Nostalgia of steam brings hundreds to Norwich train station for a glimpse of the Duchess of Sutherland

The No.46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' LMS Princess Coronation Class 4-6-2 "Pacific" type steam locomo

The No.46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' LMS Princess Coronation Class 4-6-2 "Pacific" type steam locomotive built in 1938 steaming along the tracks at Lakenham Yuletide Express to York. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

The nostalgic sights, smells and sounds of steam drew hundreds of people to Norwich station this morning to see one of the most famous locomotives in the country.

The Duchess of Sutherland steam locomotive passing through Hargham near Attleborough. Picture: DENIS

The Duchess of Sutherland steam locomotive passing through Hargham near Attleborough. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The Duchess of Sutherland is at the head of the York Yuletide Express, which is travelling from Norwich via Wymondham, Attleborough, Thetford and Brandon before taking the main line to York.

The locomotive, which spent 25 years at Bressingham Steam Museum, is expected to burn six tonnes of coal on the journey, which will see her return to the city at about 11pm tonight.

She is considered one of the most powerful steam locomotives built in Britain and is now one of the most reliable performers on the line.

Among the steam enthusiasts was Tim Hailes, from Oulton Broad, who said: 'I'm here because I'm 71 and I remember steam as it used to be until the 1960s.

'It brings back memories and is very nostalgic. It's a nice day out and leaves from our area, which is also obviously great.'

He said that the smell of the steam was one of its most nostalgic elements.

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The Duchess was repainted in 2012 and is run by the Railway Touring Company.

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FULL LIST OF TIMINGS (departure-arrival)

Norwich: 08:09-23:10

Wymondham: 08:27-22:48

Attleborough: 08:40-22:38

Thetford: 08:59-22:18

Brandon: 09:11-22:04

March: 10:18-20:58

Peterborough: 10:45-20:31

York: 13:17-16:33