Manchester Rail Travel Society

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 LMS 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 BR-owned locomotive.[2] One tour also featured future SVR 'Black Five' 45110.

As a result of this relationship, 47383 became the 5th locomotive to join the SVR, 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 SVR 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/SVRS, 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/SVRS, 6 steam locos used.
45110 worked Stockport to Stalybridge double headed.
48773 worked Bolton-Stockport.
27 Apr 1968 North West Tour Stockport - Liverpool SVRS/MRTS, 6 steam locos used. SBJ
28 Jul 1968 Farewell to B.R. Steam Round tour from Manchester Vic. SVRS/MTRS, 6 steam locos used.
48773 worked Rose Grove to Manchester via Copy Pit

See also


  1. 1.01.1 SVR Stock Book 9th Edition
  2. SVR News 11