Last Saturday 21 May residents were delighted to see LNER Pacific Engine: 60103 The Flying Scotsman steam through West Berkshire. The above video was shot by Fiona Hobson at Hungerford Station.
The Flying Scotsman quite possibly will pass through our area again on Saturday 28 May on The Cathedrals Express London Paddington – Salisbury (WCRC) [wcrc].
Timings and route are not being revealed in advance due to fears of spectators trespassing on the track. We expect to receive notification nearer the time so please contact email@example.com if you would like the details.
Hungerford steam train photographer Tony Bartlett gives this safety tip for train watchers/photographers: trains and tracks are very dangerous so remain a safe distance from the tracks and do not trespass in an attempt to see the train! Enjoy, go see, sniff the smell, listen to the sounds, but please be very very safe.
If you don’t manage to get your own photographs, Tony posts photos of his latest sightings here: hungerford.org.uk/steam
The Flying Scotsman
Here is the Wikipedia entry on this famous locomotive:
LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman is a Pacific steam locomotive built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of Nigel Gresley. It was employed on long-distance express East Coast Main Line trains by the LNER and its successors, British Railways Eastern and North-Eastern Regions, notably on the London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman train service after which it was named.
The locomotive set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30 November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8 August 1989 while in Australia.
Retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2.08 million miles, Flying Scotsman gained considerable fame in preservation under the ownership of, successively, Alan Pegler, William McAlpine, Tony Marchington, and finally the National Railway Museum (NRM). As well as hauling enthusiast specials in the United Kingdom, the locomotive toured extensively in the United States and Canada from 1969 until 1973 and Australia in 1988/89. Flying Scotsman has been described as the world’s most famous steam locomotive.