Up Cathedrals Express train, 1958

Up Cathedrals Express train, 1958
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British Railways up Cathedrals Express at Sonning Cutting, Berkshire, 1958. The Cathedrals Express ran between London Paddington station and the cathedral cities of Hereford and Worcester, operating between 1957 and 1965. This 'up' passenger train is heading towards London, hauled by Castle Class locomotive No 7005, Sir Edward Elgar. The engine carries the Cathedrals Express headboard, with its distinctive bishop's mitre, on the smokebox. Built by the Great Western Railway in 1946 and originally called Lamphey Castle, the locomotive was renamed in 1957. Elgar, one of England's best known musical composers, was born near Worcester. Photographer Maurice Earley.

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