Ex-British Railways Pacific no. 70000 ‘Britannia’ steamed in to Portsmouth on Saturday as the destination for an organised return trip from and back to Taunton. Britannia was built at Crewe, completed on January 2nd 1951 and is famous for pulling the funeral train of King George VI from Norfolk to London following his death in February 1952 at Sandringham House. Britannia was later withdrawn from service in May 1966 and has since been preserved and run on special railway trips across the UK.
Photos by Howard Thompson.