A steam locomotive built in the 1930s wowed history buffs and train watchers alike tonight as it rolled through the county on the final leg of its national tour. the Duchess of Sutherlandbuilt in 1938, arrived in Penzance at around 8pm today (28 April) after disembarking from Cardiff.
The red ex-London Midland Scottish Railway Coronation Class train, number 6233, carried passengers who paid top dollar for an eight-day visit to Britain. Leaving London last Friday (April 22), the train traveled through the North, Scotland, Wales and finally the South West – before returning to London on Saturday.
It crossed the Tamar Bridge around 6pm, passing through Saltash at 6.08pm. The Duchess then passed Liskeard at 6.30pm, before heading to Truro.
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Truro station was inundated with a small but dedicated group of train spotters. One, a former railway worker, told CornwallLive they were looking forward to a visit from the Duchess.
Another said they were lucky and didn’t realize such a historic train was passing today. From Truro it then continued on the Cornish Mainline via Redruth, Camborne, St Erth and Penzance.
After a two-night stay in West Cornwall, the train will return to London on Saturday and terminate at Victoria Station. The train was built before World War II and originally located in Camden.
From there he then spent time taking passengers along the east coast. In her 25 years of service, the Duchess of Sutherland has covered approximately 1,650,000 miles.
Since retiring, he has done countless novelty and luxury runs. Once, in 2002, he pulled the royal train containing the Queen through North Wales for her Golden Jubilee.
He did the same in 2005, this time taking Prince Charles to Carlisle. The prince also reportedly spent 15 minutes at the controls of the train, according to the BBC.