Scots Guardsman thunders through Deeside on return leg of Blaenau Ffestiniog trip
Update: LMS Scots Guardsman steamed through Deeside slightly ahead of schedule, Alan Downes was on hand to grab some stunning photographs posted below.
That was fast….!! pic.twitter.com/ZGLq2Qee86
— 📷 Alan Downes 🎥 (@alan_downes_) July 20, 2021
Original report: Fans of classic steam trains can catch a glimpse of a locomotive thundering through Deeside on Tuesday evening (20 July).
LMS Scots Guardsman will be passing through Shotton on the return leg of a day trip to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Operated by The Railway Touring Company, The Welsh Mountaineer train set off from Preston just before 6.45am and headed to Warrington to pick up passengers.
From there it stopped at Frodsham and Chester before passing through Shotton and steaming alongside the Dee Estuary.
Travelling along the north Wales coast the train then stops at Llandudno Junction station to change in direction for the run along the Conwy Valley and into Snowdonia National Park before a steep climb up to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
‘Scots Guardsman’ leaving Warrington this morning, with ‘The Welsh Mountaineer’ to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
— Whitfield Light Railway (@WhitfieldRail) July 20, 2021
The Railway Touring Company describes today’s tour on its website, it says: “Our train is steam hauled by a locomotive from the Carnforth pool and leaves Preston at around 06:50 and heads up the West Coast Main Line to Warrington Bank Quay, where we stop to pick up more passengers. ”
“We continue to Frodsham, where further passengers may join the train and our steam locomotive takes on water. Chester is our final pick up point for passengers and, as we leave, we pass through the ancient city walls and cross the river Dee into Wales.”
The return leg will leave Blaenau Ffestiniog at 4pm passing through Shotton (lower level) at 6.56pm – on the way to Chester, timings are, of course, subject to change.
The return leg timings can be tracked here: https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-nr:U52282/2021-07-20/detailed
LMS Royal Scot Class 6115 Scots Guardsman was built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company in Springburn, Glasgow.
It was named Scots Guardsman in 1928 after the Scots Guards. After receiving smoke deflectors, it starred in the 1936 film Night Mail.
6115 was rebuilt in 1947 with a new tapered type 2A boiler, and was painted in LMS 1946-style black livery.
It was the first of the rebuilt engines to receive smoke deflectors and the only one to run with them as an LMS engine.
It was renumbered 46115 by British Railways in 1948 and was withdrawn in January 1966.
[Thanks to Ian for sending in the photograph of the LMS Scots Guardsman travelling through Connah’s Quay this morning]
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