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Mr Monkey at the National Railway Museum, 26th February

"I wonder if she's amused"

Mr Monkey looking at Queen Victoria's personal saloon Mr Monkey with Queen Victoria in a section of her carriage

Mr Monkey scurried along and found Queen Victoria's personal saloon. It was built as two carriages - the Day Saloon and the Night Saloon - by the London and North Western in 1869, and joined together in 1895 so that the Queen could go to bed without having to stop the train. When Queen Victoria travelled by train all crossing places were locked and guarded, all the points were bolted into the right position and no other trains were allowed to use the tracks 15 minutes before or after she passed. Mr Monkey thought he'd met the Queen sitting in a replica of the saloon, but it turned out that Victoria was a replica too.

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