Flying Scotsman Centenary

2023 marks 100 years since the world's most famous steam locomotive - Gresley 'A3' 4-6-2 4472 Flying Scotsman - was completed at Doncaster Work in 1923. The London North Eastern Railway 'Pacific' entered traffic in February 1923 and was withdrawn in January 1963. It then entered preservation when it was purchased from British Railways by Alan Peglar. It has since been owned by Sir William McAlpine, Pete Waterman OBE, Tony Marchington and, since 2004, by the National Railway Museum. It has been restored to full working order by the National Railway Museum and will be seen across the country in 2023 to celebrate its 100th anniversary sponsored by Hornby Hobbies. Read our full collection of Flying Scotsman news, reviews and features here and keep up to date with the latest information for its centenary year appearance.

NEW SERIES: THIS IS FLYING SCOTSMAN

Brand-new Key Model World video series - Part One-Three available now!

THIS IS FLYING SCOTSMAN - THE VIDEO SERIES

VIDEO: A day in the life of Flying Scotsman | Part Four

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

We go behind the scenes in the final part of our Flying Scotsman series to discover what it takes to maintain and operate the world's most famous steam locomotive during its visit to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in May 2023.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

VIDEO: An evening with Flying Scotsman | Part Three

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In the third part of our new series about the world’s most famous steam locomotive, we feature presentations from former owner Pete Waterman OBE as well as Riley and Son Engineering’s Director Colin Green to discover more about Flying Scotsman’s story and its resurrection.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

VIDEO: Flying Scotsman – up close and personal | Part Two

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In the second part of our brand-new series for the centenary of the world's most famous steam locomotive - Gresley 'A3' 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman - we get up close and personal with the locomotive. Log in or sign up for a Freemium account to watch the full video today.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

VIDEO: THIS IS FLYING SCOTSMAN – PART ONE

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.

NEW SERIES! Join us for the first of a new four-part series featuring the National Collection’s legendary Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 Flying Scotsman – a cinematic journey from Keighley to Oxenhope.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.

Launching Friday June 23 on YouTube and Key Model World is the first of a new four-part series focusing on the National Collection's legendary Gresley 'A3' 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman in its centenary year. Key Model World's brand-new Flying Scotsman series takes you to beyond the carriage doors to discover more about this iconic locomotive in its centenary year.

Part one: This is Flying Scotsman

Available now on YouTube and Key Model World, this cinematic film follows Flying Scotsman during its visit to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Part two: Up Close and Personal

Available now exclusively at on Key Model Word. In this piece we focus on the locomotive's visit to the KWVR as we find out more about its story and place in railway history.

Part three: An Evening with Flying Scotsman

Available now exclusively on Key Model World. We join Flying Scotsman for an evening at the KWVR including exclusive access to the presentations by Pete Waterman OBE and Riley and Son's Colin Green.

Part four: A day in the life of Flying Scotsman

Coming next Friday, exclusively on Key Model World. Join us as we go behind the scenes and follow the operation of Flying Scotsman from light the fire in the morning and on the footplate hauling trains right through to the end of the day when it returns to Haworth Shed.


 

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Flying Scotsman features

Review Freemium

Flying Scotsman gains sound in ‘TT:120’

MIKE WILD

The famous Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 is now available in ‘TT:120’ scale with Hornby’s new Triplex Sound installed from the factory. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival.

MIKE WILD

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the world's most famous steam locomotive

MIKE WILD

2023 marks the centenary of the world's most famous steam locomotive - Gresley 'A3' 4-6-2 Flying Scotsman. Test your knowledge of this British railway icon in our latest quiz.

MIKE WILD

Marklin launches ‘HO’ Flying Scotsman

JONATHAN NEWTON

Marklin/Trix are celebrating the centenary of Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman with the release of a limited edition ‘HO’ scale model of the world’s most famous steam locomotive for the very first time. This new release also marks the first new British outline model the company has produced in more than 30 years.

JONATHAN NEWTON

Locomotion Models Flying Scotsman exclusive

JONATHAN NEWTON

Locomotion Models is marking the centenary of the world’s most famous steam locomotive with an exclusive limited edition of Gresley ‘A1’ 4-6-2 4472 Flying Scotsman as it appeared at the 1924 British Empire Exhibition.

JONATHAN NEWTON
Flying Scotsman sound installation guide and demonstration Feature Premium

Locoman’s ‘Scotsman’ sound

MIKE WILD

Using the latest Hornby model of the Gresley ‘A3’ and a Locoman Sounds profile loaded onto an ESU LokSound chip, MIKE WILD explains how sound can be added to a ‘OO’ gauge model.

MIKE WILD
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Flying Scotsman at 100

ANDREW RODEN

Billed as the world’s most famous steam locomotive, how has Flying Scotsman captured the public’s imagination in a way nothing else has? Author ANDREW RODEN explains why it is so important.

ANDREW RODEN
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Flying Scotsman and Hornby

MARK CHIVERS

The world’s most famous steam locomotive and Hornby Hobbies have enjoyed a long association. MARK CHIVERS talks to Marketing and Product Development Director SIMON KOHLER about what the ‘A3’ means to him - and about the very latest developments -in this exclusive interview.

MARK CHIVERS
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The Flying Scotsman Buying Guide

MARK CHIVERS

As the world’s most famous steam locomotive it is no surprise that Flying Scotsman has captured the imagination of model railway manufacturers through the years. MARK CHIVERS looks back at the history of this well-known Gresley ‘Pacific’ in model form.

MARK CHIVERS

Where to see Flying Scotsman in 2023

MARK CHIVERS

An outstanding calendar of events is planned to celebrate Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 4472 Flying Scotsman’s centenary. MARK CHIVERS outlines where you can catch a glimpse of the world’s most famous steam locomotive this year.

MARK CHIVERS
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Streamlined LNER ‘B17/5’ heads Hornby 2023 steam plans

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s 2023 releases are set to include newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) streamlined ‘B17/5’ 4-6-0s, a collection of all-new LNER ‘A1’/‘A3’ Flying Scotsman 4-6-2s in the Hornby Dublo range and a new Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&MR) addition, in the form of 0-4-2 No. 58 Tiger.

MARK CHIVERS