Saturday, August 01, 2015
Railway Touring Company's 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' today from Liverpool to Carlisle via Settle, and return via Shap. Here it is on arrival at Carlisle.
The locomotive would have travelled this route often in its working life. It was built in 1938 by Crewe Works for the London Midland and Scottish Railway. It regularly hauled express passenger services such as ‘The Royal Scot’ between Glasgow Central and London Euston.
The Duchess was retired in 1964, and sold to Butlins. Now, I remember clearly there being a big locomotive outside the Butlins camp at the Heads of Ayr. I wondered if that was Duchess of Sutherland, and if there was a photo of her there.
this site, where I found the photo above, much as I remembered it, although I'm not sure that clear blue skies were ever much in evidence when I travelled that way in the late 1960s! The Duchess remained at Ayr until 1971. Go here to read about all the locomotives save by Billy Butlin.
In 1996, the locomotive was acquired by The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, and, by 2001, was back in operation!
Photos © Skip Cottage