Point of Interest

Queen’s Train

England / Europe

The Queen’s Train is a full-size replica of a Dean 4-2-2 of the Achilles Clan, no 3041 used as part of Madame Tussaud’s ‘Royalty and Empire’ exhibition, a display specially created for Windsor to recreate the celebrations of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The original steam locomotive conveyed Queen Victoria to London on the day of her Diamond Jubilee – 22 June 1897. It pulled six new carriages and was adorned, then as now, with Queen Victoria’s coat of arms. The Great Western Railway links Windsor to Slough as it has done since December 1849. When it was built, it made a great difference to the life of Windsor, since commuters could now live in Windsor, but travel to London daily for work. Queen Victoria frequently travelled by train, having become, in 1842, the first monarch ever to take a train ride. Evidently she did not enjoy the experience as much as the Prince Consort. It was when leaving the station in March 1882 that a deranged man tried to shoot her. 

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