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Flying Scotsman

Ray Clarke

Doncaster, United Kingdom

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Featured in “Transport” July 2013
Featured in *Runner up “Quality Art and Photography” 28 July 2010
Featured “49 with wheels group”

Taken at York Station, England

About Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman has a special place in the hearts of the public. Known around the world, this unique locomotive was saved for the nation by the National Railway Museum so future generations could enjoy this iconic locomotive in steam for years to come.

The Flying Scotsman main line service began in 1862. The service would start with 10:00 departures from London Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverley and would take 10½ hours to complete.

Built by the London North Eastern Railway, number 4472 Flying Scotsman was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and built at Doncaster works in 1923 at a cost of £7,944. In 1924 Flying Scotsman was handpicked by directors of LNER to act as a rolling advertisement for the Flying Scotsman service.

Flying Scotsman holds a host of records, including being the first locomotive to complete a non-stop London to Edinburgh run and the first steam engine to reach 100mph in 1934. Flying Scotsman also starred in the first ever full-length British feature film with sound, entitled ‘Flying Scotsman’.

In 1989 a tour of Australia resulted in two new world records for the locomotive. The first was for the longest non-stop run by a steam engine which was achieved by travelling 422 miles. The second was for becoming the first locomotive to circumnavigate the globe when travelling back to the UK via Cape Horn.

After the nationalisation of the rail network in 1948, Flying Scotsman continued to be in service until 1963 when she was bought by Alan Pegler who restored her as closely as possible to her original LNER livery. In 1973, following a financial crisis due to Alan’s financial backers pulling out, Bill McAlpine purchased the locomotive and continued to run Flying Scotsman for many years.

In 2004, the National Railway Museum saved the iconic locomotive from being sold abroad. The successful bid included £415,000 raised by the public and £365,000 donated by Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group, in addition to a £1.8m grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Since 2004 the NRM workshop team has been hard at work carrying out a full overhaul of the locomotive. This can be witnessed in the Museum’s workshop gallery where visitors can see the day to day workings of a real railway workshop.
Taken at York station just before leaving for Scarbrough. Taken with canon 10D adjustments in PS

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