The iconic journey of The Flying Scotsman marked a significant milestone as it celebrated its 100th anniversary with a historic trip. Making a notable stop in Doncaster, Yorkshire, where its legacy began, the trip honored the roots of this historic train.
Known as the world’s most renowned steam locomotive, The Flying Scotsman has an illustrious history, appearing in movies, setting records, and touring globally. On the weekend of 11th and 12th November, in commemoration of its centenary, the locomotive embarked on a special journey that commenced from London, traversing the east coast of the UK towards Scotland.
The free event will allow the public to step on to the iconic 97-tonne engine’s footplate in the birthplace of the locomotive. Doncaster holds a rich history in locomotive manufacturing, with Doncaster Works producing thousands of locomotives and carriages. Dr. David Turner, a rail historian, emphasised the city’s pride in being the birthplace of The Flying Scotsman, acknowledging the contributions of its people to the railway heritage.
Mayor Ros Jones said: “Flying Scotsman was built here in Doncaster and means a great deal to local people. I am delighted we can now announce this wonderful weekend event so more people in Doncaster can appreciate the magnificence and history of this world-famous locomotive.”
Originally constructed in 1923 in Doncaster, UK, The Flying Scotsman served the London to Edinburgh East Coast Mainline under the LNER for four decades. Starting its service as locomotive number 1472, it was later designated as 4427 and named after the renowned London-Edinburgh route, following its exhibition at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924.
The locomotive’s appearance has evolved over time; while it’s famously recognized for its green color, during World War Two, it was painted black. There was also a brief period as a blue locomotive before reverting to the classic British Rail Green.
Notably, in 1934, The Flying Scotsman achieved a milestone by becoming the first locomotive to reach a speed of 100 miles per hour, significantly reducing travel time between London and Edinburgh.
Despite concluding its service on the East Coast Mainline in 1963, The Flying Scotsman’s legacy continued with various achievements. It broke distance records, engaged in races against boats and planes, and embarked on global tours, visiting the US, Canada, and Australia.
Furthermore, the locomotive had a stint pulling the Orient Express Pullman train, adding to its illustrious history and cementing its status as an iconic symbol of locomotive history. Find out more about it’s trip to the South Yorkshire city here.