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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 5 (August 1, 1935)


Jubilee celebrations on the Home railways added much brightness to passenger travel. Stations and offices were gaily decorated in town and country, and in the hotels and restaurant cars special Jubilee fare was featured. Exceptionally heavy demands were made on all the group lines in conveying visitors to the London celebrations, while so far as traffic would allow as many railway employees as possible were released from duty to enable them to join in the festivities associated with the great occasion in the Empire's history.

The Royal Jubilee will be permanently recorded in the railway world by the putting into service on the London and North Eastern Railway of a new high-speed steam train named “Silver Jubilee.” This train is timed to cover the 268 miles between King's Cross Station, London, and Newcastle-on-Tyne in exactly four hours. It leaves Newcastle-on-Tyne daily (except Saturdays and Sundays) at 10.0 a.m., and in the reverse direction, the departure from London is at 5.30 p.m. A stop at Darlington is included in both the Up and Down runs. The train consists of first and third-class corridor coaches and restaurant cars, with a total seating capacity of 194. The locomotive and coaches are streamlined, and the cars are built on the articulated principle. For travel on this super-express, a small supplementary charge is made.

The introduction of the “Silver Jubilee” flyer marks the opening of the new high-speed era on the Home railways, a development foreshadowed by the various high-speed experimental runs referred to in recent London Letters. The intention is to gradually put into service numbers of these exceptionally fast lightweight expresses connecting the principal cities, and just how far the railways will go in this direction depends largely upon the public response to the present venture.