Vintage 'Royal Scot' steam train will travel through Lancashire this weekend

The 46100 Royal Scot will be passing through Lancashire as it heads to Carnforth this weekend.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 7:59 pm
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 8:00 pm
The 46100 Royal Scot will be passing through Lancashire this weekend. (Photo by Charlie Jackson)

Train spotters and fans will be able to spot the 46100 Royal Scot steam train as it passes through Lancashire this weekend.

The iconic steam locomotive is due to stop at Chorley on Saturday (February 15) as part of its circular tour of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

Following the last passenger stop at Chorley, the train will join the West Coast Main line where it will steam through Preston towards its final destination of Carnforth.

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The Pennine Peaks and Valley Explorer leisure passenger service will be steam-hauled by the restored engine, the No. 46100 Royal Scot – West Country Class, along the Crewe — Manchester Line.

Saphos Trains, part of the Locomotive Services group, said: "We are pleased to present a truly memorable steam hauled circular tour through the magnificent Pennines with travel in our immaculately restored vintage carriages for a journey through deep valleys and the spectacular Yorkshire Dales offering stunning views and the prospect of snow covered peaks as they glisten in winter sunlight, plus taxing climbs to make the engine work hard."

The Royal Scot will depart from Chorley railway station at 11.15am on Saturday, making its return at around 4.15pm.

Built in 1927, the steam locomotive 46100 Royal Scot was the flagship locomotive of the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company, operating the fastest services on the West Coast from London to Manchester and Glasgow.

It was retired from service in October 1962, but after five years of restoration the train was returned to the rails in 2016 on a journey from Crewe to Holyhead.

Tickets for the journey have sold out, but for those who want to get an up-close look at the locomotive, it will be taking short breaks at a number of locations on its journey to and from Carnforth.

Confirmed passenger timings for outward journeys are as follows:

Crewe: Depart 8.40am

Sandbach: Depart 8.50am

Wilmslow: Depart 9.10am

Stockport: Depart 9.25am

Manchester Victoria: Depart 10.30am

Bolton: Depart 10.55am

Chorley: Depart 11.15am

Carnforth (Platform 1): Arrive 12.45pm

Return journeys are as follows:

Carnforth (Platform 2): Depart 1.30pm

Chorley: Arrive 4.15pm

Bolton: Arrive 4.30pm

Manchester Victoria: Arrive 5pm

Stockport: Arrive 6.25pm

Wilmslow: Arrive 6.40pm

Sandbach: Arrive 7.10pm

Crewe: Arrive 7.35pm