The 1939 New York World's Fair

The Transportation Zone (Zone 6)

Railroads - Trains on Display

The Coronation Scot 6220

The engine and train is "The Coronation Scot" sent over by Great Britain. It did not haul visitors to the Fair, but was on static display.

The locomotive of the English Train, The Coronation Scot, a Pacific engine of London, Midland & Scottish Railroad, is on the track from the L.I.R.R. (Sept. 8, 1940).

The Coronation Scot 6220
Courtesy of the World's Fair Historical Society
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The Coronation Scot 6220
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The Coronation Scot 6220
Car 823 was the Club Car and was the final car at the rear of the train. Courtesy of the World's Fair Historical Society Photo wf-331r
 The Coronation Scot 6220
Photo 247 - The Coronation Scot 6220

From Bob Gwynne: Nat'l Railway Museum. (Great Britain)

In Jan. 1939, 6229 the 'Duchess of Hamilton' swapped identities with 6220 'Coronation' and was shipped to America with a brand new train, to take part in the New York World's Fair. It landed in Baltimore and then took part in a 3,121 mile publicity tour to New York arriving on the 14th April. En route Driver Fred Bishop got pneumonia and was hospitalized, hence RA Riddles (later British Railway's Chief Mechanical Engineer – the designer of 'Evening Star' and the other BR 'Standards' ) fired, whilst Fireman John Carswell acted as driver. (The US media made much of a senior railroad executive prepared to be so 'hands-on'). At the New York World's Fair (30th April – 30th Oct.) it is claimed that 2 million people visited the train.

Whilst the engine returned to the UK in 1942 the train that accompanied 6220 to the World's Fair was used after it closed in 1940 by Officers of the US Military Quartermaster Corps at Jeffersonville, Indiana and did not return until after the war.

The Coronation Scot 6220
Car 56101 First Class Diner. Built at Derby, UK. This is the fourth car down the train behind the loco. The view shows the partition, halfway down the carriage. In this coach, walls were faced in grey leather. Seats were also leather upholstered, in dull pink. The top windows have all been slid open to ventilate the car. Through the windows you can see the siding and grassy embankment up to the mainline at higher level, which would take you along to the Long Island Rail Road station, a little further down the line. (Paul, Derby, U.K.)

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The Coronation Scot 6220
Photo W004 by Winnie Ervin, from the collection of
Dr. William R. Hanson. The Coronation Scot 6220