DUCHESS OVER THE DEVON BANKS
(Newton Abbot - Totnes - Plymouth)
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.|
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.
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
Locomotive Featured: LMS Princess Coronation Class, No. 46233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’
Running Time 2 hours (120 minutes)