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U.K. Royal Train may get axed

Posted on January 18, 2002

Britain's Royal Train may be sidetracked for good next year as part of a drive to reduce the cost of royal travel to taxpayers, reported The Associated Press.The accountant for Queen Elizabeth II said Wednesday that reduced use of the luxury nine-carriage Royal Train, which costs an average of $50,400 for each 550-mile journey, was making it increasingly hard to justify its existence, said the AP.The train has been used less frequently in recent years as the queen and other members of the Royal family have increasingly traveled by helicopter or scheduled rail services to keep costs down, the AP reported.

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