London & North Eastern Railway 4-6-2 No. 60103 (4472) 'Flying Scotsman'
York, Yorkshire, UK
Location: National Railway Museum
Status: Operational
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Posted: Nov 5, 2020 @ 09:11:06 by Russell Newman
The worlds most famous steam locomotive LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 "Flying Scotsman" will be at the East Lancashire Railway again for a series of passenger trains there in 2021. "Flying Scotsman" will be visiting the line from the 2nd April until the 6th April 2021.
Posted: Sep 2, 2020 @ 14:09:47 by Russell Newman
No. 60103 "Flying Scotsman" will visit the Mid-Norfolk Railway in October 2021 which was meant to visit this year but was put off due to Covid 19. This will be the first ever visit by the worlds most famous steam locomotive to the East Anglian heritage line then.
Posted: Aug 25, 2020 @ 13:08:19 by Russell Newman
LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 "Flying Scotsman" is having work being carried out at the East Lancashire Railway as she is having new tires fitted to her driving wheels and a piston and valve exam. When completed the worlds most famous steam locomotive should be ready for the festive season and the 2021 season on the mainline and heritage railway circuit.
Posted: Feb 7, 2020 @ 13:02:02 by Russell Newman
The world famous LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 "Flying Scotsman" will be making its very first visit to the Mid-Norfolk Railway for the first time this Autumn from September 29th to October 21st 2020 as part the 25th anniversary of the Mid-Norfolk Railway this year.
Posted: Dec 5, 2019 @ 14:12:35 by Russell Newman
No. 60103 "Flying Scotsman" will visit the Mid-Hants Railway from the 29th of February to the 7th of March 2020. Which this will be the first time that the Worlds Most Famous Steam Locomotive has visited the Mid-Hants line.
Posted: Nov 30, 2019 @ 09:11:05 by Russell Newman
LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 "Flying Scotsman" is set to return to the East Lancashire Railway again for a series of visits in 2020. "Scotsman" will be operating their during the 8th to 10th of May and the 26th and 27th of September next year allowing members of the public and fans to ride with the most famous steam locomotive in the world.
Posted: Nov 8, 2019 @ 10:11:37 by Russell Newman
No. 60103 "Flying Scotsman" the most famous steam locomotive in the world is heading to the East Lancashire Railway for the Winter as a base for some festive Railtours over the Settle and Carlisle Railway over Christmas and winter maintenance for the 2020 season.
Posted: Jul 28, 2019 @ 10:07:31 by Russell Newman
LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 "Flying Scotsman" the most famous steam locomotive in the world will also be part of the celebrated launch of the new Class 800s Azuma trains on the 30th of July 2019 with a special meeting at Darlington Station.
Posted: Jan 22, 2019 @ 09:01:22 by Russell Newman
Following its successful visit last year "Flying Scotsman" is to make another visit to the Nene Valley Railway again in the late summer and early autumn of 2019.
Posted: Jan 18, 2019 @ 05:01:47 by Russell Newman
The world famous "Flying Scotsman" is to visit the Swanage Railway in Dorset for the first time in 25 years after its last visit there. For a weeks stay hauling trains there from the 22nd to the 26th of March 2019.
Posted: Feb 6, 2018 @ 17:02:18 by Russell Newman
Just to add Scotsman will just be on display on the 10th and 11th March as there is no Gala my mistake sorry.
Posted: Feb 6, 2018 @ 10:02:30 by Russell Newman
It has been confirmed that the National Railway Museum has signed a six-year contract with engineering firm Riley & Son (E) Ltd to continue operating and maintaining the most famous steam locomotive in the world No. 60103 Flying Scotsman for the next six years. "Flying Scotsman" will be under the custodianship of Ian Riley until 2024. The locomotive has a busy year out on the mainline with railtours across the UK and will be on display at the East Lancashire Railway at there Spring Steam Gala on the weekend of 10/11 March and the Easter weekend as well. It will return to the East Lancashire Railway for some runs there in July and August/September. Also the Legendry A3 will visit the Nene Valley Railway later in the year.
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 @ 12:12:43 by Russell Newman
LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 "Flying Scotsman" is to remain under the custodianship of Riley & Son (E) Ltd, following a comprehensive tender process by the National Railway Museum. Riley & Sons now have the contract for operating and maintaining the most famous steam locomotive in the world and details on its operating schedule for 2018 will be announced in the New Year.
Posted: Mar 21, 2017 @ 13:03:15 by Russell Newman
The worlds most famous steam locomotive No. 60103 or 4472 "Flying Scotsman" is to make history on the East Coast Mainline on April the 23rd. When it will be part of four trains spanning four generations of ECML motive power running side-by-side, in the same direction, for the first time ever. "Scotsman" will run along side a Virgin Trains Class 43 HST 125, a Class 91, and the train operating companys newest train: an Hitachi Class 800, which is due to enter service next year. This will all take place between Tollerton Junction, six miles north of York, before heading towards the city in a staggered formation at 20-25mph. This will be a once in a life time event well worth seeing and photographing.
Posted: Mar 3, 2016 @ 16:03:10 by Steve Frost
Well, after ten years and £4.2 Million spent, the loco is back - and running again. Not without teething troubles, which is hardly surprising after the amount of work that has been done.

It has been turned out as near as possible to match its appearance in its final years on British Railways. Hence it carries the BR emblem, number and green express passenger livery. It also has the late modifications that made such a difference to these locos' performance - the double Kylchap exhaust and the Witte type smoke deflectors.

It has already made some revenue earning runs including a one way run from London to York with the eye watering fare of £450 (Its only £49 on an ordinary train)! Is it worth it? You decide, but the train was reported to be a sell out, if that tells you anything.

Posted: Jan 10, 2016 @ 06:01:44 by Russell Newman
Flying Scotsman is now back in service and is currently being run in at the East Lancashire Railway and will take to the mainline at the end of this month before going on tour around the UK.
Posted: Oct 28, 2015 @ 18:10:45 by Russell Newman
Work on Flying Scotsman should be completed round the end of the year and the locomotive will tested in early 2016.
Posted: Oct 6, 2015 @ 11:10:27 by Steve Frost
Well, the hope of it running in 2015 has faded, and, maybe we'll see it in 2016. Perhaps.
Posted: Feb 3, 2015 @ 17:02:00 by Russell Newman
Flying Scotsman will steam again later in the year and will be painted BR Green as 60103 again.
Posted: Nov 5, 2013 @ 15:11:33 by Steve Frost
The sad saga continues. The loco chassis is now back at Bury for assessment, the boiler, tender and a collection of mechanical parts remain in York.

Engineering reports on the loco suggest that the middle cylinder is mis-aligned and other work on the frame of the loco is required before there is any chance of reassembly and a return to the main line. A contract for the work will, probably be let once the assessment is complete.

Meanwhile the debate over the best thing to do about the loco will probably continue for some time yet.

Posted: Aug 23, 2012 @ 14:08:47 by Steve Frost
The 'Scotsman' is still in the workshop. All three valves are out, the safety valves aren't mounted and it looks like the Gresley conjugated valve gear for the middle cylinder is out, too. The main steam pipes were not connected either. No coupling or connecting rods connected and the bogie was out and being worked on with a big hammer.

Work was proceeding on pipework for the lubrication system, but when it will be finished is unknown. The saga continues!

Posted: Aug 9, 2011 @ 12:08:03 by Steve Frost
Despite having appeared at the National Railway Museum with the prolonged overhaul apparently completed, a return to Bury for running in produced yet more problems.

This time it's the horn blocks that have cracks in them which will mean dismantling once more to remove the wheel sets so that a solution can be found. More expense.

A letter into the 'Railway Magazine' suggests that the time may be coming when its future is as a static exhibit only. Let's hope not, but the curse of the Scotsman continues. A bottomless pit that absorbs money like little else.

Posted: Jul 6, 2011 @ 12:07:14 by Steve Frost
The loco is complete and is in war time livery of plain black with the number 103 on one side and 502 on the other. It is back at Bury for final sorting out before returning to York for display in August and a return to the main line in September 2011.
Posted: Jan 11, 2011 @ 14:01:43 by Steve Frost
Now back at York after going to Bury to have air brake equipment fitted to the frames. When the wheels return from Tyseley it should be re wheeled and, if all goes well it will be displayed in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum, perhaps by May. A return to steam is hoped for by the summer of 2011.
Posted: Mar 6, 2006 @ 19:03:45 by Sam

It is said that the overhaul will take about 18 months.

Posted: Feb 23, 2006 @ 08:02:17 by Sam
Flying Scotsman is in another overhaul, but this one might take longer.
Posted: Nov 22, 2005 @ 16:11:54 by Steve Frost
The loco's German style smoke deflectors have been an issue. As they weren't fitted when the loco was in LNER ownership, being a late addition in BR days, they don't go with the apple green livery. The NRM removed them earlier in 2005 to see if they made a difference - and they do work it seems, so they've been re fitted - unauthentic with this paint or not!
Posted: Oct 11, 2004 @ 07:10:21 by Steve Frost
Now firmly based at the National Railway Museum in York. has hauled excursions to Scarborough in the summer of 2004, with some failures, when Class 47 diesels covered. Briefly appearing at the new 'Locomotion' exhibition at Shildon in September, then off for an overhaul. 
Posted: Jul 23, 2004 @ 14:07:28 by craig smith

The Flying Scotsman is one of the most famous locomotives in the world. In 1969 - 1971 the 4472 took a tour in the U.S.A. at Green Bay, Wi. The U.S. made a few changes on the engine. They gave it a American headlight , a bell, and knuckle-like couplers to make it look like an American engine. In 1987 - 1988 when it took a tour in Australia they didn't make any changes on the engine like Americans did. Now the Flying Scotsman flys along the track like it did when the 4472 gots its name


Posted: Apr 7, 2004 @ 13:04:08 by Steve Frost
The loco is now to become part of the National Railway Museum's collection after a successful bid to buy it from the current owners, who were in financial difficulties. Backed by public donations, Virgin Trains chief Richard Branson and Heritage Lottery funding, the loco's future now looks assured, after many patchy years.
Posted: Jun 2, 2003 @ 08:06:39 by Steve Frost
Is this the World's most famous locomotive? Feel free to argue, but this one's history has filled books. Gresley's A1 pacific design for the Great Northern Railway, was built in 1923 as No 1472, then renumbered 4472 by the LNER. It was cut down slightly to fit all regions of the LNER with tighter loading gauges. Later rebuilt as class A3, it achieved fame hauling the non stop train of the same name as the loco.

Its exploits didn't end there, it was preserved directly by Alan Pegler, and hauled many steam specials, before going on tour in the USA. Here, it bankrupted Alan, but was stored on a US Army base in California, before rescue and return to the UK. Subsequent foreign trips took it to Australia, before return to Southall depot in UK, where it was stripped for a rebuild, and was bought in this condition by Tony Marchington, who rebuilt it, at great expense, to main line standard, in its early 1960's form with 'German' smoke deflectors.

Presently, it is back to LNER green and No 4472 as illustrated. The first album photo was taken in the yard at York MPD, as you can see by the Class 40 diesel in the background, it was some time ago.