Published: 9th February 2016
The National Railway Museum (NRM) owned steam locomotive, Flying Scotsman returns to regular service on Thursday 25 February 2016 on a train between London Kings Cross and York. This will be the engine’s first run in its British Rail Brunswick Green livery numbered 60103 and is likely to carry a senior Royal passenger. It had one outing in wartime black livery as No. 105 Flying Scotsman between Carnforth and Carlisle out via Shap and returning over Ribblehead viaduct.
It is now being repainted in its new BR Brunswick green livery, one that will be remembered by anyone over retirement age and will be seen on its latest inaugural run between London and York. It’s a landmark train to travel on and rail.co.uk looks at how to buy tickets and where you can see the engine this year on the main line. But before you book the first train, there are some things you need to know.
The train leaves Kings Cross at around 740am arriving at York at about 1230hrs. The train is diesel hauled on the return journey and a ticket costs £450 which does include full dinning each way. Steam Dreams is acting as ticket agent for the NRM and they can be reached by calling 01483 209888 between 9am until 5.30pm on weekdays. If you think that is expensive, the proposed Flying Scotsman train, an attempt at a non-stop Kings Cross to Edinburgh and return on New Year`s Eve 1999/2000 was originally priced at an eye-watering £2000 per person! The train did not run.
Tickets can also be booked via the Steam Dreams website at www.steamdreams.com and the company has been running steam services across UK since 2000 carrying tens of thousands of passengers on hundreds of trains. Passengers are seated in coaches with tables for 4 and tables for 2. You may be seated with other passengers.
For details of the decade long overhaul costing over £4 million to return Flying Scotsman to service, please visit http://www.rail.co.uk/rail-news/2016/flying-scotsman-returns-to-service/
There will be several other opportunities to travel behind the engine on the main line and Steam Dreams has arranged a trip between London and Edinburgh on Saturday 14 May returning on Tuesday 17 May. This of course is the route of ‘The Flying Scotsman’ train as opposed to the engine, often confused by the media.
The train departs Kings Cross mid-morning with a vintage diesel and travels to York from where No. 60103 will take the train into Scotland arriving at Edinburgh. The following day sees the famous engine travel on the newly opened Borders Railway or to cross the Forth Bridge. These special services will only be available for passengers from London but any unsold seats will become available for general sale in March.
The train returns to York behind Flying Scotsman and then diesel-hauled to Kings Cross on Tuesday 17 May for an early evening arrival.
Flying Scotsman again features on the main line on a Steam Dreams train from Chester to Paddington on June 8th as part of Steam Dreams’ celebration marking half a century since the last Cambrian Coast Express from London to Aberystwyth and Pwlhelli operated.
The four-day tour starts on Sunday 5 June from Paddington travelling to Shrewsbury by steam. Vintage diesels then haul the train through the remote Cambrian Mountains to Machynlleth and via Dovey Junction (one of the few UK stations without road access), and the coastal route over the famous Barmouth Trestle Bridge to Pwlhelli.
Passengers return on Wednesday 8 June when at Chester, Flying Scotsman hauls the train back to London via the scenic Marches Line through Hereford.
The engine will be on display at York after its first trip from London and will make its way to the NRM’s North Yard where it will remain on display until March 1st. The locomotive will be cleaned on March 2nd before it is taken inside the Great Hall to be displayed on the turntable.
The NRM 'has also arranged ‘Stunts, Speed and Style', an event running between 25 March and 8 May which is intended to illustrate the history of ‘Flying Scotsman’ – the train. This is intended to bring to life the story of the world-famous Flying Scotsman train running between London and Edinburgh since 1862. Four of the locomotives used on the train will be on display, Flying Scotsman, a pair of Great Northern Railway locomotives, Stirling Single (built in 1870) and Ivatt Atlantic (built in 1902) represent the Victorian origins of the service.
It was then nicknamed ‘The Flying Scotchman’ due to the notable speed and convenience of the direct link between the English and Scottish capitals. Finally Flying Scotsman symbolises the heyday of glamorous steam rail travel from the 1920s to the 1960s. From then, ‘Deltic’ Kings Own Yorkshire Infantry will show how this powerful diesel took over from the steam age chasing faster times in the 1970s.
The Deltic was the last locomotive to haul the service during this era and was based in the engine shed that is today the National Railway Museum's Warehouse.
Book your rail travel early to visit Kings Cross, Doncaster, York, Edinburgh and Chester. Trains will be busy to these places so book now before the rush!