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Fifty years since first steam locomotive in Shropshire

It's fifty years since the arrival of the very first steam locomotive at the Severn Valley Railway in Shropshire. And now the man who drove that engine has been back to remember that moment in the railway's history.

The line has changed enormously since 1967 and now carries around a quarter of million passengers a year. It has grown a lot from it's very simple beginnings, as Keith Wilkinson reports.

First trip this year for repaired steam engine

Duchess of Sutherland Credit: Keith Wilkinson

A grand old lady of steam is back on the rails in the East Midlands.

The locomotive, Duchess of Sutherland, has been out on her first trip this year following repair work to her pistons and cylinders at the Midland Railway in Butterley, Derbyshire.

The engine, built by the LMS at Crewe in 1938, was withdrawn from service in the 1960's and used to be on display at a Butlins holiday camp in Scotland.

Today she is hauling a special train from Derby to Scarborough in Yorkshire. In July she will be celebrating her 75th birthday at the Midland Railway heritage line.

The photograph shows the Duchess preparing to pull into the north dock siding at Derby railway station - with two modern diesel trains passing her on the Midland mainline.

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