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« Reply #30 on: September 19, 2022, 06:56:49 pm »

George VI's funeral train travelled from Paddington to Windsor. No overhead cables then, and less need for security measures.

… and more than one short platform at Windsor & Eton Central.
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« Reply #31 on: September 19, 2022, 07:13:16 pm »

Thank goodness for the route to Windsor from Waterloo (and from Reading via Staines).

Mind you, there are delays of over an hour on that route after the police requested a line block due to an incident near Datchet.

One of those days, sadly.

Would that incident be the Queens funeral convoy?
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South Western Railway services were also cancelled or delayed between Windsor & Eton Riverside and Datchet during the afternoon because some level crossings needed to be held for the Queen's funeral convoy to pass through.
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« Reply #32 on: September 19, 2022, 10:37:35 pm »

Would that incident be the Queens funeral convoy?

No: the cortege went along the A308. I suspect that route was used for cars and coaches carrying those involved in the proceedings in both Westminster and Windsor.
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« Reply #33 on: September 20, 2022, 07:47:42 am »

George VI's funeral train travelled from Paddington to Windsor. No overhead cables then, and less need for security measures.

But Queen Victoria Royal funeral train was delayed in 1901 on the GWR (Great Western Railway).

The delay did lead to the tradition of Royal Navy pulling the gun carriage, on 2 February 1901 the weather was extremely cold and the hawsers for the gun carriage to be used for the procession from Windsor railway station to the Castle had frozen. The horses intended to pull the gun carriage were also affected by the intense cold and had become restive and possibly dangerous during the wait for the delayed funeral train to arrive.

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« Reply #34 on: September 20, 2022, 08:41:11 am »

History (up to and including yesterday), teaches us that whilst you can't rely on the railways, the Royal Navy generally steps up to the mark.
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