Come See the Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman has a special place in British hearts. Known around the world, this unique locomotive was saved for the nation by the National Railway Museum so future generations could enjoy this iconic steam locomotive for years to come.
The Flying Scotsman main line service began in 1862. The service would start with 10:00 departures from London Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverley and would take a whopping 10½ hours to complete.
The train holds a host of records, including being the first locomotive to complete a non-stop London to Edinburgh run and the first steam engine to reach 100mph in 1934. In 1989 a tour of Australia resulted in two new world records: The first for the longest non-stop run by a steam engine which was achieved by traveling 422 miles. The second was for becoming the first locomotive to circumnavigate the globe when traveling back to the UK via Cape Horn.
In 2004, the National Railway Museum saved train from being sold abroad. Since then, the NRM workshop team has been hard at work carrying out a full overhaul of the locomotive. This can be witnessed in the Museum’s workshop gallery where visitors can see the day-to-day workings of rail repair.
While the original is being restored, the East Coast rail company still runs the traditional London-Edinburgh 10 am route under the “Flying Scotsman” name. Thankfully, the trip now takes roughly 4 ½ hours.