Countdown to Flying Scotman’s return to Swanage Railway

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THE COUNTDOWN is on when the world’s most famous and iconic steam locomotive visits Swanage Railway next month.

The Flying Scotsman will run on Swanage Railway for nearly three weeks, from Wednesday October 19 to Sunday November 6, and tickets can be booked now.

The 97-ton Class A3 locomotive, built in 1923, will run along the popular Purbeck line for 19 days.

A Swanage Railway spokesperson said: ‘We look forward to welcoming the famous Flying Scotsman to our railway in October and November.

“This visit will be the first of her refit which has been carried out by Riley & Son (E) Ltd alongside the National Railway Museum to ensure that 60103 is ready to celebrate its centenary in 2023.

“We have also just released bookings for dining experiences aboard the Devon Belle Observation Car which will provide unobstructed views of the locomotive as it operates on the line for the first half of your journey. Then on the return journey you will can sit back and relax while enjoying the view of the Isle of Purbeck.”

The steam locomotive will be on static display at Swanage Station on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 October and again from Thursday 27 October to Sunday 6 November.

Costing £7,944 to build, ‘Flying Scotsman’ was named after the prestigious London-Edinburgh express train service which the locomotive helped run – the journey time being eight hours.

When tested in 1934, the Nigel Gresley-designed “Flying Scotsman” was the first steam locomotive in the UK to pull a train at 100 mph.

Purchased by the National Railway Museum in 2004, Flying Scotsman was restored through a ten-year, £4.2 million project funded by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as public donations.

Flying Scotsman last visited Swanage in March 2019.

Reservations can be made online at swanagerailway.co.uk/events/

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