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Hot Scot

Today’s visit to the K&WVR 50th Celebrations, provided a little addition to the usual drama of steam locomotives hard at work, there was a trackside fire at Oxenhope. Not a huge affair but, large enough to warrant the attention of the local fire brigade – with a substantial delay to services until it was all dampend down. Not quite what you want with crowds of people, in gala mood, in baking hot conditions stuck, on the train.

With nothing happening at Oxenhope we took the opportunity to move down to Ingrow, which is where we see No.46100 Royal Scot.  Now, you could be forgiven for thinking that she is hurtling through the station on her non-stop run to Oxenhope but, you’d be wrong. No.46100 Royal Scot is moving, and the lamps would indicate an express, however, in this photo she’s the tail of the top and tail working and, so far as I recall, the lamp(s) should be a single one, bottom middle, and red during the hours of darkness, in fog, or falling snow.

Moving on – the Thames Clyde Express was a regular duty, for many years, for the Royal Scots and would have been a regular sight for railway enthusiasts in and around Keighley during the 50s and early 60s, before the A3s stole some of their thunder. However, for 3 days No.46100 Royal Scot is the star attraction – and no more line side fires – please.

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“Right Away”

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‘Right away’ though, sadly, despite appearances not main line.  Many of you will know already that No.60103 Flying Scotsman failed to make her main line debut on Saturday, brake and paperwork problems, so I’m led to believe. Flying Scotsman’s non-appearance is probably the least of the worries about main line steam workings right now, as the Sword of Damocles hangs over West Coast Railway Co.,  because of the signals passed at danger incident, at Wootton Bassett, and several instances of ‘unauthorised’ interference with the TWPS equipment.

If WCRC do loose their operators licence, which, it would seem, is a real possibility, the main line steam programme would be decimated. The regular Jacobite services are a major part of the tourist / rural economy in the North West Highlands of Scotland and rail tour operators, as well as locomotive owners, would be facing ruin, unable to run tours or operate their locomotives. WCRC are the would be operators for much of Flying Scotsman’s main line programme, the Cumbrian Mountain services, the Waverly, the Fellsman, the Cathedrals Express, the GB IX tour and much of No.46100 Royal Scot’s itinerary, are all WCRC jobs and all of them would be halted if WCRC cannot operate.

The motive power pool affected is a pretty awesome array and would make a fine compliment for any ‘main line’ passenger shed. I’ve already mentioned 60103 and 46100, but to that list can be added,   4936, 4965, 5043, (30)777, 34067, 44871, 45212, 45305, 45407,  45690, 45699, 46115, 46201, 46233, 60009, 60163,  61306, 61994, 62005, 70000, 70013, and probably a few more besides. We’ll need to keep our fingers crossed, or 2016 could be a very bleak year for main line steam.

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Black 5 Pilot

44801&6100

No44801, actually No.44806, piloting No.6100 Royal Scot, actually No.6152 The King’s Dragoon Guardsman, which became No.6100 Royal Scot for a trip to the USA and was never swapped back. I hope you got all that numerical legerdemain, I’ll be asking questions later!! I’m only asking but shouldn’t No.6100 Royal Scot, which is now painted Brunswick Green and numbered 46100, be numbered (4)6152 and named King’s Dragoon Guardsman?

Moving on, this classic LMS  pairing are seen here alongside the river Dee, heading west towards Carrog, during one the Llangollen Railway “Sun Steel & Steam” galas held to raise funds for the building of a new member of the  ‘Patriot Class’ to become No.45551 Unknown Warrior. This ambitious project intends to have No.45551 Unknown Warrior finished to main line standards and ready in time to be part of the Armistice celebrations in 2018. Having enjoyed the sight and sound of these engines throughout my early years it will be lovely to see one back in action, albeit a brand spanking new one.

If you’ve enjoyed my photographs and blog, you might enjoy my book “Gricing: The Real story of the Railway Children”. These are some of the totally unsolicited comments from people who have read  Gricing:  ‘treated myself to a copy of “Gricing” for Christmas, excellent reading.’  ‘I’m enjoying your book, it’s a real page-turner, thought provoking and great photos, to boot.’  ‘ I bought and enjoyed “Gricing” etc and would heartily recommend it to readers’. – and from another ‘satisfied’ reader’ – ‘ I was given what I believe to be your book called Gricing the other night.  Very much enjoyed the book if it is yours!’

This is the link to my book “Gricing: The Real Story of the Railway Children.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gricing-Real-story-Railway-Children/dp/1514885751

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