All steamed up at Midland Railways

A 1930s steam locomotive which has been used to pull the Royal Train is being rolled out following an overhaul.

The Duchess of Sutherland became the first steam locomotive to haul the Royal Train for 35 years when it transported the Queen as part of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

The locomotive has been taken apart, put back together in safe working order and restored to an authentic green.

The Duchess of Sutherland was built in 1938 in Crewe and used by the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) company.

In 1948 it went under the ownership of British Railways, when the LMS was nationalised.

The locomotive went to Bressingham Steam Museum, in Norfolk, in 1971, and stayed there until it was acquired by PRCLM in 1996 and brought to its current home at Midland Railway.

In 1998 the trust received a grant to restore it to working order, which was completed by 2001.

It transported the Queen from Holyhead to Llandudno Junction on 11 June 2002.

On 22 March 2005 the Prince of Wales rode on the footplate of the Duchess during a trip on the Settle-Carlisle Railway – the second time for a steam locomotive to transport the Royal Train in 40 years.

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