Duchess of Sutherland is back in its birthday suit!

Princess Coronation 4-6-2 No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland is back in steam – and also in its original LMS crimson lake livery to mark its 80th birthday.

Following the completion of a major overhaul, a special ‘roll out day’ was held on Sunday, September 9 at the iconic 1938-built locomotive’s base – the West Shed at the Midland Railway-Butterley.

Over the last nine months, the former Butlin’s Heads of Ayr holiday camp and Bressingham Museum locomotive has received a full boiler overhaul, with the major work being the retubing of 129 small tubes and replacing the 40 large flue tubes, at a total cost of around £150,000.

Unveiled in steam: LMS Princess Coronation 4-6-2 No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland in its new crimson lake livery outside its West Shed home on September 9. ROBIN JONES

The vast majority of the work has been carried out in-house by the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust’s four full-time engineers with the assistance of volunteers.

The new livery has been hand painted and includes real gold leaf for the lining.

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