National Railway Museum Announces Addition to LMS Princess Coronation Class No. 6229 Duchess of Hamilton

The National Railway Museum in York has announced a new addition to the iconic LMS Princess Coronation Class No. 6229 Duchess of Hamilton – a converted LMS railway carriage which has been restored to match the streamlined symbol of 1930s luxury.

Visitors to the Museum on 24 & 25 September will catch the first glimpse of the railway carriage coupled with the LMS locomotive as they take centre stage at a special event to celebrate the largest of the ‘Big Four’ railway companies, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS).

LMS Princess Coronation Class No. 6229 Duchess of Hamilton became the most famous of her kind when she was shipped to America to take part in the New York World’s Fair in 1939. The locomotive was selected as the best example of British engineering based not only on her power and speed, but the striking Art Deco design which oozed elegance and glamour. To pay tribute to this steam icon, in 2009 the National Railway Museum restored the Duchess of Hamilton to its former glory, reinstating its curved body panels and magnificent maroon and gold livery which had been removed from the locomotive during the Second World War.

Recognising the opportunity to enhance Duchess of Hamilton further, the Museum has selected a 1937 3rd Class brake corridor carriage to be taken from the National Collection and transformed to match the Art Deco locomotive. Restoration work has been carried out on the vehicle’s roof with the application of the rich Crimson Lake livery currently underway. The iconic gold speed lines, which rush from the nose of the streamlined locomotive along the sides of the new vehicle, will then be applied to the carriage to mark the completion of the project.

The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York covers over 300 years of railway history and its collections include over 100 locomotives , some 250 items of rolling stock and thousands of other objects – from posters and tickets to uniforms and silverware. Visitors can enjoy a fun family day out with the kids including an action-packed annual programme of special events and exhibitions. For more information visit www.nrm.org.uk

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