STEAM train lovers are set for a treat when the Duchess of Sutherland returns to the Great Western mainline.

The locomotive is making its first trip of the year through Swindon on May 21, having spent a period in the north of England.

Duchess of Sutherland is part of the Coronation class that was built in the 1930s by the London Midland and Scottish Railway in streamlined condition.

Following the outbreak of war in the 1940s, the streamline was removed.

Its sister engine number 6220 Coronation broke the speed record in 1937 when it reached 114 miles per hour, which beat the London and North Eastern Railway’s record of 113 miles per hour at the time.

But 6220 Coronation was withdrawn and cut up at Crewe Works in 1963.

Number 6223 Duchess of Sutherland was built by the LMS in 1938 and is currently the only member of the class to be mainline certified.

It is currently owned by The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust.

The pacific is due to be hauling the Cotswold Explorer which is being run by Vintage Trains and set to travel from Tyseley to Oxford.

It is scheduled to run past Cheltenham and Stroud before taking the Golden Valley route through Kemble before joining the GW mainline at Swindon. Timings have yet to be announced.

On the return journey, Duchess of Sutherland will climb the famous Hatton bank before returning to Birmingham Snow Hill station and then Tyseley Locomotive Works.