MANCHESTER LOCOMOTIVE SOCIETY



A SHORT REVIEW OF THE SLS / MLS RAILTOURS


The Pennine Rail Tour Special


The earliest railtour, for which photographs exist in the MLS archives, appears to be this one which took place on the 5th May 1951 (Reporting No. C940). It was hauled throughout by Aspinall 2-4-2T no. 50865 of Southport shed and consisted of three open saloons which were part of the Southport Residential set.



The tour pauses at West Vale en route from Stainland to Greetland.




This is Stainland. The wonderful stock, painted in LMS livery, is shown to good effect in this view.

The tour commenced at Huddersfield at 2pm and visited the goods yards at Meltham, Kirkburton, and Newtown thence to Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden before re-tracing the route back to Huddersfield, arriving just after 7pm.



The railtour participants explore the environs of Newtown Goods Yard in Huddersfield. The fellow in the white overcoat doing the balancing act on the bridge girder would give todays health and safety executive palpitations!

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