Royal Scot 6100 returns to Skegness
Royal Scot, one of the world’s most famous steam locomotives, owes its survival to Skegness’s Sir Billy Butlin.
By special permission, it is returning to Skegness with a special train from London’s King’s Cross on Saturday 26th September 2020. The journey will nostalgically take it along two surviving sections of the old East Lincolnshire main line, between Peterborough and Spalding, and Boston and Firsby (east of Spilsby).
The powerful Royal Scot – built by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1930 for its most important express services – famously toured the USA and Canada in 1933, covering over 11,000 miles.
Consigned to the scrapyard at the end of 1962, it was lovingly restored to its original LMS red livery, and was on static display at Skegness for the rest of the decade between transfer to a museum in Norfolk. Now owned by the Royal Scot Locomotive & General Trust based at Crewe, Cheshire, it has recently been returned to main line service.
Royal Scot may have crossed the Rocky Mountains, but it’s never been to Skegness in steam. ELR50 is making this possible!
Come and see it arrive, or better still, ride behind it. The excursion will be operated by UK Railtours, Britain’s favourite railtour operators, and tickets are expected to be released in the early spring.