Arguably the most famous steam locomotive in the world, Flying Scotsman has returned to the rails to huge public acclaim following a £4.5m overhaul. However, the prospects for this famous machine have not always been as rosy as they are today, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.
There are few steam locomotives which have had such a colourful life as ‘A3’ 4-6-2 4472 Flying Scotsman. Its main line career was highlighted by record-breaking speeds and was cut short by the onset of modernisation so that in 1963, after 40 years and over two million miles of service it looked as though it would follow the other 76 ‘A3s’ to the breaker’s yard.
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