IT WILL be full steam ahead for train lovers when a classic locomotive returns to the rails.

The Duchess Of Hamilton is to take pride of place in a new exhibition at The National Railway Museum (NRM) – Streamlined: Styling An Era – opening today.

The re-streamlined steam loco will take centre stage in the museum’s Great Hall and will explore the links between 1930s society, engineering and design.

Joe Savage, display content manager at the NRM, said: “Duchess of Hamilton is one of the most significant products of the streamline era.”

The locomotive, built in 1938, has been painstakingly restored after months of work at Tyseley Locomotive Works in Birmingham, supported by the Friends of the National Railway Museum and the readers of Steam Railway Magazine.