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An LMS official photograph of Princess Coronation class 4-6-2 number 6225 "Duchess of Gloucester".
 

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For its visit to the USA LMS 6229 masquerading as 6220 "Coronation" was fitted with a headlight and a bell.
 
     
 

The LMS Board decided to send its most modern train for a publicity tour of the USA.  Locomotive 6229 "Duchess of Hamilton" was earmarked for this during construction and masqueraded as 6220 "Coronation" for its international journey.  During the tour she was displayed at the New York World's Fair.
 
 The outbreak of the Second World War delayed the return from the USA of 6229 (alias 6220) until 1943. Back in Britain the locomotive was given her rightful identity as 6229 "Duchess of Hamilton".
 
The carriages from the tour train did not return to Britain and were instead put into a siding and used as accommodation for US Army personnel.

 
     

 
 
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Prior to being shipped to the USA the locomotive carrying LMS number 6220 was fitted with a headlight and this publicity picture was taken on 9th January 1939 between Berkhamstead and Tring on the West Coast Main Line. The bell was fitted later.  Photograph Edward Talbot collection. 
 
 

         
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The locomotive was taken to Southampton Docks, deep into Southern Railway territory, and loaded onto a ship called the MS Belpamela for its journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Photograph Edward Talbot collection. 
 
 
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Another diagram of an LMS Princess Coronation Pacific locomotive.
  

 
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Whilst in Hartford, Connecticut, the locomotive was displayed to the public. Photograph Edward Talbot collection. 
 

         
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Another view of the locomotive on display in the USA. This time the location was the prestigious New York World's Fair. Photograph Edward Talbot collection. 
 

     
 

BR withdrew 6229 "Duchess of Hamilton" from service in 1963 and the locomotive then spent a number of years on display at the Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead before moving to the National Railway Museum at York for a number of years.
 
 The decision was taken to refit a streamlined casing to 6229 and a budget of 90,000 was set for this. The work was carried out at Tyseley and the locomotive was then returned to York by rail.

 
     

  
 
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The double chimney of preserved LMS Coronation class 4-6-2 number 6229 "Duchess of Hamilton" can clearly be seen in this photograph taken at the NRM in York. Photograph Edward Talbot. 

       
 

First loco of this type:  
Cost:  
Entered Service:  
Fitted Double Chimney:  
Streamlining Removed:  
Withdrawn from Service:  

LMS 6220 "Coronation"
11,813
June 1937
December 1944
September 1946
April 1963

 
       

     
 
 
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Another view of LMS 6229 "Duchess of Hamilton" at NRM York.  Photograph Edward Talbot.
 
 
 
 

An atmospheric painting of LMS 6220 "Coronation" hauling the "Coronation Scot".   Taken from the back cover of the book "The Coronation Scot" by Edward Talbot.
 
 
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