Steam locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman’s visit to East Sussex has been postponed

The National Railway Museum has confirmed that the Flying Scotsman’s visit to the Bluebell Railway in August has been postponed.

The LNER A3 was scheduled to visit this August between August 17 and September 5.

However, on overhaul, Riley & Son (E) Ltd found that the piston rings were faulty inside the cylinder and needed to be replaced.

This means that the review has been delayed for four to six weeks.

The NRM says it is confident the overhaul will be completed in time for the locomotive’s centenary celebrations and a visit to the Bluebell Railway will take place in 2023.

A spokesperson for the National Railway Museum said: ‘We can confirm that the planned appearance of Flying Scotsman at Bluebell Railway between August 17 and September 5 has been postponed. During overhaul, it was discovered that the Flying Scotsman’s piston rings had failed inside the cylinder and needed to be replaced. This unscheduled additional work means that new components must be manufactured, delivered and installed, which delays the overhaul by approximately 4-6 weeks.

“We apologize for the inconvenience to those affected and will work with Riley & Son (E) to rearrange the visit next year (2023). The refit will continue and we are confident that Flying Scotsman will be ready for the start of the centenary celebrations.

A Bluebell Railway spokesperson said: ‘It is with the greatest regret that we have to announce the postponement of the Flying Scotsman’s visit to Bluebell Railway in August.

The locomotive guards informed us that they had discovered a broken piston ring which had damaged the cylinder of the locomotive.

Despite the best efforts of Riley & Son (E) and the Bluebell Railway team, the ring cannot be replaced in time for the scheduled visit next month – this is partly due to chain delays global supply.

Jose P. Rogers