Royal Scot to headline June’s Worth Valley 50 celebrations

ROYAL Scot is to head the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s 50th anniversary celebrations this summer.

LMS 4-6-0 No. 46100 will be running on the line from the start of the celebrations on Monday, June 24, for three days.

The railway is offering a special return trip behind 1927-built Royal Scot at a cost of £20 per person or £45 per person in the line’s Pullman carriage.

LMS 4-6-0 No. 46100 Royal Scot heads the northbound ‘York Yuletide Express’ near Souldrop on Saturday, December 16. The Railway Touring Company trip began at Ealing Broadway and returned from York behind A4 Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa. Royal Scot replaced No. 46233 Duchess of Sutherland which was not available. PETER FOSTER

The 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.

The tickets will include unlimited travel throughout the day and entry to the Rail Story Museums at Ingrow.

Selected to represent the LMS, the locomotive was made famous for a tour around North America in 1933. It was rebuilt by BR in 1950 with modern modifications, and was retired to display at Butlins holiday camp in Skegness in October 1962.

For long a resident at Bressingham Steam Museum after being acquired by the late horticulturalist Alan Bloom, its last overhaul was completed in September 2015.

It made a successful main line debut on December 22 and 23 that year with test runs from Crewe to Carnforth and return, and hauled its first main line passenger train for over 50 years on February 6, 2016 from Crewe to Holyhead.

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