'The Palatine' approaching Leicester, c 1939.
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The Palatine express train, pulled by a Jubilee class 4-6-0 locomotive number 5660 Rooke. The Midland Railway's Palatine service ran once a day between St Pancras station in London and Manchester, passing through Leicester and Derby, and on to Manchester through the Peak District. It was a fast journey, taking around 3 hours, even though the train had to climb some steep inclines in the Peak District.