A series of programmes which 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 at its history, restoration and more recent working.
Steam Classics - 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 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.
Steam Classics - City of Truro:
The 2000th locomotive to be built at the famous Swindon Works of the Great Western Railway was always going to be something a bit special. And it was! GWR no. 3440 was to be the immortal “City of Truro”, the first man-made machine anywhere to be recorded at a speed in excess of 100 mph. This programme is a tribute to the graceful Edwardian locomotive, at work on the railways of Great Britain, on both main and preserved lines between 1985 and 1992, after she was restored to full working order by the Severn Valley Railway.
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