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Royal Trains

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:17 pm
by dumb buffer
Rereading Vol I of Jim Summers work on Operating the Caledonian Railway, the chapter about Royal Trains p156 I noted that detonators were not to be used except in cases of emergency. There are other references to "no whistling" which suggest something of an obsession with silence around the Royal travellers, and I wondered how communication between the two locomotives (e.g the two crows when starting out) were managed silently. That was hardly an emergency. I guess the whole business of routing whistles would be irrelevant on such a train.

Allan Ferguson

Re: Royal Trains

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:21 pm
by jimwatt2mm
'The Scottish Railway Book', my copy of which has gone AWOL, had reproduction of the instructions for the visit of the Tzar to Balmoral. It details all those trains which had to be delayed or run early to avoid interfering with the Royal Train and those which had to be put in loops or refuge sidings.
Included was the instruction the firemen were to ensure that their locos were not 'blowing off' as the train passed.

Jim W

Re: Royal Trains

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:07 pm
by caleyJim
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These are the instructions to which Jim W refers. You might need to zoom in a bit to read. If you need a better copy PM me.