History of The Flying Scotsman
The legendary green locomotive, the 60103 Flying Scotsman is back on the track after a £4.2 million refurbishment.
Built in Doncaster and launched in 1923, the Scotsman is one of the most powerful locomotives to ever journey on Britain’s railways, a symbol of express travel which captured the nation’s hearts in much the same way as Concorde.
The Flying Scotsman enjoyed an illustrious career. In 1928 it grabbed the headlines for being the first train to run a non-stop service from London to Edinburgh in just eight hours. Six years later on a special test run it was the first steam train to reach 100mph.
The Scotsman was used extensively during the Second World War but was repainted black, which was a common theme with all railway stock.
The demise of steam powered trains saw the Scotsman eventually retired in 1963 and only run one-off journeys.
During its career the Flying Scotsman clocked up more than 2,000,000 miles. Needless to say the restoration of the ‘people’s engine’ required a bit more than a lick of paint, rather a complete overhaul during an extensive full scale restoration project.
As part of its renovation celebrations the Flying Scotsman has embarked on a nationwide touring of the country, with a number of different ways to see this iconic piece of British engineering.
On a number of selected dates you will be able enjoy a special ride on-board the carriages of the Scotsman at one the UK’s heritage railways.
Alternatively you can catch it on display at the National Railway Museum and Shildon Sheds to learn more about its history in detail at a free exhibition, stand on the footplate and take some great snaps of the engine during low steam.
You can join National Holidays at a number of events to see the famous green engine! Use the search tools available to find a trip featuring the Flying Scotsman to suit you.
To find your coach holiday or break on the Flying Scotsman simply use our Holiday Search above.