Travels with a Duchess
First transmitted in 1986, Miles Kington is shown the workings of the 'Duchess of Hamilton', one of Britain's most famous locomotives.
First transmitted in 1986, Miles Kington takes a closer look at the 'Duchess of Hamilton', one of Britain's most famous locomotives. The presenter meets Kim Maylon, the principal engineer who looked after the locomotive at the National Railway Museum in York, and is shown the work involved to prepare the engine for its epic trip. He then travels behind the Duchess over the famous Settle to Carlisle line.
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BBC Four Steam Railways Collection
More about this programme
Miles Kington wrote about the Steam Days series in the Radio Times: "For about 100 years steam was the only way to travel, and it changed the face of this country as only the motor car has since. These films chart some of the changes it brought to us, whether in the creation of the West Country as our premier holiday area or in the production of noble white elephants like the Settle-Carlisle line. But they also reflect the sheer fun we had going out and meeting the wonderfully eccentric people who keep steam alive today."