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QUOTE And are these really the coaches that Queen Elisabeth utilizes when she travels by train?

I've just lost a long and rather technical attempted reply, so this time I'll try to keep it short. Bear in mind I'm not a scholar of coaching stock , and there's no reference book on the Mk3 coach

Most of the Royal Train is made up of Mk3 type coaches. Hornby have models of Mk3 coaches in their range , but these are of the general service coaches for normal passengers. The 2 main Royal saloons were converted from the prototype Mk3 open first and open second. However conversion work may have been significant: Hurst Models , a specialist trader , sell conversion packs for 2 Royal vehicles with replacement etched sides , implying that some of the windows were rearranged in conversion

There is a "normal" Mk3 sleeper amongst the Royal Train coaches. Hornby have a Mk3 sleeper (ex Lima) in their range and are currently listing it in Royal Train livery. A lot of the other coaches are converted TRUKs (Trailer Restaurant Unclassified Kitchen - I think) from HSTs. I think these may be the second catering vehicles that the early HST sets had , which were removed early in their lives and replaced by extra seating coaches. I'm sure no one has ever done a model of these. I've found one photo of the Prince of Wales' saloon in as Platform 5 spotters book, converted fronm one of these , and it has clearly acquired a few new windows of a small type not seen in any other Mk3s

Hornby also have a model of the Class 67 in their range , which they offer in Royal Train livery . Working the Royal Train is one of the limited uses the 67s see. The modern Royal Train is not normally worked by steam engines . The 67 is ex Limas - on the other hand it was the only vaguely "high spec" loco in the British Lima range . Hornby have modified it so the motor and drive train don't disintigrate during shipping and its a fair enough model , though hardly state of the art

But apparently this set features a 1930s steam engine , not a 67.

I would guess that Hornby have simply painted a couple of their standard Mk3s in Royal Train livery. Although the right general sort of coach, most coaches in the set would not be accurate models of any vehicle in the Royal Train, the train formation supplied would not be accurate for any normal combination of Royal Train coaches , and someof the commonly used vehicles are actually conversions of Mk2s not Mk3s

An accurate model of the Royal Train in some formation is possible , but it means a lot of fairly demanding work (I know someone who's done conversions/repaints for the 2 main Royal saloons)
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