Update from West Shed – Events and steam locomotive Duchess of Sutherland

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6233 "Duchess of Sunderland" hauling a Mainline Tour // Credit Gareth Griffiths

West Shed, home to The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, has released their latest update, including upcoming events and news of 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland”

Upcoming Events
February Half Term Activities at West Shed // Credit West Shed
February Half Term Activities at West Shed // Credit West Shed

West Shed will next be open in February Half Term (From Monday 19th to Friday 23rd of February), with plenty of family actives taking place, such as craft activities. This includes

  1. Make a junk model train
  2. Have a go at ‘Chinese New Year’ themed craft activities
  3. See the model railway in action.

The Midland Railway will also be running diesel-hauled trains in the February Half Term, the dates for this being Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th of February.

More information about this can be found on their website here

46233 “Duchess of Sutherland”
46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" inside West Shed January 2018 // Credit West Shed
46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” inside West Shed January 2018 // Credit West Shed

On further examination at West Shed, it has been found that 21 (out of 40) flue tubes have cracks and need replacing. With this extra workload, the decision has been made to carry out all necessary work for a new boiler ticket to be issued for 46233, instead of running until the current ticket is out in 2021.

Once the work has been completed, the Duchess is set to return with its new boiler ticket around June/July 2018. 46233 will appear in its new livery of LMS Crimson Lake and will be hauling mainline tours, mainly for Steam Dreams and The Railway Touring Company.

PMR Tours

Due to various factors, PMR Tours can’t confirm any tours with the Duchess for the first 6 months of 2018. Further announcements will be made later in the year.