Belfast Telegraph

Queen marks first Royal train journey 175 years ago

By Tony Jones

The Queen has revealed her love of train travel on the day she recreated the first railway journey made by a monarch.

While Queen Victoria made the trip from Slough to London Paddington by steam 175 years ago, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh travelled on a modern electric-diesel service to be introduced later this year by Great Western Railway (GWR).

Renowned Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel created the route the royal couple travelled along and they were joined for the journey on Tuesday by his descendant, Isambard Thomas.

Mr Thomas (53), Brunel's great-great-great-grandson, sat next to the Queen and said: "It was fascinating how much interest she has in trains and in train journeys."

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