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Flying Scotsman 2019 Tour Dates Announced

National Railway Museum releases national touring schedule for steam engine No. 60103 Flying Scotsman.

World-famous steam locomotive Flying Scotsman will take to the tracks once again in 2019 visiting towns and cities across the UK to give railway enthusiasts and the public the chance to see this express locomotive in action.

Flying Scotsman will visit three heritage railways in England, beginning with Swanage Railway in Dorset and including the Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough and a third line to be confirmed later in the year.

The first chance to see Flying Scotsman will be at Swanage Railway on 22 March. Here the engine will take passengers on scenic round trips via the historic Corfe Castle. At Swanage Railway, Flying Scotsman will also be reunited with vintage Pullman observation carriage the Devon Belle* for the first time in almost 50 years.

This rare 1940s carriage accompanied Flying Scotsman during its ill-fated tour of the United States (1969-1972) and remained in San Francisco, before it was rescued by Swanage Railway volunteers in 2007.

The 2019 Flying Scotsman touring schedule will include new and established rail tours travelling across the UK from short trips around London and Surrey, to longer journeys into Scotland crossing the Forth Bridge, through the Welsh Marches and via the spectacular Settle and Carlisle railway line.  

For the first time in over a decade, the National Railway Museum will work with Northern Belle to offer passengers luxurious journeys from Crewe, Manchester and London Victoria. The departures will feature fine dining and onboard entertainment, with passengers travelling in luxurious Pullman style carriages originally restored by the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Company.

Since completion of its comprehensive overhaul by Riley & Son (E) Ltd in 2016, Flying Scotsman has been an ambassador for the National Railway Museum and for the UK’s railway heritage, visiting England, Scotland and Wales as well as travelling to Cornwall for the first time in 2018. 

The locomotive is currently undergoing routine winter maintenance at the National Railway Museum in York.** Maintenance is scheduled to be complete in the early spring.

Flying Scotsman’s first trip of the year, the ‘Scotsman Salute’, took place on 11 January as a special tribute to former owner Sir William McAlpine, who died last year. Sir William played an important role in rescuing the locomotive and successfully owned and operated it for 23 years. Thousands of people lined the route from London Kings Cross to York and attended a naming ceremony at the National Railway Museum to pay their respects.

Jim Lowe, Head of Operations at the National Railway Museum, said:

“I am pleased to announce Flying Scotsman’s touring schedule for 2019 which will once again give the public the opportunity to see this magnificent example of British engineering. The schedule will give people a truly memorable experience with a mix of exciting main line tours that will travel across the UK, as well as visits to preserved heritage railway lines.

“As ever, I would like to remind people wishing to see Flying Scotsman, to do so in safety and to ensure they do not trespass on the railway line.”

Colin Green, Director at Riley & Son (E) Ltd, said:

“Flying Scotsman is truly a special engine and after a successful operating tour in 2018, the famous engine still draws a crowd wherever it goes. We look forward to another successful year working in partnership with the National Railway Museum. I would also like to publicly thank my team who work very hard behind the scenes to make sure that Flying Scotsman is maintained and prepared ready for each journey.”

The National Railway Museum and Riley and Son (E) Ltd will work with tour promoters The Steam Dreams Rail Co., The Railway Touring Company, The Spirit of the Lakes, Northern Belle and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS).

Paul Roe, Locomotive Superintendent at Nene Valley Railway, said:

“We are pleased to announce that Flying Scotsman will return to the Nene Valley Railway in 2019 for public running. The locomotive will be in public service for three running days and we are also planning some special static days to get up close and personal to Flying Scotsman, tickets must be purchased in advancecheck our website for all details.”

Mick Gould, Swanage Railway Company Business Division Director, said:

"The trustees, directors, staff and dedicated volunteers of the Swanage Railway are delighted that the Railway has been successful in its bid to host Flying Scotsman. It will be the first time since 1969 that No. 60103 and the unique Pullman observation carriageknown as Car 14will operate together since they ran as a pair across the USA in 1969.” 

Jeanette Snape, Managing Director of Northern Belle said:

"We are thrilled, excited and feel very honoured, to feature Flying Scotsman in our 2019 schedule. Guests can look forward to embracing the golden age of steam in ultimate style and glamour. Under the care of our stewards, trained by the world renown British Butler Institute, fine dining, elegant entertainment and exquisite service comes as standard.”

David Buck, Owner of The Steam Dreams Rail Co. said:

“We are delighted to have secured some special itineraries with this famous engine for 2019, including the exciting prospect of a Highlands holiday with Flying Scotsman. To experience the journey double-headed with a fellow LNER engine, B1 Mayflower, will be a great prospect for all lovers of steam. This will be the first time the engines have teamed up since 1976 and promises to be a memorable experience for those on board.” 

Kelly Osborne, Managing Director of the Railway Touring Company said:

“Having celebrated our 21st year, we are delighted to be offering day trips in our 2019 programme with 60103 Flying Scotsman. This iconic locomotive continues to highlight the joy and pleasure involved with travelling behind a steam engine. Flying Scotsman will be with us for the final leg of our annual ‘Great Britain’ tour in May, providing a fantastic finale to this exciting nine-day steam adventure.”

Roger Haynes, Commercial Director, at SRPS Railtours, said:

"We are delighted that in May, Flying Scotsman will haul our Forth Circle steam specials which cross the iconic Forth Bridge and feature the Fife Coast and Stirling Castle along this scenic route around central Scotland."

Flying Scotsman will also make appearances later in the year at the National Railway Museum in York and at Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham.

The current operating schedule with details of how to book tickets is now live on the Flying Scotsman website. This will be updated throughout the year as there are a small number of additional tour dates to be confirmed.

When visiting heritage railway lines, Flying Scotsman will be available to ride behind on select operating days as well as being on display as a static exhibit. Dates of the visit to Swanage Railway will be 22 March – 10 April. Flying Scotsman will visit Nene Valley Railway in late Autumn and will visit the third heritage line in early Autumn.

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For more information, please contact Simon Baylis, PR & Communications Manager:
01904 686 299
simon.baylis@railwaymuseum.org.uk

*Devon Belle carriage available on certain dates / services

**Flying Scotsman will not be on public display during winter maintenance

 

About the National Railway Museum / Flying Scotsman

  • The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts more than 750,000 visitors per year
  • The museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon
  • Admission to the National Railway Museum is free, for more information visit: www.railwaymuseum.org.uk
  • Flying Scotsman was originally built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), emerging from the works on 24 February 1923 numbered 1472
  • The locomotive was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class
  • Flying Scotsman was the first steam locomotive to achieve an authenticated speed of 100mph and the first to undertake a non-stop run between Edinburgh and London
  • Visit www.flyingscotsman.org.uk for further information

 

About Riley & Son (E) Ltd

  • Based in Heywood, Lancashire, Riley & Son (E) Ltd offer a complete range of Locomotive and component overhaul, repair and replacement
  • Set up by Ian Riley in the early 1990s, the company was instrumental in bringing Flying Scotsman back into operating condition in 2016 and is responsible for operating and maintaining the locomotive
  • Visit www.rileysuk.com for further information 
  • Heritage railways wishing to hire Flying Scotsman in 2020 and beyond, should contact Riley & Son (E) Ltd at office@rileysuk.com

 

About Swanage Railway

  • The volunteer-led Swanage Railway is managed by registered charity the Swanage Railway Trust
  • Based in Dorset, the award-winning Swanage Railway carried more than 200,000 passengers during 2017
  • The Swanage Railway Trust has a national membership of some 4,000 people
  • Some 450 people regularly volunteer their services on the Swanage Railway in a variety of operational, maintenance and restoration roles
  • To find out more, visit www.swanagerailway.co.uk/ or call 01929 425 800

 

About Nene Valley Railway

  • Nene Valley Railway is a leading international steam attraction, based at Wansford Station, and covering the stations of Overton (for Ferry Meadows), Orton Mere, Yarwell Junction, and Peterborough
  • As both a living heritage railway, which is tended to by its loyal band of volunteers and a thriving attraction for the public to enjoy all year round. Nene Valley Railway offers the chance to experience the thrill of riding behind a steam engine, to learn about the railway’s history; and to explore the picturesque surroundings of the Nene Valley area
  • Tickets for a trip behind Flying Scotsman must be purchased in advance, visit https://nvr.org.uk for more details

 

About Northern Belle

  • The Northern Belle Vintage train offers 276 seats, all at first class standard with elegant fine dining on the rails. Widely regarded as one of Great Britain's finest vintage trains, the carriages were designed and built by the famous Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express company
  • Each Carriage is named after a British Castle or stately home and they are luxuriously decorated with beautiful wooden marquetry panels, stunning ceiling frescos, mosaic floors and plush upholstery. A champagne reception awaits, followed by a seven-course lunch or dinner with wine, coffee and petit fours
  • Relive the golden era of luxury rail from the 1920's and 30's when the famous belle trains offered exquisite dining whilst the Flying Scotsman pulls you through the British countryside
  • To book or to find out more, contact 01270 907 010 or visit www.northernbelle.co.uk

 

About Spirit of the Lakes / West Coast Railway

  • West Coast Railways are pleased to offer a series of tours for 2019 aboard our beautifully restored land cruise train, 'Spirit of the Lakes', which include a stylish Pullman service on board
  • West Coast Railways is an independent Train Operating Company and since 1998 has specialised in operating charter trains, both in its own right and on behalf of tour operators, along some of the UKs most famous and scenic routes and to many beautiful destinations
  • To book or find out more information, visit www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/spirit-of-the-lakes or call 0844 850 3137

 

About The Steam Dreams Rail Co.

  • Our first rail tour left London for Canterbury in 2000 and was an immediate success
  • Almost two decades later, the company is proud to be offering day trips to more than 35 different destinations and picking up passengers at over 100 stations across the UK every year
  • The Steam Dreams Rail Co. is now delighted to offer a number of multi-day tours around the British Isles as well as overseas tours to Ireland (2019), the USA (2020) and New Zealand (2021)
  • The company has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence every year since 2015 and was short-listed for Best Rail Holiday Provider in the inaugural Silver Travel Awards
  • Visit www.steamdreams.co.uk for more information

 

About the Railway Touring Company

  • The Railway Touring Company, established in 1997, has over 21 years’ experience in providing a variety of UK day trips by steam along with holidays in the UK, Europe and Worldwide
  • Day trips make exclusive use of a privately chartered train with joining stations from a number of locations across the country. Travelling through scenic countryside in style and with a choice of seating options, you can even enjoy the full dining experience all silver served at your seat. 
  • UK, European and worldwide holidays are available for a few days or more than a week in duration. With many holidays featuring privately chartered steam hauled excursions, along with excellent hotels, inclusive meals and the knowledge of an experienced tour manager throughout, there is something for everyone
  • To find out more or to book, please visit website www.railwaytouring.net or call 01553 661500

 

About SRPS Railtours

  • The first SRPS Railtours excursion ran in 1970 and we are Britain's longest established operator of scenic railway excursions
  • SRPS Railtours is a trading subsidiary of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, a registered charity, which operates the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway and the Museum of Scottish Railways
  • The SRPS Railtours carriages are owned by the SRPS and maintained by volunteers
  • SRPS Railtours are organised and staffed by volunteers - for further information, please visit our website at www.srpsrailtours.com