Iconic steam locomotive The Duchess of Sutherland will visit Kettering and Corby on a historic tour

An iconic steam locomotive will visit Northamptonshire on a tour of the country next month.

Railway fanatics are expected to flock to Kettering on Saturday October 16 when the towering Duchess of Sutherland stops at the town’s station en route to York.

The train will leave Bedford at 8.48am and pass through Wellingborough, before arriving at Kettering to show off its engine and pick up passengers.

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The train will continue to Corby, passing at 9.47am, before traveling up country to the Harringworth Viaduct.

The Duchess of Sutherland, an LMS Princess Coronation Class 46233, is a steam locomotive built in 1938 for express passenger services.

It was retired from service in the 1960s before being acquired by a Butlins holiday camp in Scotland, where it remained for decades before joining the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust before being restored.

Then, in 2002, the restored Duchess was the first steam locomotive to haul the Royal Train for 35 years, ferrying the Queen on a tour of North Wales during her Golden Jubilee.

The engine hauled the royal train again in 2005, carrying the Prince of Wales from Settle to Carlisle.

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Jose P. Rogers