One 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 No.46100 Royal Scot was withdrawn in 1962 and from 1963, following a cosmetic overhaul and re-paint into ‘crimson lake’ livery, she was on display at Butlin’s Skegness camp, where she remained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is here carrying a 66B Motherwell MPD shed plate where she was based during the years 1963 to 65 and from where she was withdrawn in November of that year.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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