It’s definitely not third time lucky for passengers with tickets to board the Queen’s 90th Birthday tour with Steam Dreams on Thursday (April 21).
After Royal ‘Lizzie’ was pulled from returning to the tracks last week , it has now been announced that its replacement, Goddess Galatea, will no longer be able to haul the special tour due to a fault.
It is to be replaced by a diesel engines, organisers have confirmed.
The last-minute change is because the LMS Jubilee Class 5699 Galatea has ‘developed a fault with her washout hole door’, according to Steam Dreams on Wednesday (April 20).
A letter has been sent to all passengers booked on the trip with details of the replacement train and compensation available. Operator Cathedrals Express vowed to keep a festive atmosphere on board to mark the occasion.
The letter said: “We regret to say that we were told late last night that Jubilee Class 45699 Galatea, the locomotive that was being brought down from Carnforth specially to run our trips tomorrow [Thursday April 21], has failed due to a minor problem with its boiler (wash out hole door) which unfortunately will take five days to fix, with the locomotive needing to be cooled down first.
“Your trip tomorrow will therefore have to be hauled by a vintage diesel locomotive.”