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'40 year's Gala 3rd June in 2017'
This Gala at The Nene Valley Railway was celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Nene Valleys opening train. see below
Royal Scot was the star Locomotive at this event.
46100 at The Nene Valleys Peterborogh station on the 3rd of June 2017
The name plate of Royal Scot 46100
Prior to Convertion
This locomotion was exhibited at the Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago,1933 and made a tour of Canada and the United States of America. The engine and train covered 11,194 miles over railroads of the North America continent and and was inspected by 3,021,601 people.
W.Gilbertson - Driver.......T. Blackett - Fireman
J.Jackson - fireman.......W.C.Woods - Fitter
Short History of Royal Scot
The original 6100 was the first of its class and was built by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow in 1927 and was given the name 'Royal Scot'.
During 1933 number 6152 'The King's Dragoon Guardsman' and Royal Scot number 6100 swapped over their numbers and name plates. They were never to be swapped back.
Number 6152 had been built at Derby Works in 1930. This was the locomotive that went to the USA and was at the NVR in 2017.
Royal Scott was renumbered 46100 by British Railways in 1948. In 1950 it was rebuilt with a 2A taper boiler. The words "Prior to conversion" were added to its nameplates then. In 1962 46100 was withdrawn from service.
46100 was bought by Billy Butlin. The Locomotivet was set on a plinth at his Skegness Holiday camp and was there till the 1971. It then went to the Bressingham Steam Museum berefor going to Pete Waterman's LNWR Heritage workshops in Crewe.
The Nene Valley Railways opening train in June 1977
The NVR's opening train, with the French Nord loco, 3.628 and SJ 1178 at Wansford station.
On the 1st June in 1977 The Nene Valley ran its offical 'Opening Day Train' with French Nord loco number 3.628 and SJ 1178. The train ran from Wansford station to Orton Mere and return. This train cut the tape to mark the opening of the railway. This Tape was still being put up when I took this photo.
The Peterborough Nene Valley station and Rail World were not yet open and trains only ran to Orton Mere which had only one platform.
The French Nord loco, 3.628 has since left the NVR and returned to France.
The Nene Valley Railway
The Nene Valley Railway runs from Peterborough to Wansford railway station and then on to Yarwell junction. Wansford Station is on part of the old A1 at Stibbingson and is about 2 miles from the village of Wansford itself. The railway line is about 7 1/2 miles long. Trains run at weekends for most of the year.
The station at Wansford railway station is open from around 9am to 4.30 on most days. (check on there web site for times) The line runs trains from this country and also from abroad. As well as steam locomotives it also has main line and industrial diesels. It has wagons and coaches and a large collection of railway bits and bobs. At the Peterborough end of the NVR is the Rail World Museum which is next to the Nene Valley Railways Peterborough station.
Here is a Link to The Nene Valley's official web site www.nvr.org.uk
Page uploaded 8/5/2018