King Edward VII's writing desk in the Royal
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King Edward VII's writing desk in the Royal Saloon, no 800, L&NWR, 1903. This royal carriage was built for Edward VII (1841-1910) by the London & North Western Railway. Shown here is a detail of the King's writing desk, on which a pen, headed paper and a telephone are resting. The London & North Western Railway (L&NWR) was formed in 1846 as a merger between the Grand Junction Railway, the London & Birmingham and the Manchester & Birmingham railways. It became known as the 'Premier Line', and was the largest joint stock railway company in the United Kingdom.