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Rare steam train in south west

Steam enthusiasts from across the UK have travelled to the south west as an historic train makes a rare trip to the region.

Britannia, a 60-year-old class Seven 4-6-2, is visiting Newquay, Okehampton and Exeter.

She was the first of 55 locomotives of the Britannia class built from 1951 and 1954.

The Britannia pulled the funeral train of King George VI to London following his death in February 1952.

Marcus Robertson, the Chairman of Steam Dreams, which bought the locomotive to the region, said: "As far as we can see it's the first time a big main line engine has gone to Newquay since the sixties.

"There's been a couple of tank engines but that's it. So it's very exciting for everyone along the route."

On the first leg of its journey, from Newquay to Plymouth, the locomotive consumed two tonnes of coal and about 3,000 gallons of water.

Designed at Derby and built at Crewe, the locomotive was withdrawn in May 1966.

Its previous owners have included music producer Pete Waterman.

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