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Flying Scotsman is the most famous steam locomotive in the World. Built in 1923, it has since run approximately 2.5 million miles and celebrate its 85th birthday 2018. The year after building, Flying Scotsman was exhibited at the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley and in 1928 hauled the first non-stop 'Flying Scotsman' train from King's Cross to Edinburgh - the longest non-stop run in the World.

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Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman was the first express passenger locomotive to be built by the then newly formed London and North Eastern Railway in 1923. Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, then Chief Mechanical & Electrical Engineer at LNER, the Flying Scotsman was the first locomotive to carry LNER's famous apple green livery. It was chosen by the LNER to represent the latest in steam locomotive design at the British Empire Exhibitions at Wembley in 1924 and again in 1925. In 1928, 4472 was fitted with a unique corridor tender to enable it to haul the first non-stop train from King’s Cross to Edinburgh on 1st May. This was the longest non-stop run in the world. Two crews were required for the journey; using the corridor to change over at Tollerton, near York. Driver Albert Pibworth was at the controls from King's Cross to Tollerton. Driver Tom Blades took over from Tollerton to Edinburgh Waverley.

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In 1934 Flying Scotsman was the first steam locomotive to authentically achieve a speed of 100mph. Flying Scotsman was rebuilt in 1947 with a higher pressure boiler and in 1959 with a Kylchap double exhaust arrangement and chimney to improve the steaming capability of the boiler with inferior coal. Flying Scotsman was withdrawn from service by British Railways in 1963 after a hard 40-year working life in front line service and was sold for preservation. Over 70 similar locomotives were scrapped, leaving Flying Scotsman as the sole survivor of its class. From 1969 to 1972 Flying Scotsman toured the United States of America. In 1973 Flying Scotsman came home to continue working special trains on the main line.

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April 1928 Flying Scotsman co-starred in the first sound feature film "Flying Scotsman". Driver More Marriot, Fireman Ray Millan 30th November 1934 High speed test run from Kings Cross to Leeds 185.8 miles in 151 minutes and 56 seconds with 145 tons tare. Leeds to Kings Cross 157 minutes 17 seconds with 205 tons tare. 1st authenticated 100mph for steam traction. Driver Sparshatt Fireman Webster.

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