Manchester Rail Travel Society

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47383 at Highley

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[1]

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

See also

List of preservation groups


  1. 1.01.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book 9th Edition
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 11