30th November marks the 85th anniversary of perhaps the world’s most famous steam locomotive, Flying Scotsman. It set its first world record of 100 miles per hour in 1934, and in 2020 there will be a rare chance travel behind this iconic engine.
Two days out, London to Salisbury on 28th May and London to Oxford three days later offer visits to two of the UK’s most beautiful cities – arriving in real style. And a London to Edinburgh weekend short break from 2nd – 5th July sees the engine retrace the route for which it was named, the north east line up to Scotland.
Champagne breakfast, travelling in style
Operated by the Steam Dreams Rail Co., with allocated seating in vintage carriages, the day excursion tickets start at £109 for Premium Standard class. This comes with complimentary tea, coffee and waiter service. Pullman Style Dining, where Champagne breakfasts and evening meals with wine and canapes are the order of the day costs £275.
Edinburgh with Balmoral Hotel
The Flying Scotsman to Edinburgh tour over the July weekend starts at £349 up to £899 for Pullman Style Dining without accommodation. Accommodation in Edinburgh can be arranged by Steam Dreams at different hotels in the centre of the city, including the five-star Balmoral Hotel.
History of this record-breaking locomotive
Built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works, Flying Scotsman was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the railway. She 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.
She still holds two world records, the fastest steam locomotive at 100mph and longest non-stop run at 441 miles.
Retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2,076,000 miles (3,341,000 km), Flying Scotsman gained considerable fame in preservation under the ownership of Alan Pegler, William McAlpine, Tony Marchington and finally the National Railway Museum. 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).
Tickets for this rare trip
Booking Office can be contacted at 01483 209888 9am – 5.30pm on weekdays. Or you can purchase tickets online at www.steamdreams.co.uk
To find out more about Flying Scotsman itself, go to www.flyingscotsman.org.uk
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