Centenary plans unveiled in London for 60103 Flying Scotsman steam locomotive
The National Railway Museum invited RailAdvent today (October 14) to London King’s Cross to see the plans unveiled for the Flying Scotsman centenary.
2023 marks 100 years since the famous steam locomotive was built and a special year of events is planned.
The event was held at the famous London Terminus on its 170th anniversary.
In addition to the launch of the centenary celebrations, a new book was launched by Michael Murpurgo. Flying Scotsman and the Best Birthday Ever tells the story of Iris, who dreams of being a train conductor like her father, who drives Flying Scotsman.
A number of rail tours are planned for 2023, such as various Waverley tours from York to Carlisle, and various rail tours to Chester, Portsmouth, Salisbury and Great Yarmouth, to name a few.
What was also announced at the event was that Flying Scotsman will visit a number of heritage lines during its centenary.
The first is the previously announced Swanage Railway, which will take place from October 20 to November 6, 2022.
Then, between 1 and 25 March 2023, the A3 locomotive will head to the East Lancashire Railway.
From April 1-16, 2023 to be exact, he will be holding a special centenary festival at the National Railway Museum in York.
Staying in Yorkshire, the next Heritage Tour will take place at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, taking place May 1-24, 2023. You can see Flying Scotsman at KWVR on its previous tour below:
Continuing the celebrations, Flying Scotsman will then head to the Bluebell Railway, where it will be operated/displayed from August 14-31, 2023.
The current heritage tour schedule will culminate in another Centenary Festival at Locomotion in Shildon, which will run from October 20 to November 5, 2023.
Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum, said: “Flying Scotsman is one of the crown jewels of our world-class collection, so we are delighted to announce its centenary program at such an iconic location and at a such an auspicious date. . Flying Scotsman and King’s Cross Station have become associated with the London-Edinburgh route, beautifully illustrated in Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful story, Flying Scotsman and the Best Birthday Ever. The Centenary Calendar features a range of events from free static displays to rail tours, to ensure everyone across the country has the chance to experience the Flying Scotsman on this special anniversary.
Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail, Trustee of the Science Museum Group and Chairman of the National Railway Museum Advisory Board, added: “It’s great to have Flying Scotsman here to help us celebrate the 170th anniversary of King’s Station. Cross and launch its own 100th anniversary. party too. Since its opening all those years ago, King’s Cross has become an iconic London landmark, a backdrop for many historical and cultural events and, of course, has served millions of people traveling along the East Coast Main Line. Although an icon of the steam age, it has never looked better today and is perfectly suited to serve the railroad’s growth and sustainability goals as the government entrusted to us.
“King’s Cross and Flying Scotsman have a glorious history, and it’s important to look back and celebrate that, but we’re also reaching out to the next generation, both to travel by train and to be inspired by the engineering and technology.”
Jemima Wade, Principal of Argyle Primary School, added: “We are delighted to be among the first to see Flying Scotsman begin its centenary celebrations today. Seeing the locomotive up close and hearing a special reading by Michael Morpurgo – a favorite author for many of us – is a once in a lifetime experience. One that will stay with our first-graders for life and who, who knows, might even inspire future careers in engineering and railroading!
Stuart Gray, Chief Operating Officer of Riley & Son (E) Ltd, said: “Riley & Son (E) Ltd are proud to present ‘Flying Scotsman’ to the nation after a complete overhaul which will see it fit and ready to undertake a a range of exciting events across the country in its 100th year Putting the program together with our partners at the National Railway Museum and Railway Touring Company has taken a lot of work and we are delighted to share it with you all.
A number of Flying Scotsman videos and merchandise can be found on RailAdvent’s dedicated page at www.railadvent.co.uk/flying-scotsman
You can find more information about the currently confirmed journal at https://www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/flying-scotsman/centenary-programme
Many thanks to the National Railway Museum for inviting RailAdvent to King’s Cross today, you can see Flying Scotsman on display in the capital this weekend (15/16 October) – find out more here.
You can see the top selling 60103 Flying Scotsman products below: