LMS Princess Coronation Class 6233 Duchess of Sutherland
6233 was outshopped in July 1938 from Crewe Works and was part of the third batch of her class. These were unstreamlined, painted in LMS standard crimson lake livery and had a single chimney and no smoke deflectors and an estimated cost of £13,800 each.
6233 was initially allocated to Camden, London. She acquired a double chimney in March 1941 and because of drifting smoke acquired smoke deflectors in September 1945 before being painted in postwar LMS black livery in September 1946. With the creation of British Railways on 1 January 1948 she was allocated to Crewe North depot. She was given her BR number 46233 in October 1948 and repainted in BR Brunswick green livery in 1952 or early 1953. In June 1958 she was allocated to Carlisle Upperby before eventually being withdrawn from Edge Hill depot in February 1964. During her 25 years service she ran 1,650,000 miles - the second highest mileage by any member of her class.
Following her withdrawal from service she was acquired by Butlins Heads-of-Ayr holiday camp, Scotland in October 1964. She was later purchased by Bressingham Steam Museum. In 1996 6233 was acquired by The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust arriving at the PRCLT's west shed at swanick junction on the Midland Railway at - Butterley on the 3rd February 1996. In 2001 6233 returned to the mainline after an overhaul assisted by the heritage lottery fund. To allow her to run on the mainline in preservation she has been fitted with Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS) and on-train monitoring recorder (OTMR) equipment, alongside the BR fitted Automatic Warning System (AWS).
On 6 March 2010, 6233 was rolled out in LMS lined black livery, which she carried during 2010, before a major overhaul, which saw her out of service for the 2011 season.
On 3 March 2012, now renumbered 46233 was rolled out in "authentic (Brunswick) green" livery, as used by British Railways during the early 1950s, at the Midland Railway - Butterley following her major overhaul.
It is planned for her to remain in her BR Green livery till the end of 2014 when she will be repainted into her more recognized livery of LMS Crimson Lake for her 2015 mainline season.
On 11 June 2002, the restored Duchess was the first steam locomotive to haul the Royal Train for 35 years, transporting Queen Elizabeth II on a tour to North Wales, from Holyhead to Llandudno Junction, as part of her Golden Jubilee. The trip also marked the 160th anniversary of the first Royal train in 1842.
On 22 March 2005 the Duchess again hauled the Royal Train, the second time for a steam locomotive in 40 years, transporting The Prince of Wales from Settle to Carlisle over the Settle-Carlisle Railway. The trip marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of the 'Friends of the Settle and Carlisle' pressure group. On the trip, the Prince spent a 15 minute spell at the controls of 6233.
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- Jubilee tour diary: Wales walkabout BBC News, 13 June 2002. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
- Insight Magazine, The Queen's Golden Jubilee Journal www.thedukeofyork.org
- HRH spends a day in Cumbria and Yorkshire www.princeofwales.gov.uk, 22 March 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
- Prince Charles takes steam train BBC News, 22 March 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2008.