Royal visitor steams through Deeping St Nicholas

The Duchess of Sutherland 6233 locomotive, used with the Royal Train during the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, passes through Littleworth level crossing, Deeping St Nicholas.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
The Duchess of Sutherland 6233 locomotive, used with the Royal Train during the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, passes through Littleworth level crossing, Deeping St Nicholas. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Train enthusiasts in South Holland witnessed a moment of history when a steam locomotive that previously carried the Queen to Wales passed through the area.

The 6233 Duchess of Sutherland, built in 1938, was driven through Spalding and Deeping St Nicholas on Saturday during its journey from London King’s Cross to Lincoln for the city’s Christmas market.

It was used to carry the Royal Train, with the Queen on board, to Wales during her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the Prince of Wales on a trip between Settle, North Yorkshire, and Carlisle, Cumbria, in 2005.

Spalding train enthusiast David Mead said: “The Duchess of Sutherland was designed by Sir William Stanier and built in Crewe for the London Midland and Scottish Railway.

“It’s believed to be the first time that this type of locomotive has ever passed through the Spalding area and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen it in my life.”