Don’t miss the chance to get up close to the fastest steam train of all time – the Flying Scotsman with National Holidays.
See this legendary feat of British engineering in all its splendour with National Holidays, which provide the unique chance to experience the coals fired up once again, step on the footplate and even climb on board the carriages for an exclusive journey.
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.
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