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Mr Monkey at the National Railway Museum, 26th February

"You wouldn't want a royal train mistaken for one full of commoners"

Mr Monkey looking at royal running lights Mr Monkey looking into George VI's carriage

In the days of steam, they wanted to make sure that people recognized their royal trains. Mr Monkey inspected a display of the royal lamps attached to the royal locomotives; royal trains even had four lamps on the front instead of the usual two. Mr Monkey inspected one of the carriages built for George VI in 1941 by the LMS. Because there was a war on this carriage is fitted with armour plating, though Mr Monkey isn't sure exactly which bits are bullet proof.

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