Historic Royal Scot train steams through North Wales on mainline debut

Reporter:

Suzanne Jordan

RAILWAY enthusiasts welcomed the Royal Scot steam train as it journeyed through North Wales.

Saturday marked the engine’s mainline debut; this was the first time in 50 years that the Royal Scot hauled a passenger train on the national rail network.

The Royal Scot steamed from Crewe to Holyhead - it chugged through Chester, Prestatyn, Rhyl and Colwyn Bay before making a 30 minute stop in Llandudno Junction. 

The engine then continued along the North Wales Coast Line and passed through Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan. 

It journeyed to Bangor and Holyhead before returning to Crewe.

Jeremy Hosking, chairman of The Royal Scot Trust, said: “After 50 years away from the mainline at last we have the privilege of bringing this superb locomotive back to do the work she was designed to do. We are glad so many people came out to celebrate with us on the day.”

The Royal Scot is owned by the Royal Scot Trust. London and North Western Railway Heritage, an organisation dedicated to the overhaul and restoration of steam locomotives and owned by the Royal Scot Trust, has been working over the last three years to restore Royal Scot to traffic.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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