What’s on at Locomotion

Royal Train

See examples of support coaches and royal coaches used by the royal family in the early 20th Century.

Adults, Suitable for all ages
Collection Building

The royal train is a major exhibit at Locomotion, which shows the splendour and quality of the coaches used by members of the royal family. You can view the fine interiors of the specially lit coaches and learn more about how the royal family travelled by rail.

LMS Black 5 No. 5000 is currently at the head of the royal train. Black Fives were hugely popular locomotives, with 842 examples being built in batches from 1934 onwards. The design was so good that it was later reused as the basis for the BR Standard Class 5, introduced in 1951.

Royal Power Car No 5154
This was a support vehicle for the royal train and was used on trains for Edward VIII, George V and Queen Elizabeth II. It provided power for the royal train with two generators. This meant that the royal train could stop anywhere and still receive power.

LMS Dining Car
This was a first class coach brought into service by the London North Western Railway. It took part in the Paris Exhibition in 1900 where it won the Grand Prix. The award winning coach was of such a high standard that King Edward VII took it straight into service on the royal train.

Queen Alexandra's Royal Saloon
The saloon was the private coach for Queen Alexandra (wife of King Edward VII). This was her own personal space aboard the train and the king would have also occupied his own coach. There is a day saloon and night saloon within the same coach – with astonishing furniture relative to what the average rail passengers would see on their journey today.

Background: 'Skegness is so Bracing' LNER Poster