By Cedric Johns
The Yeovil Railway Centre is set to enjoy a memorable start to its new season of operations when Stanier 4-6-2 No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland is booked to make four visits to the junction between March 8 and April 5.
It will be the first – and only recorded – visit by the 4-6-2 to Yeovil Railway Centre since August 18, 2008.
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Providing that the 4-6-2’s current winter maintenance programme goes according to schedule, the engine will be outshopped from Butterley in a new coat of shiny LMS maroon on March 3, ready to run light engine to Southall.
Five days later, Thursday, March 8, the Duchess departs Horsham for Salisbury and Sherborne with a ‘Cathedrals Express’ which is booked to stop at Holmwood, Dorking, Leatherhead , Cheam and finally, Yeovil Junction.
On Thursday, March 22, an ‘Express’ leaves Rainham calling at Gravesend, Dartford and Bexleyheath setting down at Salisbury, Sherborne and Yeovil Junction. Diesel hauled to west London, the Duchess couples on at Hanwell.
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