Certainly not on Good Friday 13 April 1990.
The first public outing of 46229 Duchess of Hamilton following three years of a major overhaul was when she pulled a Friends’ charter train of fourteen fully loaded carriages from York to Carlisle and back via the Settle route. She performed magnificently.
Her return to main line operations was achieved by a joint NRM and Friends project ‘Duchess 90’.
In 1997, 46229 was finally bought from Butlin’s for the National Collection and the Friends accepted the challenge to continue to fund her restoration and operation. The engineering requirements would continue to be masterminded by Friends Honorary CME John Peck with the mechanical work undertaken by the Friends’ sponsored fitters Kim Mallyon, Peter Pickering and Adrian Ashby and the Tuesday night heavy gang of volunteers.
Photo: Roger Bastin