Queen Alexandra's Saloon

Made:
1902 in Wolverton railway works
maker:
London & North Western Railway
Queen Alexandra's Saloon (railway carriage) Queen Alexandra's Saloon (railway carriage)

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Railway carriage, London & North Western Railway, Queen Alexandra's Saloon, No 801, built in 1902.

Queen Alexandra's Saloon was designed by J. C. Park and built at the London & North Western Railway Carriage Works at Wolverton.

Originally, the saloon was painted in the purple, brown, and cream livery of the L&NWR, with gold plated door handles and hand-painted royal coats-of-arms on the exterior. The headstocks were embellished with gilt-covered lions heads. The livery was repainted during World War II to its current London, Midland & Scottish Railway red in order to make it less conspicuous.

Internally, the arrangments included a day saloon, two dressing rooms, a bedroom, lavatory, and two vestibules at each end. When the carriage was first built there were two beds, the second being for Queen Alexandra's daughter the Princess Victoria.

After the accession of George V the carriage, along with its 'twin', King Edward VII's saloon, was modernised for the new king and his Queen Consort Mary. Modern bathroom fittings were added and the decor redesigned to Queen Mary's taste.

Details

Category:
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Object Number:
1983-7003
type:
railway carriage
credit:
British Rail, Historical Relics