London Midland & Scottish Railway 4-6-0 ‘Royal Scot’ Class and the KWVR
For many years the ‘Royal Scot’ Class of locomotives were the mainstay of many express services over LMS lines before and after nationalisation. At the end of steam on the national network, the last member of the class, 46115 ‘Scots Guardsman’ was condemned in December 1965 and was bought for preservation by the late Mr. R. A. Bill coming to Haworth from Carlisle on the 11th August 1966, one of the first locomotives to arrive on the Railway prior to re-opening.
No. 46115 was never steamed at Haworth, its sheer size meaning it was placed well down in the list of restoration priorities. Moreover, its axle-loading would have precluded any regular use.
In 1969 ‘Scots Guardsman’ left the KWVR for pastures new and recently saw service on steam specials out on the mainline, being withdrawn in 2017 for its 10 year overhaul. To commemorate the early days of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, we are delighted to welcome the other survivor, and more celebrated doyen of the class, no. 46100 ‘Royal Scot’. The visit of 46100 represents 50 years of developing the Railways infrastructure and now allows us to have such iconic locomotives visit the KWVR.
LMS ‘Royal Scot’ Class 4-6-0 46100 ‘Royal Scot’
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is once again offering a one off experience. We are excited to be able to welcome a true Icon of Steam, Royal Scot to our railway between Monday 25th June and Wednesday 27th June 2018.
Royal Scot, which was built in 1927, was the first in a new breed of steam locomotives, made by the LMS for their fastest passenger services from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. Selected to represent the LMS, the locomotive was made famous for a tour around North America in 1933. Having regularly served the passengers of the West Coast it was rebuilt by British Railways in 1950 with modern modifications. Eventually the engine was retired to display at Butlins in Skegness in October 1962.
After a long and major overhaul, Royal Scot triumphantly returned to steam in September 2015. She made her successful main line debut on December 22nd and 23rd with test runs from Crewe to Carnforth and return. She hauled her first main line passenger train for over fifty years on February 6th 2016 from Crewe to Holyhead.
Royal Scot will be at the K&WVR for three days only and you can be part of this amazing experience and travel behind Royal Scot, we are offering one return trip on Royal Scot at a cost of £20 per person or £45 per person in the Pullman Carriage. You will board at a choice of Haworth and Oxenhope.
Your journey will begin with a KWVR locomotive which will take Royal Scot to Keighley. Then Royal Scot will haul the passenger train between Keighley and Oxenhope or Haworth. Your journey will take between 80 and 120 minutes depending on your departure.
The departure times are as follows:
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Whilst on the train relax and feel free to visit the real ale buffet car which will be serving a selection of drinks. After your journey you can enjoy the rest of the railway as your ticket includes unlimited travel throughout the day and entry to the Rail Story Museums at Ingrow.