THE DAY THE QUEEN WAS CONDUCTED
By Dennis Bradley, former Senior Conductor RAOC until 1978
One of the many noteworthy events on that day was the naming, by Her Majesty, of an engine of the Bicester Military Railway 'CONDUCTOR'. As the Corps senior Conductor at that time I was asked to escort Her Majesty to the naming ceremony and to explain to her the historical significance of the appointment. This duty was duly carried out and the Colonel-in-Chief showed great interest in our antecedents particularly that the earliest record of the office of Conductor is contained in the Statute of Westminster 1327, and thought the history 'fascinating'.
The route to the platform at Queen's Halt (formerly Craven Hill and re-named to commemorate the occasion) was lined by seven other Conductors and Her Majesty stopped to speak to some of them.
My escort duty complete, the Queen named the train to much applause and enthusiasm of the watching crowd.
With the many derivatives of 'escort', including 'lead', 'accompany' and 'conduct', I think it can be said with confidence that on this auspicious occasion our Colonel-in-Chief was well and truly 'conducted' !
Photographs of the visit Photo of Dennis with the Name Plate in 2002
© Dennis Bradley
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