Northern Belle train is coming to Hereford in July

But they may never know because staff on the 1930s Pullman-style Northern Belle, once part of the iconic Orient Express group, rarely point it out.

A spokesman said: “One of our carriages used to form part of the Royal Train and we are told Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mum had her own favourite seat.

“She liked to sit there sipping her gin and tonic, reading the Racing Post and waving to people as the train passed.

“We don’t like to advertise the fact because then everybody would want to sit there! But if passengers ask our onboard staff, then they might just point it out.”


The train was described by actor Bill Nighy as “the Grand Dame of luxury travel” when it featured on Channel 5’s “The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys” programme.

And last year it was voted Britain’s most luxurious train by readers of prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

The Northern Belle will depart from Hereford at 11.10am on July 8 and meander through the Welsh countryside while passengers tuck into a slap-up champagne lunch or afternoon tea.

Fares start at £295. For more details, see

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