Royal Train visits the West Somerset Railway

Royal Train
Credit: West Somerset Railway

The West Somerset Railway has announced that they were honoured to host the Royal Train for Her Majesty the Queen ahead of her visit to Somerset.

Arriving early Thursday morning after leaving London Euston station late the previous evening, the Royal Train was taken onto WSR metals from the main line connection.

It was then stabled on WSR tracks close to HM Royal Marine 40 Commando base at Norton Manor camp.

The Royal visitor then left the WSR route from the junction Norton Fitzwarren around 09.30 and then via rail for the short journey to Castle Cary station.

It’s the third time that the Minehead branch has seen Royal visitors stay overnight on the line after the Duke of Edinburgh visited in 2002 for the 50th anniversary of the Lynton & Lynmouth Flood Disaster, and King George VI also stayed near Norton Fitzwarren during the Second World War years.

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