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Northern Belle train rode by Queen Mother will visit Grantham next month



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One of the world's most luxurious trains will visit Grantham next month.

A lucky passenger will sip champagne and tuck into a slap-up dinner while sitting in what was once the Queen Mother’s favourite seat.

But he or she will probably never know because staff on the Northern Belle are sworn to secrecy about just where she sat in one of the seven ornately-decorated 1930s-style Pullman carriages.

Majestic steam locomotive Princess Elizabeth hauling the Northern Belle over the spectacular Settle-Carlisle line. Photo: Channel 5 (56401130)
Majestic steam locomotive Princess Elizabeth hauling the Northern Belle over the spectacular Settle-Carlisle line. Photo: Channel 5 (56401130)

A spokesman explained: “The carriage used to form part of the Royal Train and we are told that the Queen Mum always liked to stretch out in the same seat while she sipped her gin and tonics.

“We don’t usually advertise the fact though, otherwise everybody would want to sit there and give a little regal wave out of the window as we pass through a station!

“And anyway, we like to think that every seat in our hand-decorated carriages, with their tapestries, paintings and marquetry work, is fit for a Queen!”.

One of the luxury 1930s-style Pullman carriages on the Northern Belle. (56401133)
One of the luxury 1930s-style Pullman carriages on the Northern Belle. (56401133)

Actor Bill Nighy described the Northern Belle as “the Grand Duchess of luxury train travel” when it featured on Channel 5’s “World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys” programme last year.

He told viewers: “This is a railway experience that harks back to the halcyon days of travel.”

Passengers will have a choice of tucking into a seven-course lunch or taking a classic afternoon tea during the five-hour round trip on Thursday, June 9.

The Northern Belle will set out from Lincoln station at 11.30am before picking up passengers at Newark North Gate at 12.10 and then Grantham, at 12.30. It is scheduled to arrive back in Grantham at 5.30pm.

The resident musicians serenade diners on the Northern Belle. (56401139)
The resident musicians serenade diners on the Northern Belle. (56401139)

The train will return to the town in December for a seven-course champagne Christmas Lunch trip.

Fares start at £260. For more details, phone 01270 899681 or see www.northernbelle.co.uk.

A vintage diesel locomotive hauls the Northern Belle train through the countryside. (56401142)
A vintage diesel locomotive hauls the Northern Belle train through the countryside. (56401142)


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