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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 8 (November 2, 1936)

The Railways and the Coronation

The Railways and the Coronation.

With the Coronation of His Majesty King Edward still some months ahead, the Home railways are already preparing their excursion plans for this historic occasion. Special trains will be run by all the group lines to London for viewing the ceremony and its accompanying pageantry. So far as can be foreseen, practically every locomotive and every passenger carriage will be pressed into service to convey loyal travellers to London. Among the 130 special trains which the London, Midland & Scottish Railway have already arranged to run from the provinces to the metropolis for the Coronation, is one from Inverness and back, a distance of 1,136 miles. Over twenty special trains will also be run from other parts of Scotland, including points as far off as Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth and Ayr. Thirty-five excursions will come from the Midlands; 22 from Lancashire and Yorkshire; two from Wales; and one from Northern Ireland. The London & North Eastern also plan large-scale excursion bookings for the Coronation from Scotland and the North of England; while Wales, western and southern England are already arranging excursions over the metals of the Great Western and Southern systems.