotive celebrated 50 years since the record run. This sequence features on-train footage of the journey from Stockport to Carnforth.

NB Some of the material on this DVD also features in some volumes of our biannual Mainline series

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