Historic locomotive the Duchess of Sutherland to visit Worcester

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A historic steam locomotive that once carried Queen Elizabeth II will bring Christmas shoppers to Worcester in December.

The Duchess of Sutherland, a Pacific locomotive built in 1938, will enter the city on Wednesday December 14.

The engine has a varied history, having been retired by British Railways in 1964 after being withdrawn from express passenger services, including the Royal Scot service from London to Glasgow, for the first part of its life.

It was acquired by a Butlins holiday camp in Scotland in 1964 and later bought by the Bressingham Steam Museum.

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In 1996 it was acquired by the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust and following restoration it was returned to the national network in 2001.

A year later, the restored Duchess of Sutherland became the first steam locomotive to haul the royal train for 35 years, ferrying Queen Elizabeth on a tour of North Wales as part of her Jubilee celebrations Golden.

He hauled the royal train again in 2005, with the then Prince of Wales even spending 15 minutes at the controls.

Christmas shopping in Worcester

On December 14, the Duchess of Sutherland will ferry the Worcester Christmas Express from Cambridge to Worcester and then on to Leicester, after giving day-trippers the chance to sample Christmas shopping in the faithful city.

The trip is organized by The Railway Touring Company, responsible for the Flying Scotsman’s memorable visit to Worcester earlier in the year.

The society is holding another steam train tour to Worcester in December.

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Its Worcester Christmas Fayre journey leaves London Victoria early on Thursday December 1 and will take passengers along the scenic Golden Valley Line before arriving at Worcester Shrub Hill at lunchtime.

Earlier this year, delighted spectators welcomed arguably the world’s most famous steam locomotive to Worcester.

A large crowd turned out on a sunny day in March to see the Flying Scotsman rolling into Shrub Hill station.

His visit had been postponed after storms saw his originally planned visit to Worcester cancelled.

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