Published 5th March 2012
BARROW HILL - The National Railway Museum has announced that Flying Scotsman’s overhaul will not be completed for the April Barrow Hill Roundhouse event.
The National Railway Museum had announced on October 27 last year that it’s World famous LNER steam locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman would be back in action in time for its Railfest event in June.
It was also guaranteed, as late as December last year by Steve Davies, that it would also appear at the Barrow Hill April ‘Big 4’ event. It seems that ‘the curse’ of Flying Scotsman has struck again and that it will be touch and go for Railfest, but would definitely now not be appearing at the Barrow Hill event in April. The NRM wish to continue working on the engine to ensure it would be back in action by June for Railfest and to carry the Olympic Torch.
The ‘Scotsman Curse’ has seen Alan Peglar, the man who purchased it from British Railways go bust after taking it to America. Pete Waterman and Sir William McAlpine have also owned the enginebut failed to make any money and had to sell it on. Another owner Tony Marchington, also lost his money after buying it, and he recently died at a relatively young age.
The National Railway Museum is very disappointed to announce that it will be unable to make Flying Scotsman available for ‘The Fab Four’ Steam Gala at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse. There is now a need to fabricate new Horn Ties for the driving wheel horn guides and this could not be achieved in time for the Barrow Hill event without compromising the high quality of the work undertaken so far, and would risk the locomotive not meeting its future commitments at Railfest and carrying the Olympic Torch.
Steve Davies, Director of the National Railway Museum, said: “We at the National Railway Museum are extremely saddened at the unavailability of Flying Scotsman for the Barrow Hill ‘Fab Four’ event. We have engaged with colleagues at Barrow Hill closely over recent months and hitherto confidence levels were high. But bringing the locomotive to working order in time for our deadline of Railfest and the Olympic Torch is my highest priority, and unfortunately I could not afford to risk not meeting these commitments.
We wish Mervyn Allcock and his team well, and I reinforce my commitment that Mallard, Green Arrow and Atlantic 251 will still attend. We look forward to Flying Scotsman visiting Barrow Hill at some future stage.”