Princess Elizabeth, a Royal Class Steam Locomotive

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Princess Elizabeth (46201)


Built: Designed by William Stanier, 6201 was built in 1933 at Crewe Works, the second of its class. She was re-numbered to 46201 in 1948. She was named after Princess Elizabeth (today HM Queen Elizabeth II) who was 7 years old at the time. Despite the class officially being named after 6200 "Princess Royal", the class received the nickname "Lizzies" after 6201 was built.

Description: Princess Royal class Pacific (4-6-2 configuration).

Duties: When originally built, she was used to haul the famous Royal Scot train between London Euston and Glasgow Central. She was withdrawn from service in July 2012 for a piston and valve examination at the Tyseley Locomotive Works and after repairs, she returned to service on 17 November hauling Vintage Trains' "Cumbrian Mountaineer" from Carnforth to Carlisle. She was withdrawn for overhaul at the end of December 2012 having completed her longest period of operation in preservation.

Significant Events: On 3 June 2012, Princess Elizabeth's whistle signalled the start of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant while the locomotive was standing on Battersea Railway Bridge. The Queen was made aware of the locomotive and waved to the crew on the footplate. On 11 July 2012 Princess Elizabeth hauled the Royal Train from Newport to Hereford and again from Worcester to Oxford as part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour.

Retirement: 46201 was withdrawn from service in 1962 and was bought by the then Princess Elizabeth Locomotive Society. Initially kept at the Dowty Railway Preservation Society's premises at Ashchurch in Gloucestershire, and then subsequently at the Bulmers Railway Centre in Hereford. When the Bulmers Centre closed in the 1990s, the loco moved to the East Lancashire Railway. Since April 2009 it has been based at the Crewe Heritage Centre.


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