To the left is a castle class engine waiting by the Quayside at Millbay Docks, close to a tender laden with mailbags. Below - On 12th May 1959, 5028 Llantilio Castle climbs out of Millbay having met the SS Colombie from the West Indies.This was truly an Integrated Transport System.
There is also the unusual story of the Coronation Special 1953told though magazine letters, a newspaper report, sample passenger lists & an analysis of the type of passengers who disembarked from the Ile De France.
Sadly, Millbay outlived 5028 by just a few years, and closed as an Ocean Liner Port in June 1963.
The liner arrived on the day of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (2nd June), two days late having been delayed by bad weather and by industrial action by French seamen - nothing changes! 5028 Hurried the passengers to London.
Summer Saturdays in the mid to late 1950’s were “manic” with holiday trains.TheBusiestDay Ever on BR Western Region gives a few details of 5028’s role that day in July 1957. First on a double headed passenger train between Penzance and Plymouth, followed by a “perishables” goods train to London. 5028’s accident with a diesel , D602 shown right, in December 1959, was relatively minor and she could have been repaired. However, British Rail at that time was rushing headlong into dieselisation, So she was condemned having travelled 1,345,291 miles or 54 times around the world! TheAccident - The End gives details in Press Cuttings and much more.