Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip really enjoyed their train ride through the countryside.

On Tuesday, the queen took the journey from Slough, near her Windsor Castle home, to Paddington in west London 175 years after Queen Victoria became the first member of the British royal family to take a train. Queen Victoria first took the ride in 1842, and the journey took about 30 minutes.

The queen and her husband enjoyed about a 19 minute journey on the new train.

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Before boarding the train, the royal couple walked through the original waiting room at Slough Railway, which was once used by Queen Victoria.

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She regularly used trains before this journey and often took them back and forth from London to her Norfolk estate.

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“It was really interesting. It was a privilege to be seated next to the queen. We talked about railways,” Isambard Thomas, the great-great-great grandson of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, told PEOPLE of the experience. “I was very much at ease. It didn’t feel awkward. It was fascinating how much interest she had in trains and train journeys.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip recreated a royal train ride that was 175 years in the making Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
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