46115 Scots Guardsman (LMS 6115 & BR 46115)

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46115 Scots Guardsman was built as 6115 by the North British Locomotive Company of Glasgow in 1927.

It was named Scots Guardsman in 1928 after the Scots Guards. After receiving smoke deflectors, it starred in the 1936 film Night Mail. It was in fact the first member of the class to be equipped with the distinctive curved smoke deflectors.

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 the last of the class in service from service at Carlisle Kingmoor depot in December 1965.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Crewe North
March 1949Carlisle Upperby
September 1949Longsight
September 1960Crewe North
May 1961Carlisle Upperby
May 1964Springs Branch Wigan
July 1964Carlisle Upperby
November 1964Carlisle Kingmoor

It bought the late Bob Bill and moved to Haworth on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway but subsequently it was decided that the locomotive was too large for the requirements of the line at that time.

In May 1969, 46115 Scots Guardsman was hauled to Dinting Railway Centre which was then the home of the Bahamas Locomotive Society who kept Jubilee 45596 Bahamas there until it closed in 1991.

It was restored at Dinting by 1978 and ran only two mainline railtours later that year before it required major boiler repairs.

Peter Bill, son of Bob, sold the Scots Guardsman to the 46115 Scots Guardsman Trust, which delivered it to the Birmingham Railway Museum in Tylesely in 1989 for overhaul – however, it was neglected as other work was deemed higher priority.

46115 was purchased by David Smith, who owns the West Coast Railway Company, and in 2008, it was restored to main-line running standard. Its first test run from Carnforth to Hellifield was completed on in June 2008. The locomotive was then moved back into the depot at Steamtown and repainted BR Brunswick Green, appearing in this livery at the Steamtown Open Weekend in July 2008. It then hauled its first railtour called ‘The Settle-Carlisle Venturer’ from Hellifield to Carlisle and return in August 2008.

The locomotive carried the Olympic torch in 2012 in place of Flying Scotsman.

46115 was withdrawn from service in August 2017.

In 2018 a new inside cylinder was cast for the locomotive.

46115 remains main line certified and is normally based at Carnforth.

The locomotive returned to the main line at the end of July 2019 when it underwent a light test run. The loaded test run a few days later was cancelled but it did complete a loaded test run in August 2019 before working from Hellafield to Carlisle as pilot to Merchant Navy 35018 British India Line the following month.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
West Coast Railway Company – CarnforthOperationalWest Coast Railways Co
Early photo of 46115 Scots Guardsman
46115 Scots Guardsman arriving at Bangor – Circa 1938
46115 Scots Guardsman on Cricklewood shed – May 1963
46115 Scots Guardsman in Warrington Dallam shed – Early 1960s
46115 Scots Guardsman arriving on Perth shed – July 1965
46115 Scots Guardsman on Motherwell shed. It is thought that it had worked north on a relief train from Liverpool – August 1965
46115 Scots Guardsman on Carlisle Kingmoor shed. The Britannia is 70042 Lord Roberts. In front of 46115 is rebuilt Patriot 45530 Sr Frank Ree-January 1966
46115 Scots Guardsman at Haworth on the KWVR – September 1967
46115 Scots Guardsman at Dinting Railway Centre – 1969
46115 Scots Guardsman at Chinley Junction - October 1978.jpg
46115 Scots Guardsman at Chinley Junction – October 1978
46115 Scots Guardsman at Dinting - October 1978.jpg
46115 Scots Guardsman at Dinting – October 1978
46115 Scots Guardsman at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry – Late 1970s
46115 Scots Guardsman at Dinting Railway Centre – April 1980
46115 Scots Guardsman at Carnforth - July 2008.jpg
46115 Scots Guardsman at Carnforth – July 2008
46115 Scots Guardsman heads the Cotton Mills Express towards Chat Moss on the Liverpool – Manchester line – July 2010
46115 Scots Guardsman heads a train from Edinburugh to Inverness near Orton – April 2011
46115 Scots Guardsman at York – July 2013
46115 Scots Guardsman passes through Winwick on its way south – August 2015
46115 Scots Guardsman waiting at Preston to take over a train to Shrewsbury – March 2017
46115 Scots Guardsman heads towards Blackburn with the return Fellsman – August 2017
46115 Scots Guardsman at Hellifield during a test run from and back to Carnforth – August 2019

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