LMS Coronation Class 4-6-2 no 46233 Duchess of Sutherland was in Carlisle today.
The locomotive was pulling The Citadel Express railtour, Crewe - Carlisle over Shap, and return. All about the loco is here. The Duchess of Sutherland is owned by the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust whose website is here.
Earlier this year 6233 was repainted in LMS lined black livery, and 2010 will be its last season on the main line before major overhaul.
Having delivered the passengers for their Carlisle stopover, the Duchess reverses out of Carlisle station to park the carriages for a couple of hours.
Later, having turned round, the locomotive brought the carriages back to platform 3, and, with its support carriage, runs around the train....,
..... and couples up at the front, pointing in the right direction for the run back south over Shap.
And having had a wee run in a Virgin Pendolino myself, counting all the hundreds of enthusiasts positioning themselves, cameras at the ready, to catch the Duchess on the return leg of the railtour, I was at Oxenholme station for this shot of my own.
Locomotives of the Princess Coronation Class were often referred to as 'Big Lizzies'. They were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives ever to be built for the British railway network.
Pics © Skip Cottage