Duchess of Sutherland steam train passes through Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby

The Duchess of Sutherland.
The Duchess of Sutherland.

Trainspotters in Kettering were given a Royal treat at the weekend when the famous Duchess of Sutherland steam locomotive passed through.

The 1938 locomotive, which was used to transport the Queen across North Wales during her Golden Jubilee in 2002, passed through Isham and crossed the Kettering Northern Bypass on its excursion to York.

The Duchess of Sutherland.

The Duchess of Sutherland.

The train stopped at Kettering for water, before heading to Corby and across the Harringworth Viaduct.

It was originally built to haul fast express passenger services between London Euston and Glasgow Central, as well as other expresses to Liverpool.

After being withdrawn by British Railways in 1964, it was acquired by The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust with the intention of restoration in 1996.

In 2001, the train was restored to operating condition and has been a regular performer on the national network ever since.