6233 Duchess of Sutherland departs Basingstoke 13 August 2008 by Sounds of Steam published on 2013/03/30 19:54:05 +0000 Night time at Basingstoke to see 6233 Duchess of Sutherland hauling a 'Sunny South Special' for 'Steam Dreams' from Clapham Junction to Weymouth. This was the leg on a calm and clear evening. Plenty of action here then. We start with a spine tingling moment as 6233's hooter sounds in the distance and echoes across the town. Soon a west bound Desiro slows to stop at the station. As the hooter sounds again after 6233's water stop we hear the loco get underway as a DMU shuttle from Reading passes close by heading for the bay at Platform 5. The sound of 6233 echoes around again and as the loco passes the crew acknowledge the signal box before continuing their journey heading for Fleet, Woking and Clapham Junction.