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.
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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