The Railway Benefit Fund will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with steam railtour to Windsor on Friday 3 June. The Crewe based charity, whose President is music producer Pete Waterman, is partnering with Locomotive Services Limited to run the charter from Crewe, picking up passengers at Stafford and Nuneaton.
The Royal Charter, hauled by the steam locomotive 70000 Britannia, will head to Windsor to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of loyal service. Passengers onboard the train will have the choice of First Class Non-Dining tickets featuring armchair comfort, or can opt for First Class Pullman Dining, which includes a sumptuous breakfast, four-course dinner, glass of champagne and half a bottle of wine per person, created by the Executive Chef.
The event has been organised by the Railway Benefit Fund, a national charity supporting current, former and retired railway staff, based on Nantwich Road. Locomotive Services Limited, also based in Crewe, are kindly supporting the charity railtour. All money raised from The Royal Charter will go directly to the Railway Benefit Fund, allowing them to continue to help railway people who have fallen on hard times.
The iconic locomotive 70000 Britannia, which will haul The Royal Charter, was built in Crewe in 1952. She was the first British Railways standard locomotive to be built and the first of 55 locomotives of the Britannia class. Current President of the Railway Benefit Fund and legendary music producer Pete Waterman, owned Britannia from 2000 to 2006, where she was stored at his workshops at the Crewe Heritage Centre. Pete said:
“What better way to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than a luxury steam experience to Windsor, while raising money for charity. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event which I am incredibly excited to be attending myself.”
More information on The Royal Charter and the link to purchase tickets can be found on the RBF website.