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In this special event, a Class 90 locomotive was named in honour of the man who rescued Flying Scotsman from the USA.

To commemorate Sir William McAlpine’s life and work, Great Hall played host to a ceremony in which a Class 90 locomotive was unveiled bearing the railway preservationist’s name.


14.00  Class 90 locomotive naming ceremony in Great Hall
14.30  Class 90 moved to North Yard for a photo opportunity
with Flying Scotsman (photography was permitted from behind the barriers in the North Yard car park while the shunt took place)
15.00  Class 90 departed to haul train back to London
Until 17.00 Flying Scotsman in North Yard

Please take care and follow any instructions from museum staff when in North Yard, as it is an operational area.

About Sir William McAlpine

In 1973, McAlpine brought Flying Scotsman back to the UK after its adventures in the USA ran out of steam. Over the ensuing 23 years of Sir William’s ownership, Flying Scotman was restored twice and enjoyed a successful trip to Australia, making it the first steam locomotive to circumnavigate the globe.

You can read more about the locomotive's history on our Flying Scotsman website.