After undergoing a £4.2 million overhaul by the National railway Museum, the magnificent Flying Scotsman is back and it’s full steam ahead as it arrives at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Saturday, March 12, where it will be running journeys until Sunday 20 March 2016.
Flying Scotsman is the world’s most famous steam locomotive and was built in 1923, named after the already famous service that had been running from London to Edinburgh since 1862. It’s the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded reaching 100mph on November 30, 1934, which is the train’s highest recorded speed and its mileage is equivalent to going from Yorkshire to the moon and back again five times!
Chris Price, general manager of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said: “We are looking forward to being the first heritage railway in the country to welcome this prestigious locomotive fully decked out in its final colours.
“This record-breaking locomotive is probably one of the world’s most famous engines, and the only survivor out of a class of 78, making it very special.
“We’re understandably incredibly excited about Flying Scotsman arriving and I’m sure that many others will be too, although we do urge anyone wanting to take photographs to do so from a safe distance and refrain from straying onto the railway itself.
“After recent events, British Transport Police has confirmed that if people are seen trespassing on the tracks, they risk being brought before the courts, a fine of £1,000 and a criminal record.”
Visitors attending the event will have the chance to see the famous Flying Scotsman and also hop aboard a variety of other heritage trains to be taken on a memorable and enjoyable day through Yorkshire’s breathtaking and beautiful scenery.
They will be transported back to an era when magnificent steam engines ruled the railways; with services running daily between Whitby and Pickering from March 21 October 30.
For train enthusiasts, there are many exciting events to look forward to this year. This includes a Spring Steam Gala with special visiting steam locomotives, a Seventies and Diesel gala, combining live music and diesel locomotives, a Swinging Sixties Weekend and much more!
North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the most historic lines in the North of England, taking visitors on picturesque journeys along its own 18 mile line and a further six miles into the heart of Whitby, aboard steam and heritage diesel rains.
The railway passes through stunning scenery, from wooded valleys to beautiful countryside, stopping at charming villages and spectacular seaside locations.