Edinburgh is descibed by Prince Charles as one of the Worlds most beautiful cities and was recently voted one of the top ten cities in the World by Expedia.
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Please note these fares do not include hotel accommodation. Hotel accommodation can be booked independently or through the Booking Office on 01483 209888.
Day 1 - London to Edinburgh
Departing from London King’s Cross hauled by vintage diesel we take a fast run up the East Coast mainline to York, where we pick up Flying Scotsman. Leaving York in the afternoon, Flying Scotsman will haul our train at express speeds along the very line for which it was designed. The scenery along this part of the route is outstanding starting with Durham Cathedral and The Angel of the North. As we approach Berwick, into view comes the Border Bridge as it curves high above the river. From here the line runs for miles along the cliff tops before arriving at Waverley Station.
Day 2 - Day at leisure and optional Fife Tours
The first of two days to enjoy the many delights that Edinburgh has to offer as well as the chance to make another railway journey of a lifetime behind Flying Scotsman, this time over the world-famous Forth Bridge. Sit back and relax whilst taking in the views which on a clear day extends to more than 20 miles.
Day 3 - Day at leisure
Today presents another opportunity to to explore this beautiful city which holds two UNESCO designations. Edinburgh is home to many interesting attractions from its iconic medieval castle and Scotland’s crown jewels. Alternatively, join us on an organised excursion. Excursions are likely to include coach trips to Stirling Castle, a Forth boat cruise and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Day 4 - Edinburgh to London
Today we travel West through the valley to Carstairs before joining the West Coast mainline for the climb to Beattock. After passing through the Southern uplands we join one of the most famous routes in the world - The Settle and Carlisle Railway, which twists and turns as it climbs up through the Eden Valley before ascending to the highest point on England’ s railways. Soon we join the West Coast mainline and sadly say goodbye to Flying Scotsman before being whisked back by a vintage diesel or electric locomotive to London, arriving in the late evening.
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.