Passing the cameras and Colin this morning was the well known inspection saloon “Caroline”. She has had quite a life and many transformations since her beginnings as a buffet car. Caroline was used by Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer for the first part of their honeymoon trip, she has been used to transport the Pope and was also used to transport the Parliamentary All-Party Channel Tunnel Group through the Channel Tunnel.
She had been used as the Southern Region General Manager’s Saloon and is fitted with driving controls to control the class 37 when in push direction. She is still used for Network Rail inspections and has been designated appropriate for preservation and heritage.
She is due to return around 6pm this evening.