Issue Date: 25/02/2016
Issue Name: Flying Scotsman - Inaugural Run
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The Flying Scotsman makes its journey from London to the National Railway Museum in York this week following a £4.2 million restoration that has seen its traditional black paintwork be revamped in racing green. You can watch the final stages of Scotsman's restoration - Heritage Painting applying the BR Green livery ahead of its Inaugural Run - in the short film clip below courtesy of the National Railway Museum. It's the first time Flying Scotsman has been "on the rails" since the 1960’s when it was withdrawn by British Rail.
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More About The Flying Scotsman
The locomotive was originally built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), emerging from the works on 24 February 1923 and initially numbered 1472. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class.
During its life Scotsman set two world records, narrowly escaped being scrapped by British Rail, passed into private ownership, changing hands on several occasions and has undergone several restoration projects before being bought by the National Railway Museum in 2004 where it remains part of their collection.
In January 2006, Flying Scotsman entered the Museum’s workshops for a major overhaul to return it to Gresley’s original specification, a project that would take 10 years to complete. 2016 will see Flying Scotsman return to the rails in a series of events to mark this historic occasion.
From January Flying Scotsman will be building up its mileage on both heritage and main lines in its black undercoat. In February it will make its Inaugural Run between London Kings Cross and York in its new BR green livery. From here the newly restored loco will be on public display for the first time.
The locomotive will take part in various events on the rails throughout the season. A free exhibition at the National Railway Museum explores the history of the famous locomotive. Between March and June the Stunts, Speed and Style exhibition will see Scotsman star alongside 3 other locomotives looking at the history of London to Edinburgh travel from its early days in the 19th century to the present day.
In July Flying Scotsman appears at Locomotion: Shildon where it will appear in light steam daily on the events apron with accompanying locomotives.
Once Flying Scotsman’s restoration is complete, it will be back hauling mainline railtours, steaming proudly into the 21st century.
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Dr Alex Langlands is a British archaelogist, lecturer and historian with degrees from the University College London, and PHDs from the University of Winchester. Also known for presentng historical programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, he is co-presenter on the BBC2 programme Full Steam Ahead.