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Saturday, 27 May 2017

A Duchess Through Settle today

This magnificent picture by former Dalesman editor Paul Jackson shows Duchess of Sutherland heading north at the Hoffman kiln at Langcliffe, near Settle, this morning. She was hauling a Statesman rail tour from Norwich to Carlisle and return today. I have just seen her whooooosh through Settle on her return southbound at 1833. I think it is around midnight that the train gets back to Norwich but what a day the passengers will have had. It is such a relief to see steam trains speeding through Settle again, all the way to Carlisle and further north too.

This is how the Duchesses looked back in their day:

Matter of opinion of course but I do not think they were half as elegant as the Gresley equivalents:

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