46100 ‘Royal Scot’ on the KWVR 25th – 27th June 2018
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 will be hauling passenger trains between Keighley and Oxenhope each day. This is YOUR chance to ride behind Royal Scot which will haul your train from Keighley to Oxenhope and one of our resident steam locomotives will take the train, with Royal Scot on the rear, from Oxenhope to Keighley.
Tickets MUST be purchased in advance and will be valid for one round trip only (journey time between 80 and 120 minutes depending on your departure) from either Haworth or Oxenhope. Your advance ticket will also allow unlimited travel on our other steam train running on the same date, so you can make a day visit to the railway if you wish.
- £20 Adult (no concessions)
- £10 child (young children who do not require a seat can travel free of charge)
Each day one of our two Pullmans coaches, Mary or Ann, built in 1930 as a pair for the Southern Railway ‘Bournemouth Belle’ service will attached to every train. Complimentary hot drinks and cream teas will be served. A premium fare for luxury travel in the Pullmans will apply.
- £45 first class Pullman
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.
LMS ‘Royal Scot’ Class 4-6-0 46100 ‘Royal Scot’
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.
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.