LMS Royal Scot Class 6100 Royal Scot

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No.6100 Royal Scot at Llangollen

London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Royal Scot Class 6100 (British Railways' number 46100) Royal Scot is a preserved British steam locomotive.


The original 6100 was the first of its class, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. It was named Royal Scot after the Royal Scots.

In 1933, 6152 The King's Dragoon Guardsman and 6100 swapped identities permanently. 6152 had been built at Derby Works in 1930. The new Royal Scot was sent to the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933 and toured Canada and the United States with a train of typical LMS carriages.

It was given special commemorative plates that sit below its nameplates which read:

This locomotive with the Royal Scot train was exhibited at the Century of Progress
Exposition Chicago 1933, and made a tour of the Dominion of Canada and the United
States of America. The engine and train covered 11,194 miles over the railroads
of the North American continent and was inspected by 3,021,601 people.
W. Gilbertson - Driver T. Blackett - Fireman
J. Jackson - Fireman W.C. Woods - Fitter

6100 was renumbered 46100 by British Railways after nationalisation in 1948. In 1950 46100 was rebuilt with a 2A taper boiler, and the words "Prior to conversion" were added to its nameplates. It became a markedly different engine. In October 1962 46100 was withdrawn from service in Nottingham.


46100 was bought by Billy Butlin of Butlins holiday camps after withdrawal and after cosmetic restoration at Crewe Works, was set on a plinth at Skegness. It was painted in LMS crimson lake livery which, although the original livery received, the locomotive did not carry after being rebuilt (only one rebuilt Royal Scot ever carried LMS crimson lake livery and that was 6170 Royal British Legion).

6100 was towed from Crewe Works to Nottingham on 12 June 1963 by Black 5 No. 45038 and then from Nottingham to Boston by B1 No. 61177. It spent a few days at Boston shed before being taken to Skegness by an Ivatt 4MT, where the loco languished for 3 weeks in Skegness goods yard before being transferred to a Pickford's low loader for the short road trip to Ingoldmells. 6100 arrived in the Butlins complex on 18 July 1963 piped in by pipers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Scots.

6100 left Skegness for the Bressingham Steam Museum on 16 March 1971 and was returned to steam in 1972. It ran until 1978 when it became a static exhibit again. It was sold by Butlins to Bressingham in May 1989.

After sale to the Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust (RSL&GT) in April 2009, chaired by enthusiast Jeremy Hosking, it was moved by road to Pete Waterman's LNWR Heritage workshops in Crewe.[1] This made 6100 one of two preserved rebuilt Royal Scots, the other being 6115 Scots Guardsman.

On 20 March 2009, Royal Scot caught fire en route to a steam gala at the West Somerset Railway. The locomotive was being transported along the M5 Motorway when a fire started on the lorry under the loco's leading wheels.[2]


6100 is featured as a computer-controlled locomotive on Microsoft Train Simulator, which the players have no control over. However, this locomotive can be modded to be drivable in Microsoft Train Simulator.


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