By Roger Melton and Robin Jones
THE eagerly-anticipated high-profile visit of LMS 4-6-0 No. 46100 Royal Scot to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway saw near sell-out services as crowds thronged the lineside.
Royal Scot featured in a press launch for the visit on Friday, March 24, before hauling timetabled trains over the following weekend, and the following Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Glorious early-spring sunshine welcomed the ‘Scot’ and visitors alike.
Witnesses said that at times it appeared that there were more people in attendance on the lineside and at stations than for last year’s visit of A3 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman.
The visit was one of the many events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the NYMR Preservation Society, the forerunner of the current charitable trust.
Its general manager, Chris Price, said: “It was great to see passengers back at the railway and travelling behind the iconic engine.
“Ticket sales have been very positive and based on the opening weekend we know it’s going to be a week to remember and is the perfect way to start spring.”
After the first few days of Royal Scot’s visit, it was clear that the railway has had another major success on its hands with the majority of seats pre-sold and tour operators, that have purchased a high proportion of them already, inquiring about next year’s event.
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