The Duchesses tells the story of the ' Princess Coronation' class of locomotives -the streamlined embodiments of raw, bulked-up muscle and formidable power that any enthusiast will tell you were the finest steam engines in Britain.
Conceived of by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway to rival the LNER' s illustrious ' A4 Pacifics' , these trains heralded in the last golden age of steam.
Designed by the great William Stanier, theirs is a story of grand beginnings, a slow trajectory of decline and a recent, celebrated rebirth.
Today, there are two ' Duchesses' still in existence: Duchess of Hamilton and Duchess of Sutherland are now restored to their original streamlined appearance.
As The Duchesses' beautiful cover illustration suggests, these Coronation locomotives were beautiful to behold; truly majestic feats of engineering. Andrew Roden' s book tells the story of their time in British Railways service; the class' decommissioning in the 1960s; the extraordinary saga of two trains' unlikely preservation by Billy Butlin at his holiday camps; and their eventual return to steam on the main line. The Duchesses completes a trilogy of railway books from Aurum, joining Mallard - the story of the world' s fastest steam locomotive - and Flying Scotsman - that of the world' s most famous.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/08/2015
- Category: Trains & railways: general interest
- ISBN: 9781781314975