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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Prince Charles Test Drives Tube Train

Prince Charles seems to have a fondness for being in London Underground drivers' cabs. He opened the Jubilee Line in 1979 and was pictured in the front of a train, but yesterday he actually drove a Tube train. Not in London though, but over 120 miles north in Derby.


Charles was on a tour of the Bombardier's manufacturing site, test driving the new Metropolitan, District, Hammersmith and City and Circle Line stock and meeting London Underground employees.


In the video above you can see how he is instructed by a member of staff. Rag Gahonia, has worked at Bombardier for nearly 35 years, said the Prince was traveling at at 45mph.

The Daily Telegraph reported Rag's thoughts:  "I showed him how to drive and he followed all the instructions and was really good. Did it perfectly. Stopped nice and smoothly."

Sounds like Charles could find a new career as a train operator in that case. Not sure what Bob Crow & other union leaders would make of it though.

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