The internationally renowned steam engine Flying Scotsman is due to pass through London next week before heading just outside the capital for a week of special trips later in the year. East Grinstead, just 30 minutes from south London, is at the end of the Bluebell Railway, a line designed for steam trains from Sheffield Park.
The engine will return to the Bluebell Railroad for the second time in August. Budding train-watchers will have another chance to catch a glimpse of the Scot next week – when he departs London Victoria on Thursday March 17 for a trip to Canterbury.
Experience passengers will be able to explore the city for a day before returning to London, with breakfast and a two-course dinner provided. Originally built for the London and North Eastern Railway, it takes its name from its most famous journey, the Scotsman London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman train service.
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In November 1934 it became the first train to reach 100 mph. In 1989 it set the record for the longest non-stop journey by a steam locomotive, traveling 422 miles without stopping in Australia.
Geoff Mee, Chairman of Bluebell Railway Plc, said: “We are delighted to confirm that The Flying Scotsman is on track to visit us again.
“The latest event was a huge success, with many people coming from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the famous locomotive on the Bluebell tracks. We have exciting plans for this year’s visit – including the possibility of traveling behind Flying Scotsman on scheduled services and meal specials trains, so stay tuned for more information soon!”
The Flying Scotsman will operate non-stop return services between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead for five days from August 25-29. Visitors will also be able to view the locomotive on static display in Sheffield Park from August 17-24 and August 30-September 5.
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