LMSR 4-6-2 8P Coronation Class No. 46229 'Duchess of Hamilton' - 2009.
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The National Railway Museum London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR) 4-6-2 8P Coronation Class No. 46229 'Duchess of Hamilton' standing in the car park area outside the Great Hall of the museum on Tuesday 19 May 2009 after it arrived by rail the pervious day from Tyseley Locomotive Works were it was streamlined. LMSR 4-6-2 8P Coronation Class No 46229 was designed by William Stanier and was completed at Crewe Works on 7 September 1938, with the number 6229. It was one of 38 Coronation Class locomotives built, 24 of which were streamlined. 6229 officially entered service on 10 September 1938. In January 1939 the LMS sent 6229 to the World's Fair in America, masquerading as the original member of its class No 6220 'Coronation'. Due to the outbreak of the Second World War, the engine remained in the United States until February 1942 and, shortly after returning, it exchanged correct names and numbers with 'Coronation'. In 1948 the streamlining casing was removed with the aim of easing maintenance. In its place the loco was fitted with smoke deflectors, a double chimney and sloping smokebox top. During its BR service the locomotive was given the number 46229 and operated The Caledonian.