Royal Train carrying the Queen seen travelling through Devon and Somerset
The Queen was spotted travelling through Somerset on board the Royal Train towards Cornwall where the G7 Summit is under way.
A video shared on Twitter by @50006neptune captured the moment that Queen Elizabeth II passed through Taunton train station on June 11.
The Royal Train passed through the station at 3:14pm, with just a few people stood on the platforms observing the rare occasion. From there the Royal Train continued towards Exeter in Devon, before continuing south where her Majesty would meet with other world leaders at the G7 Summit at Carbis Bay in St Ives, Cornwall.
The royal train is pulled by one of two Class 67 locomotives – 67005 – The Queen’s Messenger and 67006 – Royal Sovereign, both decorated in royal claret livery. They are run on environmentally friendly bio-fuel made from waste vegetable oil."
Detailing the Queen's personal carriage on the Royal Train, The Railway Hub website says: "It’s a private 75ft long air-conditioned and electrically heated saloon carriage which contains a bedroom with a single bed, a sitting room, a desk for working on the go, dining quarters – and bathroom complete with a full-sized bath."
The 'Royal Train' was then spotted passing through Devon, with one keen photographer snapping a photo of the locomotive as it passed through Dawlish this evening.
The Royal Train was heading south towards Cornwall, where the G7 Summit was underway - bringing the world's leaders together.
Top and tailed by locos Royal Messenger and Royal Sovereign, the train was transporting Her Majesty the Queen to Cornwall for the global event, being held in Carbis Bay, St Ives.
A video captured by James Crook shows the Royal Train passing through Ivybridge and Matt Carey, another keen photographer, managed to get a snap of the Royal Train approaching Plymouth.
Thomas Mills, who is an avid trainspotter, managed to capture a photo of the impressive train as it passed through Dawlish. He said, "I've seen the Royal Train before, but never in this part of the country, and said it was an "amazing sight. Sometimes it does come down here but very rarely, because only the Royal Family use the train."
The Royal Train's livery is a "pristine, highly polished burgundy known as Royal Claret, emblazoned with royal crests, with black coach lining and grey roof."