4th June, 2022

Royal Charter Steams Ahead!

On Friday 3rd June our ‘Royal Charter’ took 250 passengers from Crewe to Windsor to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Iconic steam engine 70000 Britannia hauled the Saphos carriages on the historic journey, and it was a day of celebrations for all.

Treated to a luxury day of fine dining were some of our Heart of Gold Award winners including the Hatch End Station Team and staff from Avanti West Coast and Southeastern. These much-loved awards celebrate the hard work of those in the rail industry, recognising those who have gone above and beyond to help their communities, customers and colleagues. There were also some special RBF Ambassadors treated to a day out as a thank you for their hard work volunteering and spreading awareness of the work of the charity.

Also on board the Royal Charter was Paul, and his girlfriend Isla. Isla’s grandfather was involved in the building of 70000 Britannia, so what better location for a surprise proposal on the footplate of this historic locomotive. She said yes!

As the charities flagship fundraising event, the day was well attended by plenty of movers and shakers within the rail industry, including Abellio Ancillary Services, Caledonian Sleeper, Furrer + Frey, Freightliner, Avanti West Coast, Arriva TrainCare, Health Shield and of course RBF’s president, Pete Waterman OBE.

RBF CEO, Claire Houghton said:

“We were absolutely delighted to have raised over £60,000 and our thanks go to Locomotive Services Limited and Saphos Trains for making this wonderful event happen, as well as the Branch Line Society for hosting the ticketing.”

We are proud to annouce that this wonderful event raised over £60,000 for RBF, with all proceeds going towards supporting current, former and retired railway workers and their families who have fallen on hard times.

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