Reflections Of A Princess (Crewe Works)

The Inspiration:


Commissioned by Mr Ray Pettit (Steam Railway enthusiast)

I have always admired the design and look of this locomotive from my childhood.
To be named after the monarch Queen Elizabeth made it even more special.

The locomotive is portrayed in crimson lake (London Midland and Scottish) livery no 6201 at Crewe Works in Cheshire UK, as it was first built in 1933 with a Fowler tender and round buffer heads. These were soon modified to oval shape to match the LMS distinctive look

The locomotive underwent modifications in the 1930s, including a longer firebox and a 10 ton coal capacity Stanier tender

It is one of 13 locomotives and was used for Express passenger duties across the LMS region prior to Nationalisation
in 1948.
The locomotive was named after the 7 year old elder daughter (Princess Elizabeth, later to become her Majesty the Queen in 1952) of Albert, Duke Of York (later King George VI)

The locomotive was designed by Sir William Stanier.

The locomotive was part of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012, which began at Battersea Railway Bridge.
Its distinctive whistle sound signalled the start of the event on Chelsea Railway Bridge, London.

The locomotive is used to haul express passenger trains in preservation and is owned by Princess Elizabeth Society in Cheshire UK.

It resided at Crewe Heritage Centre from 2009, opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1987, where she inspected the Locomotive named after her.

In 2016 it moved to the West Shed at Butterley in Derbyshire

It later moved to Carnforth Lancashire for maintenance repairs in 2018.

See PRESS article in Leamington Spa Courier, 16 May 2014  ‘New painting by Kevin Parrish’

 Giclee prints size 16 in x 12in priced at £60 each are for sale. 10% from sale of proceeds to be donated to

Gallery-6201 Princess Elizabeth Society


(see below)

The LMS-Patriot Project Calendar 2022 (November)




pencil sketch

January 2014

Romance Of Steam

 Kevin Alun Parrish GRA  © 2014