Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks

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Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks

Postby Lancastrian » Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:00 am

One of the world's most iconic railway locomotives, the Flying Scotsman, is to take its first public test run under steam after a decade off the tracks.

The engine, which was retired from service in 1963, has been restored for York's National Railway Museum (NRM) in a shed in Bury, Greater Manchester.

Low-speed test runs begin later along the East Lancashire Railway (ELR).



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Postby Lancastrian » Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:44 pm

Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear! Where's the apple green, if that's the way it's going to stay, I think it looks terrible. :( :( :(
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Re: Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks

Postby senorsenales » Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:55 pm

I agree it is not the best, it is apparently the WW2 livery.

I just saw it on the BBC News at lunchtime and I thought I saw two different numbers on it ? - or three if you count the 60103 n the smokebox. I might have been mistaken but 502 was on the firemans side, and I thought I saw 103 on the drivers side.

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Postby Lancastrian » Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:03 pm

It is the WW2 livery, and it has used the following numbers over the years, 103, 502, 60103, 1472 and 4472
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Re: Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks

Postby David68 » Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:20 pm

Lancastrian wrote:It is the WW2 livery, and it has used the following numbers over the years, 103, 502, 60103, 1472 and 4472


That has answered my question. I was wondering why it was not green and numbered 4472

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Re: Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks

Postby jaym481 » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:48 pm

The article linked in the first post says it'll be painted the original Apple Green on 10 Feb.

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Postby Lancastrian » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:50 pm

jaym481 wrote:The article linked in the first post says it'll be painted the original Apple Green on 10 Feb.
Thanks I had missed that, I can sleep now. :D
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Postby jaym481 » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:51 pm

I should also add I've already booked my excursion!

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Postby flying scotsman123 » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:51 pm

Nope, it's going into BR brunswick green, the only authentic livery for its current condition. I'm sure we'll see apple green at some point though.

The wartime black is left over from its abortive return 10 years ago, so is getting on a bit now.
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Postby Lancastrian » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:53 pm

flying scotsman123 wrote:Nope, it's going into BR brunswick green, the only authentic livery for its current condition. I'm sure we'll see apple green at some point though.

The wartime black is left over from its abortive return 10 years ago, so is getting on a bit now.
That's OK for a while, I like Brunswick Green.
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Re: Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks

Postby markh » Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:21 pm

what i carnt get over is the hype, and news coverage, yes we know its the flying scotsman, but dont see news coverage when any other loco is broguth back to steam,

but there again 10 years and £4.2m later is a big deal,



also seeing a line from one news channel, about steam fans being in tears at seeing it please its not like its the last ever one to run



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Re: Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:52 pm

The name was chosen to be memorable, the reaction by public and media shows they chose well. It's probably the first loco name that most people in the UK think of, probably for many the only one they know.
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Re: Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks

Postby jaym481 » Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:51 pm

It toured America, and, I think, Australia, did it not? Certainly I'd think it's the best known locomotive outside the UK. Wasn't one of (if not the) the first preserved steamers to go back on the main line?

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Postby Lancastrian » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:50 am

jaym481 wrote:..... and, I think, Australia
Yrs, but I often wonder if Thomas the Tank is better known in the UK. :D
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Re: Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks

Postby senorsenales » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:47 am

It was one of a number of loco's with charisma back in the everyday use of steam on the main line.

I went on an Ian Allen Railtour back in 1959 (?) that was going to be hauled by City of Truro and Midland compound 1000. The compound failed the day before and Flying Scotsman was brought in as the substitute. They didn't have to, the tour started from Marylebone going to Doncaster Works via the Great Central. They could have substituted a Neasden A3 (or anything else for that matter) but we got Flying Scotsman.

I think it's the name confused by the public with the train which certainly had the glamour when it was introduced and it has transferred to the engine. Nevertheless in whatever guise it is great to see that elegant, laidback loco back on the rails, one of those one that look as if it is going fast even when standing still. Nige certainly had an eye when designing his loco's, sometimes frail looking combined with power and performance.


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