The Steam Classics series looks at the power and majesty of some of Britain’s most famous steam locomotives. Each programme covers an individual named locomotive or class and looks into its history, restoration and more recent workings.
Duchess of Sutherland:
This ‘Steam Classics’ records the story of the restoration to main line steam work of one of Sir William Stanier’s magnificent “Princess Coronation” class Pacifics built for the London Midland and Scottish Railway, number 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’. After many years of static exhibition the locomotive was the subject of a complete overhaul to restore her to her full glory, an achievement which is recorded here for posterity. She then returned to the main lines for which she was built, and her early runs form the main part of this film.
Princess Margaret Rose:
This ‘Steam Classics’ records the history of Sir William Stanier s first production Pacific locomotive for the LMS railway. After adjust over a quarter of a century’s front line service, ‘Princess Margaret Rose’ was bought by Sir Billy Butlin as a children's amusement in a holiday camp. When the children were tired of her she was rescued once again and restored to main line use by the members of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust at Butterley in Derbyshire. This is her story - from Pwellhi to Paddington.
Flying Scotsman’ is known as the most famous steam locomotive in the world. There are few people have not heard of this magnificent machine, but far fewer know the complicated story of how ‘Flying Scotsman’ became a National Treasure. Illustrated by evocative footage of the engine working on the British railway network in various guises, this programme traces the story from the time when the locomotive returned from Australia after achieving its most recent record - the world’s longest non-stop run behind steam - up to its acquisition by the nation and the National Railway Museum at York.
In this programme we see ‘Flying Scotsman’ with single and double-chimney fittings, ‘German’ smoke deflectors and LNER Apple Greene and British Railways’ Brunswick Green liveries, working from Carnforth in the North to Salisbury in the South, as well as on the ‘Ride the Legend’ excursions to Scarborough.
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