Duchess of Sutherland’s steam locomotive set to visit Swindon


STEAM train enthusiasts are in for a treat when the Duchess of Sutherland returns to the Great Western mainline.

The locomotive makes its first trip of the year through Swindon on May 21, after spending a period in the north of England.

The Duchess of Sutherland is part of the Coronation class which was built in the 1930s by the London Midland and Scottish Railway in a streamlined condition.

After the outbreak of war in the 1940s, the power line was removed.

Its twin engine number 6220 Coronation broke the speed record in 1937 when it reached 114 miles per hour, which broke the London and North Eastern Railway’s record of 113 miles per hour at the time.

But 6220 Coronation was removed and cut at Crewe Works in 1963.

Number 6223 Duchess of Sutherland was built by the LMS in 1938 and is currently the only member of the class to be mainline certified.

It is currently owned by the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust.

The Pacific is to carry the Cotswold Explorer which is operated by Vintage Trains and will travel from Tyseley to Oxford.

It is planned to pass Cheltenham and Stroud before taking the Golden Valley route through Kemble before joining the GW main line at Swindon. Times have not yet been announced.

On the return, the Duchess of Sutherland will climb the famous Hatton Bench before returning to Birmingham Snow Hill station and then Tyseley Locomotive Works.


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