Look Who Else Is Back!
‘The Flying Scotsman’ wasn’t just a dodgy King’s Cross strip-pub. It was a train built in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in 1923, and it soon became the star locomotive of the British railway system, pulling the first train to break the 100mph barrier in 1934.
This morning I awoke to the sound of a helicopter filming outside my bedroom window; the Flying Scotsman was leaving Kings Cross station just after 7.45am on the trip north to York.
The National Railway Museum in York bought the locomotive for 2.3 million in 2004 before work got under way on its restoration in 2006, and now it’s back, and will be touring around the country. All trips on it are now sold out and as far as I can see it won’t ever be in service, just in a museum, which is sad but necessary.
As for the other Flying Scotsman, see ‘London Gets An Old Pub Back’ in the blog.