Manchester Rail Travel Society
The Manchester Rail Travel Society owns LMS Jinty 47383.
A group of enthusiasts formed the Manchester Rail Travel Society (MRTS) in 1966 with the intention of acquiring a 'Jinty', the LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway standard shunting tank locomotive. To raise funds, the MRTS promoted a number of 'end of steam' rail tours, and also co-promoted four rail tours in conjunction with the emergent Severn Valley Railway Society. Two of the joint rail tours in 1968 were partly hauled by LMS Stanier 8F 48773, then still a BRBritish Rail or British Railways-owned locomotive. One tour also featured future SVRSevern Valley Railway 'Black Five' 45110.As a result of this relationship, 47383 became the 5th locomotive to join the SVRSevern Valley Railway, arriving by road from Blackwell A Winning Colliery in May 1968 some two years before the official opening.
List of rail tours organised by the MRTS
The following rail tours were organised by the MRTS. Links are included to tour details on Six Bells Junction.
|Date||Tour name||Route (steam only)||Notes||Web||SVRSevern Valley Railway News|
|12 Nov 1966||Three Counties Special||Round tour from Manchester||5 steam locos used including 47383 double headed.||SBJ|
|25 Mar 1967||Hants & Dorset Branch Flyer||Round tour from Southampton||4 steam locos used.||SBJ|
|28 Oct 1967||Preservation Special||Round tour from Stockport||MRTS/SVRSSevern Valley Railway Society, 4 steam locos used.||SBJ|
|25 Nov 1967||Lancs & Yorks Rambler / Mancunian||Round tour from Leeds||60019 Bittern||SBJ|
|20 Apr 1968||North West Tour||Stockport - Liverpool|| MRTS/SVRSSevern Valley Railway Society, 6 steam locos used.
45110 worked Stockport to Stalybridge double headed.
48773 worked Bolton-Stockport.
|27 Apr 1968||North West Tour||Stockport - Liverpool||SVRSSevern Valley Railway Society/MRTS, 6 steam locos used.||SBJ|
|28 Jul 1968||Farewell to B.R.British Rail or British Railways Steam||Round tour from Manchester Vic.|| SVRSSevern Valley Railway Society/MTRS, 6 steam locos used.
48773 worked Rose Grove to Manchester via Copy Pit
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book 9th Edition
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 11