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.
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