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Flying Scotsman is known as the most famous steam locomotive in the world. There are few people have not heard of this magnificent machine, but far fewer know the complicated story of how Flying Scotsman became a National Treasure. Illustrated by evocative footage of the engine working on the British railway network in various guises, this programme traces the story from the time when the locomotive returned from Australia after achieving its most recent record - the world s longest non-stop run behind steam - up to its acquisition by the nation and the National Railway Museum at York. In this programme we see Flying Scotsman with single and double-chimney fittings, German smoke deflectors and LNER Apple Greene and British Railways Brunswick Green liveries, working from Carnforth in the North to Salisbury in the South, as well as on the Ride the Legend excursions to Scarborough.


The LNER Class A3 Pacific steam locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman (originally No. 1472) was built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of H.N. Gresley. It was employed on long-distance express trains notably on the 10am London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman train service after which it was named. Flying Scotsman certainly had claims to fame from the early years of its main line career, but it was 1963 when it really started to hit the headlines after it had retired. This might not have happened had the engine not had such a memorable name. Now, of course, its ongoing 40 years of fame (if not fortune) has earned it a place in the National Railway Museum collection and the title of the world s most famous steam train. This gloriously illustrated little book looks back at the history of the Flying Scotsman.

DVD Info

Running Time: 55 minutes
Book: 144 pages

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