Steam locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman ready for 2022 visit to Swanage Railway

World famous locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman is due to visit the Swanage Railway in October.

Property of the National Railway Museum, the LNER A3 is scheduled for 19 days of visit from Wednesday October 19 to Sunday November 6, 2022.

The locomotive is currently being overhauled but the locomotive will haul passenger trains from Swanage to Corfe Castle and Norden for five days from Sunday 22nd October to Wednesday 26th October.

Flying Scotsman will then be on static display at Swanage on Thursday October 20 and Friday October 21, 2022 and from Thursday October 27 to Sunday November 6, 2022.

Swanage Railway welcomes Flying Scotsman // Credit: Andrew PM Wright

Swanage Railway’s volunteer business manager Marcus Alldrick said: ‘The dedicated directors, administrators, staff and volunteers of Swanage Railway are delighted that the railway has successfully welcomed back’ Flying Scotsman” which celebrates its centenary in February 2023. .

“We are extremely grateful to the National Railway Museum for once again giving the Swanage Railway the opportunity to host such a historic event to harness and display the famous ‘Flying Scotsman’ who is such a charismatic icon and celebrates his 100 years on February 24, 2023.

“It will be wonderful to admire #60103 carrying the unique Devon Belle Pullman Observation Carriage – known as Car 14 – as they operated in pairs across the United States between 1969 and 1972,” said explained Marcus, who is a volunteer porter on the popular Purbeck. heritage line.

Robert Patterson, Trustee of the Swanage Railway Trust and Chairman of the Swanage Railway Company, explained: ‘With uniformed attendants serving champagne and canapes to passengers on board the Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage, Car 14 will be coupled directly behind ‘Flying Scotsman’. when hauling trains on the Swanage Railway.

“It will give Pullman passengers a rare chance to enjoy the pleasures of traveling in style behind and watch the world’s most famous steam locomotive as it winds through the beautiful countryside of Purbeck and past the historic ruins of Purbeck Castle. corf.

“’Flying Scotsman’ visited Swanage Railway in March 2019, and the reaction from the public seeing and hearing the charismatic steam leviathan at work was incredible and proved that the iconic locomotive still has a special place in the people’s hearts,” added Bob, who is also a volunteer. station porter on the Swanage Railway.

Jose P. Rogers