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The Queen of Scots

This was an Anglo-Scottish Pullman working the route Glasgow-Edinburgh-Leeds Central-King's Cross and back using two opposing sets. In BR days, Peppercorn A1s from Copley Hill were to dominate the southern leg between Leeds and King's Cross. As usual, all the pictures are in chronological order. For the sake of completeness I have included the odd picture between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

BR period

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A4 No 60017 Flying Fox rolls into Wakefield Westgate with the Down "Queen of Scots". The date has been estimated as "c1949". The livery, with BRITISH RAILWAYS on the tender, would have been blue. Peppercorn A1s from Copley Hill were to take over both Up and Down workings to London and four of the locos had been delivered in 1948, a fifth in 1949, and several more in 1950, but on this occasion, a King's Cross loco was in charge. It looks like a Saturday with school-children stopped in their tracks as the train approaches. Photo: SLS.

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It's June 1950 and Gateshead's A2 60526 Sugar Palm still has its rimless chimney as it heads north near Darlington with the Down train. Gateshead and Heaton normally provided the locos between Newcastle and Leeds. Photo: Photomatic

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Heading south, Haymarket's A2/3 No 60519 Honeyway is passing Craigentinny with the Up "Queen of Scots". It was the solitary example at Haymarket and for a while was on this duty with other Pacifics. The loco received BR green livery in July 1950 and the picture may have been taken soon after. Haymarket locos normally ran as far as Newcastle. Photo: Photomatic.

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Another Haymarket Pacific, A3 N0 60100 Spearmint, has the up train on 3rd August 1951 near Burnmouth, on the last few miles in Scotland before crossing the border into England. The eight car formation that ran through to King's Cross shows well. Photo: E.R. Wethersett.

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A picture with a blank back featuring Peppercorn A1 No 60119 Patrick Stirling. It's a misty day but I think this is about a mile south of Copley Hill/Wortley South Junction. The loco is pretty clean and what looks like a 37B (Copley Hill) shed plate is being carried: Patrick Stirling was allocated there between 11/48 and 12/55. May I suggest "c1954"? Photo: Author's collection.

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Peppercorn A1 No 60130 Kestrel attacks the severe climb out of Leeds Central with the King's Cross bound "Queen of Scots" on Saturday 21st July 1956. This loco was moved around quite a bit and at the time it was allocated to Ardsley, coming to Copley Hill the following year. Clearly visible behind the tender are the two strengthening cars which only operated south of Leeds. Photo: B.K.B. Green.

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Copley Hill's Peppercorn A1 No 60123 H.A. Ivatt swings past Beeston Junction on the outskirts of Leeds with the Up "Queen of Scots" c1960. Again, the two extra cars are behind the tender, but the main train is one car short. Photo: Eric Treacy.

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The final phase with steam haulage had BR Mk.1 Pullman cars (except for the brake ends) and is seen passing Bishopbriggs on the outskirts of Glasgow on 20th May 1961. The loco was Haymarket's A3 No 60057 Ormonde. Photo: S. Rickard.

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To be continued...

Copley Hill engine shed: is here.

West Riding conurbation: is here.

Bradford to King's Cross portions: are here.

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