Cambridge is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in England.The University buildings form a magnificent backdrop to the compact city with the River Cam winding through the centre and alongside the "backs" - the beautiful parks.
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Dining passengers will be served a Full English Breakfast on the outward journey and a two course meal on the return jouruney. Premium Standard passengers will be served complimentary tea and coffee and can order additional drinks and snacks from the on board menu.
Our journey begins under the overall roof of the Great Northern Railway's London terminus, King's Cross station, opened on 14th October 1852 and designed by Lewis Cubitt. We join the East Coast Main Line, heading north to cross the Welwyn Viaduct, made up of 40 arches it carries the railway high above the River Mimram. After Hitchin station, we branch to the right onto 'The Cambridge Line' as the main line to the north continues to the left. We reach Cambridge station, the thirteenth busiest station in the UK outside London.
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).
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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