Railway Quiz to Win a Family Ticket to Visit The Flying Scotsman at Didcot – the Answers

The Didcot Railway Centre invites you to visit the Flying Scotsman, arguably the most famous steam engine in the world, over the Bank Holiday Weekend, 26 to 28 August 2017. Further information can be found below the quiz.

Win a free family ticket in our Railway Quiz

To be in the frame for getting a free ticket for this event, all you need to do is answer the six questions below and email us your answers. All  correct entries will be entered in a draw with the winner receiving a family ticket (for two adults and two children) worth £60.

The quiz has now closed and the answers are supplied below. Well done everyone who entered. First out of the hat of the correct answers was Annabel Bailey of Great Shefford who scoops the family ticket. Congratulations to all.

1. Who designed the Flying Scotsman locomotive? Sir Nigel Gresley
2. What is 305 miles long? The main line from Paddington to Penzance (a number of other things are probably this length too but that was the answer we were after).
3. What is William Huskisson famous for? For being the first railway fatality, during the opening of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1830: standing on the tracks and shaking hands with the Duke of Wellington he failed to notice Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’ coming towards him.
4. According to Gladys Knight and the Pips, where was ‘the midnight train’ going to? Georgia.
5. Who wrote The Old Patagonian Express? Paul Theroux.
6. Which is the busiest UK railway station by passenger numbers? London Waterloo (another connection with the Duke of Wellington) which was used by over 99 million passengers (or ‘customers’ as they now have to be called) in 2016.

How to Enter
Please email your answers to with the subject ‘Flying Scotsman’.
Entry deadline: 6pm Tuesday 15 August.

Visit the Flying Scotsman this August Bank Holiday Weekend

An amazing opportunity to ride behind Flying Scotsman, arguably the most famous locomotive in the world, in genuine vintage carriages – and enjoy all the other activities at Didcot Railway Centre plus live music, barbeque and our renowned Black Python Real Ale Bar!

Tickets must be booked in advance via Ticketmaster . Open 9am Saturday 26 – Monday 28 August. Last admission 3pm.

Flying Scotsman will be running all day so there will be lots of chances to photograph the engine as she runs past the Picnic Area on the Main Demonstration Line.

A second Gresley locomotive, Union of South Africa will be joining Flying Scotsman, on Sunday 27 & Monday 28 August.

There will also be unlimited rides behind visiting engine GWR No 813 on our Branch Line.

Visitors can see Brunel’s Broad Gauge, explore the Engine Shed with our collection of GWR steam engines, visit the Carriage Display, GWT Museum and Archive, original Air Raid Shelter and Science, Learning & Railways Exhibition. Families can enjoy our train themed Play Park and Picnic Area.

The Refreshment Room will offer hot and cold food and snacks and a range of souvenirs will be on sale in our Shop.

For more details please visit

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