However ‘Lizzie’ as she was affectionately known will be replaced by a goddess from the steaming world, LMS Jubilee Class 5699 Galatea, to embark on the trip on Thursday (April 21) which will stop to pick up passengers in Hounslow at 6.40pm.
There are some similarities between the two steam trains; both with London Midland and Scottish (LMS) engines designed by William Stanier at Crewe Works and currently painted in British Railways maroon-red livery.
Sadly, this is the second time a last minute problem has meant The Cathedrals Express steam train, hauled by 6201 Princess Elizabeth has been removed from service, meaning after a three-year refurbishment she is yet to make her first outing.
The Cathedrals Express team said: “Unfortunately there have been some complications with the repair of Princess Elizabeth and we’ve just been advised that she won’t now be ready for the trip which is very disappointing.
“However, we have sourced another engine so the trip will still be going ahead. We will be using another engine from the LMS Jubilee class called Galatea.”
Catch a glimpse of 5699 Galatea chugging on the tracks
While Lizzie, named after the young Princess Elizabeth, was built in 1932 and has 12 wheels, Galatea has 10 wheels, was named after Galatea in mythology, the goddess of calm seas and is slightly younger as she was built in 1936.
Just over one year ago, The Cathedrals Express celebrated 15 years of steaming with a commemorative stop in Hounslow .
The London evening tour departs from Windsor, stopping at Hounslow, before making its way around the capital where passengers onboard will see unrivalled views of a number of the city’s landmarks.
The 5699 Galatea built at Crewe in April 1936 had its engine named after HMS Galatea, which in turn was named after the Galatea of mythology, the Goddess of Calm Seas.
After nationalisation in 1948, it was renumbered 45699 by British Railways and withdrawn from service in 1964 to be stored at Eastleigh Works and then moved to Barry scrapyard.
She was rescued in 1980 by late Brian Oliver of the Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, South Wales, and made a return to steam in April 2013 on tests rus around the Hellifield circle.
Her debut was on May 19 2013, working a private charter from King’s Lynn to Norwich, and has been operational on the main line running steam specials.
Since 2014 she has adorned the BR maroon livery.