(Newton Abbot - Totnes - Plymouth)

 An exciting prospect as we once again tackle the South Devon Banks, with one of Sir William Stanier’s mighty LMS Princess Coronation Class Locomotives; better known as ‘Duchesses’. We retrace our footsteps to the mid-1950s, when two Duchesses were sent to the Western Region to temporaily cover the duties of ‘King’ Class locomotives.

The first part begins at Newton Abbot, where we get straight into the action and climb up the Westbound climbs of Dainton & Rattery Banks, on the edge of Dartmoor, before dropping into Plymouth.

The second part begins at Plymouth and we tackle the Eastbound climbs of Hemerdon & Dainton Banks, and drawing comparisons with the records set by BR Standard Class 8, No.71000 ‘Duke of Gloucester’.

A bonus sequence also includes crossing the Royal Albert Bridge, becoming the first ever Duchess to venture into Cornwall, as well as the climb through the Glyn Valley from Bodmin Road.

With live sound recorded from the locomotive, we bring the action right to you. This program also features commentary, location titles & lineside shots. Commentary/Interviews with the fireman are also included, giving us an insight how to handle a steam engine on this challenging stretch of line.

Locomotive Featured: LMS Princess Coronation Class, No. 46233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’

Running Time 2 hours (120 minutes)