Enjoy a trip behind Flying Scotsman through beautiful scenery. There will be a short stop along the way where you can stretch your legs.
Pullman Style Dining and Premier Dining passengers will be served a champagne brunch over both legs of the journey.
Leaving from Theale our train is due to be double-headed by 60103 Flying Scotsman and 44871 Black Five down the Berks & Hants Line through Newbury & Castle Cary to Taunton. After a short stop in Taunton, of approximately 15 minutes, to change locos we return diesel hauled to Theale.This trip will be diesel hauled on the return leg of the journey.
60103 Flying Scotsman has been described as the most famous steam locomotive in the world.
Built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of H.N. Gresley, it was employed on long-distance express trains on 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 on 30 November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles on 8 August 1989 while in Australia.
Retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2,076,000 miles, Flying Scotsman gained considerable fame in preservation under the ownership of 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 to 1973) and Australia (from 1988 to 1989).
In 2019, the locomotive will be returning to the Highlands of Scotland for the first time since its refurbishment and you could be on board! Find out more here.
You can also travel one-way with the engine from London to Edinburgh, along the route synonymous with her fame. Call the Booking Office on 01483 209888 to find out more.
Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the steam hauled sections of the trip listed, it cannot be guaranteed and may be substituted for a different engine.
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