Trainspotters had the chance to see a historic locomotive pass through Derbyshire on Wednesday as it crossed the country. The London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) “Scot” No. 46100, named the “Royal Scot”, spent three minutes at Derby train station, from 10.57am to 11am, 42 minutes after its scheduled 10.15am arrival time.
It then passed through Breadsall, Duffield and Belper before reaching Chesterfield at 11.28am, having made up time to be just 13 minutes late. Dozens of people turned out to see the famed locomotive, including two youngsters who set up a tripod to capture the moment the engine passed under the Pride Parkway bridge.
The locomotive was being used on a special rail tour heading from Kidderminster, in the Severn Valley, to York, travelling through Staffordshire and Derbyshire en route after leaving at 7.25am. After a three-hour stop in York this afternoon, it was set to return to Kidderminster late on Wednesday via Chesterfield, Alfreton and Langley Mill.
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The Royal Scot, named after the Royal Scots infantry regiment, was the first of more than 160 Scot class engines to be built by LMS. It was built in Derby in 1927, rebuilt in Crewe in 1950 and withdrawn from regular passenger service in 1962 while based at Nottingham.
The last of the class were withdrawn later in the 1960s. The Royal Scot weighs 86 tonnes, is over 19 metres long, and can carry up to nine tonnes of coal, which it uses for fuel, at once.
The engine was bought by Billy Butlin, of Butlin’s holiday parks, when it was withdrawn from passenger rail duties and spent several years in Skegness, before it was later bought by a heritage trust and was refurbished at a workshop owned by the musician and rail enthusiast Pete Waterman. It caught fire after being refurbished in 2009, causing it to be fully renovated again to mainline train standards, and it has been in use since.