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Scot free

This is, I’m sure, the way most of us remember the Scots, in their Stanier rebuilt form, and in BR Green livery, almost unrecognisable from the engines designed by Fowler, for the LMS, in 1927. When I was growing up these engines hauled the principal express services, south to London and north to Glasgow, from my home in Leeds.  I had aunts and uncles living in Sheffield and, on visits to them, I  travelled behind quite a few of the Scots which were allocated to Holbeck during the 1950s and 60s.

No.46100 Royal Scot, the engine pictured, was allocated to 8A Edge Hill in 1946 and from 1948 until 1959 she was a Camden engine; in  in 1959 she was transferred to 16A Nottingham.  However, some of the Scots remained at the same shed from 01/01/1948 until withdrawn. Nos. 46102/04/05/07/21 were all at Polmadie and No. 46124 London Scottish was an Edge Hill engine for the same period. Some of the rarer allocations include, in September 1959, Nos. 46163 Civil Service Rifleman and 46165 The Ranger (12th London Regt.) which were allocated to Preston, they left 6 months later, in April 1960. A handfull were allocated to Canklow and some to Bushbury; Holyhead seemed to have allocations which lasted only a matter of weeks. Low Moor, (Bradford) and Mirfield were also unlikely allocations for a Royal Scot but several engines did spend short periods there in the early 1960s.

The Scot were are about to lose, No.46115 Scots Guardsman, spent time at Crewe, Carlisle, Upperby and Kingmoor, Longsight, and, for reasons unknown, 6 weeks at Springs Branch (Wigan), in June / July 1964.  I did hear, on the rumour mill, that No.46115 Scots Guardsman is to be ‘fast tracked through her overhaul’ – let’s hope so. Seeing and hearing the Scots, as they battle the northern hills and fells, is one of the sights and sounds guarenteed to bring back those care-free days of 1950s train spotting.

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Hot Scot

Under a cloudless blue sky, No.46100 Royal Scot, heads towards Goathland, with the first of her runs over the North Yorkshire Moors. It was not quite 10:00 and, already, it was too warm for any really nice billowing exhaust. By the time the second run was made the temperature was 16C – it’s still only March, and up on the moors! Having grown up in Leeds, in the 1950s, and had school holidays by the WCML in Rugby, I well remember these engines, on days like these, sixty years ago, in 1957. I never imagined then, that all those years later I would still be watching Brunswick Green Scots hauling maroon MK1s across scenic bits of Yorkshire.

Holbeck MPD  was, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, well known for its Scots and their duties over the S&C or down to St.Pancras with the Thames Clyde Express. The Scots were also regular performers on the Leeds – Liverpool leg of the Newcastle Liverpool services, so a day spotting on the platforms of City Station meant you saw a goodly number of them coming and going. No.46103 Royal Scots Fusilier 46108 Seaforth Highlander and 46109 Royal Engineer were just some of the regulars, as I recall. I have a painting of No.46103 Royal Scots Fusilier,  hanging above my desk, It was bought for me by a chum from back then  – ‘just to remind me’, he said. I hope the picture has brought back a few memories for you.

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Goathland Getaway

With taps and safety valves open Ex-LMS Class 5MT, No. 44776, hisses and sizzles as she plods gently out of Goathland with a Pickering bound service. No.44776 is actually No.44806 re-numbered for the Autumn ‘Welsh’ themed Gala. The real No.44776 was withdrawn, in 1967,  from Croes Newydd,  (Wrexham), and cut up for scrap.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s 2017 Spring Gala will see another EX-LMS locomotive, which was involved in number swapping, back in the 1930s, in action. The ‘star’ guest is advertised to be No.46100 Royal Scot, which did a number change, with (4) 6152 The King’s Dragoon Guardsman, for a trip round North America. Just for a laugh, maybe the NYMR should run No.46100 Royal Scot as No.46152 King’s Dragoon Guardsman.

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‘better go in disguise’

44787&63395MPDOne loco disguised as another isn’t confined to ‘heritage railways’, indeed it began many years before railway preservation ever got started. Probably the most famous, and surviving, example is No.61000 Royal Scot, which had a name change way back in 1933. The LMS were invited to send one of their engines to the ‘Century of Progress Exposition’ in Chicago and the decision was made to send one of the ‘Royal Scot class 4-6-0s. The obvious choice was the doyen of the class No.(4)6100 Royal Scot, which had been built in 1927, by the North British Locomotive Co. Rather than send the six year old and rather care worn No.(4)6100 Royal Scot the LMS swapped name plates and numbers with No.(4)6152 The King’s Dragoon Guardsman, which was some 3 years younger, having rolled out of the shops in 1930, and sent her instead.

No.46100 Royal Scot owes her survival not to any national policy of preserving locomotives with ‘history’, but to Billy Butlin and his holiday camps. No.46100 Royal Scot was withdrawn in 1962 and from 1963, following a cosmetic overhaul and re-paint into ‘crimson lake’ livery, she was on display at Butlin’s Skegness camp, where she remained until 1971, when she went to Bressingham.

In the photograph, Black 5 No.45428, has swapped identities with No.44787, which between 1955 and 1963, was allocated to 65A Eastfield (Glasgow) and is here carrying a 66B Motherwell MPD shed plate where she was based during the years 1963 to 65 and from where she was withdrawn in November of that year. A working life of just 18 years, which is very short for a locomotive which would quite easily have been expected to work 40, 50, or more.

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