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Issue Date: 16/11/2006
Issue Name: 75th Anniversary of The Princess Elizabeth's record breaking run
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On 16 November 1936, a world record was created when a train hauled by LMS Pacific 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' travelled the 401 mile journey between London and Glasgow at an average speed of 68.2 mph. Celebrate with this attractive cover featuring a great photograph by Alan Seymour. This cover features a 1 pence stamp along with a 31 pence Royal Scot stamp and has a Glasgow postmark.
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70th Anniversary of the first non stop run from London to Glasgow
Before the Second World War there was great rivalry between LNER and LMS. LMS contemplated a six hour non stop service between London and Glasgow but need information to ascertain its practicality. At that time, Crewe North men worked both south to London and also as far north as Perth. It therefore fell to a Crewe Driver and Tom Clark, the Senior Driver, in particular, to work the trial train, designated train '703' from London Euston to Glasgow Central.
On the 16th November 1936 with 6201 Princess Elizabeth at its head, Tom Clark and fireman Charles Fleet and passed fireman Albert Shaw reached Glasgow Central in 5 hours and 53 minutes 38 seconds. The following day, November 17th, they did it again in the reverse direction in 5 hours 44 minutes 14 seconds. On arrival the crew were taken to Broadcasting House and interviewed by the BBC.
Less than a month after claiming the world speed record, on the 12th July 1937 Tom Clark drove the Royal Train from Crewe to Euston. On reachng the terminus King George VI who had been travelling with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret summoned Tom from the footplate. Unwashed and still wearng his overalls, the King conferred upon Tom the Order of the British Empire, for his record runs to and from Glasgow in 1936.
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