The Duchess steams into Scarborough

The first of this years Scarborough Flyer services arrives at the platform, pulled by the locomotive, the Duchess of Sutherland. Picture by Neil Silk 133034b.

The first of this years Scarborough Flyer services arrives at the platform, pulled by the locomotive, the Duchess of Sutherland. Picture by Neil Silk 133034b.

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A historic locomotive made its first journey to Scarborough on Friday to mark the start of the town’s summer steam service.

The 46233 Duchess of Sutherland hauled The Scarborough Flyer’s restored vintage carriages into the station as crowds of people looked on.

Dating from 1938, the Princess Coronation Class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 was built by LMSR at Crewe for use on express passenger trains.

Leaving Crewe early in the morning, The Scarborough Flyer stops at Wilmslow, Stockport, Huddersfield, Wakefield Kirkgate and York, before steaming into Scarborough.

Organised by heritage rail operator, The Railway Touring Company, the service will run each Friday until September 13.

Passengers can choose to stop at York for the afternoon or travel on to Scarborough.

Steam locomotive 60009 Union of South Africa, an A4 class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 built at Doncaster in 1937, is also one of the team of historic locomotives scheduled to haul The Scarborough Flyer this year.

The 60009 is a sister locomotive to the Mallard, which set the steam speed record 75 years ago, and recently attended ‘The Great Gathering’ of the surviving six A4 locomotives at the National Railway Museum in York.

For more information or tickets contact The Railway Touring Company on 01553 661500 or visit www.railwaytouring.co.uk