The Return of The Flying Scotsman

Posted: February 29, 2016 in Trains

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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