A five year old Prince of Wales seeing off his great grandmother Queen Mary from Wolferton Station, asked the guard if he may look at his whistle, the guard abliged and passed it to him, without further a-do Charles blew the whistle, thus setting off the train!!
A rather startled guard found himself having to run alongside and with only moments to spare jump on to the moving train! Much to the amusement of those on the platform which included a waving Queen Mother.
This and other 'Royal Rail Tales' are featured in the book 'Stately Progress'
Other stories in the book, why Queen Victoria purchased the
Sandringham Estate for her son Edward and how the Royals came
to use and influence the design and development of
The book compiled by Amba Kumar
and published by the National Railway Museum
is available direct from the NRM in York.