On This Day 11 August

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-08-11
In 1786 Penang was established as a British colony; in 1863 Cambodia became a French protectorate; in 1919 the Weimar Republic was established and in 1972 the last US ground troops left Vietnam. In 1968 the last main-line steam passenger service left Liverpool Lime Street.

Fiften Guinea Special

On the 12th of August 1968 a steam ban was to come into effect. On the 11th of August the Fifteen Guinea Special was the last passenger train that was hauled by steam which was organised specifically due to the ban coming into effect the next day. Four steam locomotives were used during the journey from Liverpool Lime Street to Carlisle and back.

The route was named after the cost of the trip which had been increased due to the high demand to be a passenger on the last steam-hauled train.

Other events on this day

  • 1786: British colony of Penang established in Malaysia
  • 1863: Cambodia became a French protectorate
  • 1919: Weimar Constitution established Germany as a republic
  • 1968: fifteen guinea special; last main-line steam passenger service in the UK
  • 1972: last US ground troops left Vietnam