Flying Scotsman will appear for three weeks at the Swanage Railway

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THE world’s most famous and iconic steam locomotive will visit a railway in Dorset next month.

The Flying Scotsman will visit Swanage Railway for almost three weeks in October, from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 6th November.

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

Marcus Alldrick, Swanage Railway’s Volunteer Commercial Director, said: “The dedicated directors, trustees, staff and volunteers of Swanage Railway are delighted that the railway has been able to welcome back the Flying Scotsman which is celebrating its centenary in February 2023. .

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Swanage Railway Station

“We are extremely grateful to the National Railway Museum for once again giving the Swanage Railway the opportunity to host such a historic event to harness and display the famous ‘Flying Scotsman’ who is such a charismatic icon and celebrates his 100 years on February 24, 2023.

“It will be wonderful to admire No. 60103 carrying the unique Devon Belle Pullman Observation Carriage – known as Car 14 – as they operated in pairs across the United States between 1969 and 1972.”

The iconic 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. Tickets will be required.

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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 100mph.

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.

Swanage Railway Company chairman Robert Patterson said: “With uniformed attendants serving champagne and canapes to passengers aboard the Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage, Car 14 will be coupled directly behind ‘Flying Scotsman’ when she hauls trains on the Swanage Railway.”

Flying Scotsman last visited Swanage in March 2019.

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