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The Royal Train visits South Wales
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited South Wales over the 26th/27th April 2012 on the Diamond Jubilee tour of South Wales. On the first day of the Diamonds tour, the Royal couple arrived into Cardiff Central by the Royal train. The Royal couple immediately visited Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff for a service of thanksgiving before travelling to Margam Park to meet the Grand Slam winning Welsh rugby team. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh viewed a community festival and had lunch in the Orangery. The Royal couple would then later visit Meryhyr visiting Cyfarthfa High School and the Castle Museum. After staying at Rhiwderin, the second day of the Diamond Jubilee tour started at Aberfan where the Royal Couple unveiled a plaque at the new Ynysowen Community Primary School in Aberfan, 46years following the horrific Aberfan disaster of 1966. The Royal Couple visited Ebbw Vale and met former steel workers and museum volunteers at a newly refurbished works general office as well as attending a service in the town's Christ Church and met community groups in a reception. The Royal couple also attended a 'Diamonds in the Park' Festival in Glanusk park near Crickhowell which featured many rural and sport activities. The Royal couple would then later return to London by the royal train. I photographed the Royal train during their visit to South Wales several times.
After an overnight stay at Rhiwderin, DB Schenker's Diamond Jubilee liveried and named 67026 hauls the Royal Train with 67006 Royal Sovereign from Rhiwderin to Abercynon at Coedkernew on the 27th April 2012 in a monsoon.
DB Schenker's Plum liveried 67006 'Royal Sovereign' leads a sleeper coach from the DB Management train consist for DB staff, the Royal train and the Diamond jubilee 67026 on the rear. The Royal train passes Undy halt working from Abercynon to London on the 27th April 2012.
DB Schenker's 67006 'Royal Sovereign' leads the Royal train and 67026 Diamond Jubilee at Coedkernew on the 26th April 2012 working from Rhiwderin to Abercynon.
DB Schenker's 67006 hauls the Royal Train over the oldest operational Railway viaduct in the world at Bassaleg, having been built for the Rumney Railway in 1826. The train was working from Cardiff Canton to Rhiwderin via Abercynon after finishing their first day of the Diamonds Jubilee tour on the 26th April 2012.
DB Schenker's Silver Jubilee 67026 brings up the rear of the Royal Train over the oldest operational Railway viaduct in the world at Bassaleg, having been built for the Rumney Railway in 1826. The train was working from Cardiff Canton to Rhiwderin via Abercynon after finishing their first day of the Diamonds Jubilee tour on the 26th April 2012
67026 and 67006 and the Royal train rest at Rhiwderin after finishing the first day of their Diamonds Jubilee tour of South Wales on the 27th April 2012.