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LMS Royal Scot Class Steam Locomotive

Find out about the class of Edwardian locomotive that pulled services on the west coast mainline all the way from 1927 to 1965.


The LMS Royal Scot Class Steam Locomotive is a 4-6-0 class steam locomotive built for the London Midland and Scottish Railway. Introduced in 1927, they were designed to replace the less powerful steam engines pulling express services on the West Coast main line.

Withdrawn from Service

All were withdrawn from service between 1962 and 1965, although two have been preserved: (4)6100 Royal Scot and (4)6115 Scots Guardsman. Today, 6100 Royal Scot is owned by Bressingham Steam Museum in Norfolk.

Class 87's

When the class 87 electrics were introduced on the WCML the name of Royal Scot was celebrated when 87001 carried the name.


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Posted on Wednesday 4th May 2011 | 4:11 PM

This is one of my all time favourite pictures of the LMS built "Royal Scot" 4-6-0 46115 "Scots Guardsman" on it's approach into Bournemouth Station.

Caroline Elliot

46115 Rebuilt Royal Scot

Posted on Monday 24th October 2011 | 5:00 PM

Was my good fortune to have Fired this Locomotive dozens of times with the Thames - Clyde - Express on the Leeds to Glasgow sector when it was shedded at Holbeck 20A, I regret to say, that they were not all they were cracked up to be, if they were not in tip top condition, they were rough riding, cold draughty Cab, and had an insatiable appetite for coal, take a Jubilee, or even a Black 5 over a Scot any day of the week, and being overloaded with the latter Loco's, they were still a better deal from the Firemans point of view. George Peacock

George Peacock

Royal Scots

Posted on Thursday 2nd February 2012 | 4:39 PM

George Very interested to hear your view of the Scots.Hope you will have recorded your experiences in greater detail for the benefit of future generations.As a matter of interest I think you may be mistaken in thinking you had 6115 on these jobs.Holbeck had 6103,6108,6117,6133 for many years. 6109and 6113 also had spells there but to the best of my recollection 6115 was always on the western division Best wishes John

john taylor

Holbeck Scots

Posted on Saturday 13th April 2013 | 9:23 PM

Geirge & John both mistaken. During the heyday years the following Royal Scots ONLY were based at Holbeck (55A) 46109 Royal Engineer 46112 Sherwood Forester 46113 Cameronian 46117 Welsh Guardsman 46145 Duke of Wellington's Regt. Mike Hopper

Mike Hopper

The Royal Scot

Posted on Wednesday 29th May 2013 | 12:47 AM

I logged on tonight to see the what i could find out about The Royal Scot. My grandfather James Leishman was the engine driver for that train. I have heard tales about him driving into tunnels during the second world war, missing the bombs from the Germans. How he ate his breakfast cooked on the shouvel in the fire. How proud our family is of our grandfather. A true Scotsman. A wonderful train. cant wait to go and see it now i know where it is.

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