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The Duchess at Preston


Arguably the most powerful pacifics to grace the rails of Great Britain, Sir William Stanier's Princess Coronation class of engines are the pinacle of the express engine, in my opinion that is although others consider the LNER A$ or the GWR King to be better. always a dispute between LNER, LMS and GWR fans.

Built between the two world wars, the initial batch were streamlined and hauled the London Glasgow expresses. Later the streamlining was removed.  A few of them have been preserved, the Duchess of  Sutherland being the prime example, passed for steaming on the mainline. Seen here at Preston Station in LMS Maroon. The Duchess of Hamilton is currently being fitted with streamlining to the original drawings for static display alongside the LNER A4 Mallard at the National Railway Museum.

The Duchess at Preston


Arguably the most powerful pacifics to grace the rails of Great Britain, Sir William Stanier's Princess Coronation class of engines are the pinacle of the express engine, in my opinion that is although others consider the LNER A$ or the GWR King to be better. always a dispute between LNER, LMS and GWR fans.

Built between the two world wars, the initial batch were streamlined and hauled the London Glasgow expresses. Later the streamlining was removed.  A few of them have been preserved, the Duchess of  Sutherland being the prime example, passed for steaming on the mainline. Seen here at Preston Station in LMS Maroon. The Duchess of Hamilton is currently being fitted with streamlining to the original drawings for static display alongside the LNER A4 Mallard at the National Railway Museum.

comments (6)

how on earth did you manage to get this without 10000 other people snapping away with cameras? Super picture of this great engine Les
Les Auld: Perseverance, 20 other pictures with people in them and elbows. Thanks for the comment Bill.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England.
  • 9 Nov 2008, 09:06
Wonderful, Les.. she just oozed power. A fine testament to the work of those who keep her working. Much prefer her to some GWR thing!
Les Auld: I remember seeing them working out of Liverpool Lime street and they have always been my favourite engine. Thanks for the comment.
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA (G.B) ENGLAND
  • 9 Nov 2008, 11:44
Your steam trains this week have been a real pleasure,excellent captures.Being in the S.R area, yesterdays posting brought back lots of happy memories spent "spotting"in the 50s. Hope you will post any King Arthur,Schools,Lord Nelson,West Country,Battle of Britain or Merchant Navy class engines shots of yours ,some time,if you have them?
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment Graham, I have a few more that I will post sometime in the future.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Nov 2008, 20:43
These pictures of yours are wonderful.

I think they should be put together and published, along with your information.
Les Auld: Thanks Ellie, appreciate the comment (and the suggestion)
I might be an L.N.E.R.man les but I have always appreciated these locos., especially when they had D.of Hamilton at the GCR some years ago. Great picture by the way.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, appreciate the comment.
This is so nice ! The noise and the smell of these mighty train is a lost remember...
Les Auld: Occasional brought to life again Zeb, thanks for the comment.

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