46229's first run

Photo: Barry Austin

The original date chosen for Duchess of Hamilton’s first public run following its return to steam was 26 April 1980. However, a further fortnight was required to ready the engine, but as can be seen the original date was left on the tickets issued for the train. The ticket also confirms the role played by the FNRM in promoting the event and the fact that 46229 was at the time still in the ownership of Butlin’s.

It must be remembered that at the time the Museum was heavily committed to the forthcoming Liverpool and Manchester Railway 150 event. This involved not just preparing 46229 but also Green Arrow, Cheltenham, Evening Star, Hardwicke, the Midland Compound 1000 a