Historic steam train to visit Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby stations

Bob Bullock and Peter Hanson, originally from Kettering and who work for the West Coast Railway Company, with the Royal Scot Class Scots Guardsman which will visit Northamptonshire this weekend
Bob Bullock and Peter Hanson, originally from Kettering and who work for the West Coast Railway Company, with the Royal Scot Class Scots Guardsman which will visit Northamptonshire this weekend
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An historic steam train will puff its way through Northamptonshire this weekend.

The Robin Hood, hauled by steam locomotive 46115 Scots Guardsman, on Sunday, November 9, as part of the first such journey to leave St Pancras since the London station’s 2007 redevelopment.

The ex-London, Midland and Scottish Railway Royal Scot class engine passes through Wellingborough at 11.23am and Corby at 12.06pm.

It is also due to stop in Kettering between 11.36am and 11.52am to take on water.

Among those who are part of the train’s crew are two men originally from Kettering, Peter Hanson and Bob Bullock.

Mr Bullock was a cleaner and fireman at Kettering loco shed from 1961 until its closure in 1965. He served in the police from 1970 until 2000, based in Kettering.

Mr Hanson joined the police in 1969 serving at various times in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and Northampton retiring in 1999.

His father was a steam engine driver based in Kettering.

Mr Hanson said: “This class of locomotive was a regular performer on the Midland Main Line during steam days hauling passenger trains.”

Its journeys operated by Railway Touring Company, the engine is one of only two preserved Royal Scots in use, and in 2012 it carried the Olympic torch.