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The Duchess of Hamilton


Sir Willaim Stanier's Princess Coronation class of express locomotives were designed to haul the crack express trains of the London, Midland and Scottish railway between London and Scotland in direct competition with the trains of the Londer and North eastern railway.

The "Big Lizzies" as they were known were originally designed as streamliners but only the first ten of the class were actually built with streamlining in place and this was removed in 1946.

6229, Duchess of Hamilton was saved from the scapyard by Sir Billy Butlin ans was put on display at his Minehead Holiday camp for many years. Eventually the National railway Museum bought her and put it on display at York when it's boiler ticket expired. In 2009 it was decided to return it to her original condition and the work was undertaken at the Tyseley Works in Birmingham and then she was towed back to York for further display.

The Duchess of Hamilton


Sir Willaim Stanier's Princess Coronation class of express locomotives were designed to haul the crack express trains of the London, Midland and Scottish railway between London and Scotland in direct competition with the trains of the Londer and North eastern railway.

The "Big Lizzies" as they were known were originally designed as streamliners but only the first ten of the class were actually built with streamlining in place and this was removed in 1946.

6229, Duchess of Hamilton was saved from the scapyard by Sir Billy Butlin ans was put on display at his Minehead Holiday camp for many years. Eventually the National railway Museum bought her and put it on display at York when it's boiler ticket expired. In 2009 it was decided to return it to her original condition and the work was undertaken at the Tyseley Works in Birmingham and then she was towed back to York for further display.

comments (7)

A stunning design it is a shame she is not in steam
Les Auld: It is indeed Bill, it would give Gresley's A4s a run for their money.
like a rocket!
Les Auld: Thanks Jojo smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Jul 2010, 06:56
Lovely stuff les: I wonder if they'll keep her in this condition for very long
Les Auld: A couple of years at least Chris, but unfortunately not on the mainline. Thanks for the comment.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 13 Jul 2010, 08:04
She's a beauty
Les Auld: With such fine lines, thanks for the comemnt Zed.
They say..Big is beautiful..and this is!
Les Auld: Can you just imagine it together with a full rake of coaches in matching livery, thanks for the comment Ron.
Great looking locomotive.
Les Auld: It would be good to see it on the mainline but somehow I doubt it, thanks for the comment.
Looks good doesn't it.
Les Auld: It does indeed Brian, thanks for the comment.

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