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 The London North Eastern Railway 'Pacific' entered traffic in February 1923 and was withdrawn in January 1963.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.


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


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.


This is Flying Scotsman


Flying Scotsman features

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Flying Scotsman


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.


Flying Scotsman at 100 - new Hornby-Dublo range


To celebrate the centenary of Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 4472 Flying Scotsman, Hornby is collaborating with the National Railway Museum (NRM) to create a range of brand-new bespoke models to mark this special occasion.

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Gloss finish for the nation’s ‘A3’


There is no doubt the main-line return of the National Railway Museum’s (NRM) Gresley ‘A3’ 60103 in 2016 was a highlight of the year.

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Hornby revises its Gresley ‘A3’

The Gresley ‘A1’/‘A3’ 4-6-2s are a longstanding part of the Hornby range, but this year they have been upgraded with newly tooled components and firebox flicker. MIKE WILD checks out the first two arrivals.

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VIDEO: Locoman Sounds 'A3' ESU decoder

Locoman Sounds has created a brand new sound file for the LokSound platform capturing the sounds of Gresley 'A3' 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman. We showcase the capabilities of the decoder in this video.

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Locoman Creates new ‘A3’ sound profile

The famous three-cylinder beat of the sole surviving Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 has been recreated for the ESU LokSound 5 platform by Locoman Sounds. This brand new sound scheme introduces new functions and versatility which take advantage of the latest generation decoder from ESU.

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Gresley's pioneering ‘A3' class 'Pacifics'

Much is known about the exploits of Gresley’s famous ‘A3’ Pacifics, including Flying Scotsman, but far less is known about the wider impact the class had on services on the East Coast Main Line. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES finds out more to mark the arrival of Hatton’s new ‘O’ gauge model.

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Hatton’s Gresley ‘A3’ debuts for 'O' gauge

Could this be Hatton’s most exciting model yet? MIKE WILD puts the new Heljan produced Hatton’s Originals Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 for ‘O’ gauge through its paces.

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The National Collection’s famous Gresley ‘A3’ became a must-have addition to the roster for our modern era layout, West Coast Cement. MIKE WILD explains how he installed a Zimo sound decoder, stay alive, speaker and firebox flicker into the popular Hornby ‘Pacific’.