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With Flying Scotsman back in the news again, here's a reminder of one of its duties from over fifty years ago.

No 4472 is pictured at Manchester Central prior to departure with the 'SLS/MLS Great Central Rail Tour' which took place on 18th April 1964. The special ran to London Marylebone returning back to Manchester Piccadilly. The first stage of its journey took it through Woodhead Tunnel by way of the South District Line. Assistance through the tunnel was provided by E26001 on the outward journey. Scotsman came off the train at Penistone on the return trip and E26052 'Nestor' completed the journey to Piccadilly.

We publish a bi-monthly magazine, ‘The Mancunian’, which contains interesting and informative articles submitted mainly by members covering a variety of interests such the history of locomotives and lines, current events as well as personal reminiscences of the past. The success of this magazine is reflected by the number of ‘out of town members’ that we have and the lively correspondence it generates.
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This page was last updated in January 2016.