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SRPS Railtours in 2019

Sir William McAlpine Memorial Charter from London to York on 11 January 2019
This special train commemorated Sir William McAlpine who was a major figure in many aspects of railway heritage including rescuing 60103 Flying Scotsman when it was impounded in the USA. For 42 years he was President of The Scottish Railway Preservation Society and helped the Society in many ways, so SRPS Railtours was honoured to provide the coaches and stewards for this special event. The train was organised by the National Railway Museum, Lady Judy McAlpine, DB-Cargo, Network Rail, LNER, SRPS Railtours and UK Railtours, who organised the ticket sales for the general public. The front two carriages were reserved for guests of Lady McAlpine.
The eleven-coach train was hauled from King's Cross to York by 60103 Flying Scotsman. The weather was fine and large numbers watched the train from stations along the route. At York there was a ceremony in the National Railway Museum where Lady McAlpine named electric locomotive 90 028 Sir William M cAlpine. After being posed for photographs with 60103 Flying Scotsman, 90 028 Sir William M cAlpine hauled the train back to King's Cross.

Charter from Edinburgh to Aberdeen on 14 March 2019
The Tornado Railtours ten coach train was hauled throughout by 60163 Tornado with 37 706 on the rear. The weather was bright and mostly sunny giving good views along route through Fife to Perth then along the east coast to Aberdeen. At Aberdeen 60163 became the first steam locomotive to use the recently re-installed turntable at Ferryhill. The train ran close to time throughout the day.

 

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