'Flying Scotsman' returns to the East Lancs Railway

Date published: 13 May 2018

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The 'Flying Scotsman' returned to the East Lancs Railway on Saturday and Sunday (12-13 May) running between Heywood to Rawtenstall.

The Flying Scotsman, the first steam locomotive in the world to hit 100mph, was under steam for first time in over a decade in January 2016 and has returned to the East Lancs a number of times since.


Flying Scotsman


The engine, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, was built by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works in 1923, at a cost of £7,944.

It was named the Flying Scotsman after the London to Edinburgh service which started daily at 10am.

In 1928, it was redesigned with a new type of corridor which meant a new crew could take over without the train stopping - reducing journey times from London to Edinburgh by eight hours.

In 1934 it earned a place in the record books as the first steam locomotive to achieve an authenticated 100mph run.


Flying Scotsman returns to the East Lancs Railway
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