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Flying Scotsman Returns!

Posted: February 29, 2016 in Trains
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Loco Yard

Today, the world’s most famous steam locomotive, Flying Scotsman, has returned to Steam, at the tune of a £4.2m overhaul, taking 10 years in the process. While I was not able to attend today’s celebrations, as a railway enthusiast and historian, it is a remarkable achievement that the locomotive is finally operational.

The locomotive was built in 1923, as an A1 locomotive, numbered 1472, under the Great Northern Railway (GNR), due to the LNER not yet decided on a system wide numbering scheme.  It soon became the flagship for the LNER, representing it at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembly, in 1924 and 1925. In February, before the event, it was given the number 4472, and named Flying Scotsman.

The modified value gear allowed the locomotive to the haul the famous Flying Scotsman train service, from London to Edinburgh, with it hauling the inaugural train on 1st May 1928. Here…

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An Ol’ Scotsman

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Stephen G Hipperson

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Probably the last time I’ll see this old ‘un on a real track under full steam.

—Stephen—

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The Return of The Flying Scotsman

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Stephen Liddell

The Flying Scotsman is one of the most famous names in locomotion and with a history as grand as its reputation.  The Flying Scotsman is an express passenger train service that has run the 392 miles between London and Edinburgh since 1862 and which continues to this day.   Of course, a number of trains have had the honour of running this great route but there is one train in particular which has long since captured the  LNER Class A3 Pacific steam locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman.

Constructed by Great Northern Railway (GNR), Flying Scotsman was completed in 1923 and exhibited at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924 and 1925.  In 1928, Flying Scotsman made the inaugural run of the non-stop service from London to Edinburgh.

The revolutionary design of the Flying Scotsman meant that for the first time it was possible to travel this great distance without stopping.  For one thing, it…

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In celebration of Flying Scotsman

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Passing through Doncaster By Linn Rafferty (Linn Rafferty Feb 2016 with permission) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Passing through Doncaster By Linn Rafferty (Linn Rafferty Feb 2016 with permission) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Last week saw the return to active service of the Flying Scotsman. I didn’t have the opportunity to see this wonderful sight but in celebration will be reblogging today some accounts of those who did.

Flying Scotsman arriving at York

Flying Scotsman arriving at York. Photo by Dave Page (https://www.flickr.com/photos/railwaydave/)