LMS Royal Scot Class 6115 Scots Guardsman

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46115 Scots Guardsman hauling the Scarborough Spa Express

London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Royal Scot Class 6115 (later 46115) Scots Guardsman is a preserved British steam locomotive.

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6115 was built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company in 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 It was renumbered 46115 by British Railways in 1948 and was withdrawn in 1965.

Scots Guardsman is one of two preserved Royal Scots, the other being LMS Royal Scot Class 6100 Royal Scot.

46115 was purchased by the West Coast Railway Company and in 2008, it was restored to main-line running standard. Her first test run from Carnforth to Hellifield was completed on 20 June 2008. The loco was then moved back into the depot at Steamtown and repainted BR Brunswick Green, appearing in this livery at the Steamtown Open Weekend on 26/27 July 2008. The loco then hauled its first railtour called 'The Settle-Carlisle Venturer' from Hellifield to Carlisle and return on 16 August 2008.

The loco ran as a special for the centenary of the Girl Guides on 6 September 2009 between Liverpool and York under the temporary name of The Girl Guide.

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

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