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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.

The newly-named locomotive then moved to North Yard for a special photo opportunity with Flying Scotsman.

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.