Historic steam train to pass through Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby

The Duchess of Sutherland. Picture by Paul Davies.
The Duchess of Sutherland. Picture by Paul Davies.

A popular steam locomotive will pass through the north of the county next month.

The iconic No 46233 Duchess of Sutherland is hauling a train between London and York on October 19, passing through Wellingborough and stopping at Kettering before going on to Corby and over the famous Harringworth viaduct.

The train is expected to take on water at Kettering and leave at about 9.30am before reaching Corby by 9.40am, Gretton by 9.45am and passing over the viaduct by 9.47am. Times are subject to change.

Trainspotters and members of the public are expected to be out in force to catch a glimpse of the locomotive.

Rail fan David Fursdon said: "There's always a great deal of interest when steam locomotives pass through the county.

"It attracts all age groups and youngsters are always really interested, there's excitement across the board."

The Duchess of Sutherland was built in 1938 as a high speed passenger train, taking passengers between London Euston and Glasgow Central as well as other expresses to Liverpool.

It was withdrawn from the track in 1964 and sold to Butlins in Scotland before The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust acquired it to restore it. It was restored to operation condition 2001.

People who are hoping to find vantage points along the railway are reminded of strict rules that ban any trespass onto the track.

The Kettering Civic Society Time Travellers room on platform 1 at Kettering Station will be manned by members of the town’s group from 9am until 10.30am for people to view nostalgic items of interest.

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