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