The famous "Flying Scotman", the first railway engine to achieve an official 100 miles an hour (160 kAH) in Britain, went into private service on Saturday (14 July) with an informal send-off from the Derby (UK) of British Rail Engineering by British Rail's Chairman, Mr.
The famous "Flying Scotman", the first railway engine to achieve an official 100 miles an hour (160 kAH) in Britain, went into private service on Saturday (14 July) with an informal send-off from the Derby (UK) of British Rail Engineering by British Rail's Chairman, Mr. Richard Marsh.
The "Flying Scotsman" came home to Britain in February this year after four years in the United States where it was hauled the "Made in Britain" exhibition. When that venture was hit by financial problems, the locomotive was bought by Mr. W.H. McAlpine for his Flying Scotsman Enterprises.
On Saturday, it was a gleaming "Flying Scotsman" that rolled hissing and snorting up to the crowded platform to be recommissioned by the traditional bottle of champagne, cut loose by Mr. Marsh... who then took a short ride on the footplate of the 1923 engine. It's been repaired, refitted and repainted in the original apple green livery, and before it left the Derby workyards, it was on display to the public.
Its new home will be the Dart Valley Railway in Paignton, where it'll become a tourist attraction during the summer. Eventually, "Flying Scotsman" will go on display at the National Railway Museum in York, and it will be available for private charter on the 750 miles of track available for steam trains.
SYNOPSIS: At Derby on Saturday, one of the world's most famous locomotives breathed and wheezed new life. The "Flying Scotsman built in nineteen-twenty-three, and the first British locomotive to travel at an official one hundred miles an hour, is ready to go into service again.
The "Flying Scotsman" came from its financially-tough four years in the United States in February to its new owner, Mr. W. McAlpine, owner of Flying Scotsman Enterprises.
It's been repainted, repaired and refitted, and in front of a crowd of enthusiasts on Saturday, it was recommissioned with the traditional champagne by British Rail Chairman, Richard Marsh.
For good measure, Mr. Marsh rode the footplate of the Flying Scotsman before it was opened for the day to the public. Until the end of Summer, the famous old engine will join the Dart Valley railway in Paignton as a tourist attraction. After that, it goes to the York National Railway Museum, and it'll also be available for private charter around Britain.