Most websites about individual engines are either because they were famous or are today preserved.

5028 was “Unsung” and is long gone, but she was well liked by the Great Western footplate men who drove and fired her. She worked mainly in the Newton Abbot & Laira Areas.


The following pages trace her story from “Birth” in 1934 to her untimely “Death” in 1960.


Coronation Special

Coronation Special 1953

Extracts of Ile de France Passenger List.  


Going to London                  22 (58%)    104 (72%)

Occupations:
British      
3 United Nation Organisation.
1 Journalist.
The rest were much like is found in aircraft economy class today.

Alien
First    
Executives, Lawyer, Industrialist, Professor, Merchant,  and Housewives.

Cabin
Secretaries, Teachers, Priests, Physicians, Clerks, Machinists, Rabbi, and Housewives.

Tourist
Manual workers, Teachers, Students.

70% of those disembarking were “ordinary people” going to London - probably for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

5028, Llantilio Castle, got them there in time to see the procession!

Western Morning News 4th June 1953.


Arrived - Ile de France (44,356 tons).

French from New York at 4.45am with 998 passengers.

Landed 182 passengers and 164 mails, embarked 5 passengers, and cleared for Havre at 6.10 by Haswell & Co.


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British Adults

35


British Children

3

38

Alien Adults

133


Alien Children

11

144

Total


182

Breakdown of Passengers


   British

     Aliens   

First Class

2

22

Cabin Class

20

85

Tourist Class

16

37

Total

38

144