A SHORT REVIEW OF THE SLS / MLS RAILTOURS
The Pennine Rail Tour Special
On 5th May 1951, the Manchester Locomotive Society and the
Stephenson Locomotive Society (North Western Area) jointly
ran the "Pennine_Railtour". It was an important date in MLS
history because it was the first to be organised by the two
Societies and the 3-coach train carried 140 passengers (of
whom 41 were actually MLS members) on its 60-mile journey
around the Huddersfield area. The tour train (Reporting No.
C940) travelled over five branches which had been
closed to passenger traffic: those to Meltham (picture
above), Kirkburton, the Newtown Goods line in Huddersfield,
then to Stainland and to Rishworth.
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.
It was hauled (and propelled in places) by ex~L&YR
2-4-2T No.50865 built at Horwich Works in January 1901,
allocated to Southport shed. The formation was of three open
saloons which were part of the Southport Residential set.
Above, 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 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!
The photographs are by Harold Bowtell, the MLS
representative on the organising committee for this
tour and many others.
The Mancunian, the MLS journal, issue no. 224 (2001)
included a detailed report on the tour and the lines it
traversed, as well as the traffic notice and cuttings
from the local press of the day. A PDF copy of the article
can be downloaded here.
Last update May 2019. Comments