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05/11/2015

News Release - Issued by National Railway Museum 

Tickets to ride on Flying Scotsman through the eras

The National Railway Museum has announced that tickets to experience the glamour and luxury of the Flying Scotsman service throughout the eras will go on sale to the public on Friday 6th November.

With Virgin Train’s East Coast’s launch of a new look Flying Scotsman train hitting the headlines last week, tickets to Service with Style, which uses three carriages of the kind that travelled the Flying Scotsman route and archive news footage to allow visitors to experience a story of speed, innovation, fame and luxury in a sensory way, are expected to fly out of the door.

The public can get up close and personal with the nation’s favourite steam star, the sole survivor of its kind in three spectacular showcases as part of the museum’s 2016 Flying Scotsman season including the 25 March to 8 May display

A late February inaugural run between London Kings Cross and York and a big welcome home event gets the season exploring the fame and celebrity of the locomotive legend off to a flying start during its ‘birthday’ month

A free ‘Stunts, Speed and Style’ display in March explores the history of the high speed service, from the 1890s through to the swinging sixties. Visitors will be able to get on board the cabs of four locomotives that hauled the iconic train which departed at 10am, carrying business and leisure travellers between London and Edinburgh. At the start and end of each day there will be special photography events for those who are keen to avoid the crowds.

National Railway Museum Public Events Manager Kate Hunter said:
“Our line-up of four locomotives within our free Stunts, Speed and Style display which features the world’s most famous locomotive, Flying Scotsman, explores the beginnings of the high speed service in the 19th century through to the post-steam era. An LNER dynamometer car behind our star attraction tells the story of its record-breaking reputation, capturing the world speed record at 100mph on a London to Leeds run on 30 November 1934.”

If stepping on board Flying Scotsman’s cab isn’t enough, visitors can board the Flying Scotsman train and fully immerse themselves in the glamour and allure of the world’s longest–established express train throughout the ages with our ground-breaking ticketed exhibition or for those who want to photograph our star attraction without the crowds there are a range of photography events. ”

The flagship Flying Scotsman service is known for innovations like the cinema car, cocktail bar and hairdressing salon and all of this along with continual publicity stunts helped it grab the headlines from the very first mention of the ‘Flying Scotchman’ in 1875, and long before the loco that took its name was built in 1923.

The season’s finishing flourish will be the chance to see Flying Scotsman in light steam at a sixties-style ‘Shed Bash’ at the National Railway Museum’s Shildon Co. Durham site. Throughout the season, there will be a family-friendly Scotsman science show on the theme of speed, craft activities during the school holidays, a schedule of photography events, and a programme of fascinating talks. A Feb-June Starring Scotsman exhibition examines the ups and downs of the locomotive’s rollercoaster celebrity career.

The museum announced further details of its programme as the Flying Scotsman locomotive is in the closing phases of the painstaking £4.2m project to bring a steam legend back to life in the workshop of Riley & Son (E) Ltd. From early 2016 the globetrotting screen star and multiple record-breaker will be able to be seen around the UK as a working museum exhibit, demonstrating the engineering science behind steam traction to new generations of fans.

Aside from the three museum showcases, Flying Scotsman can be seen in its black undercoat during January test runs at the East Lancashire Railway and on the Railway Touring Company’s scenic Manchester-Carlisle route and then resplendent in its BR green livery at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Pickering, North Yorkshire in March, on the mainline to Scotland in May and the Severn Valley Railway in Kidderminster, Worcestershire in September.

With sales now live for the majority of events, fans can now start to plan when and where they ride behind or view Flying Scotsman. Anticipation is building across the UK that the prodigal steam locomotive’s return home with the inaugural run can now be counted down in months and weeks. That is certainly the case in Scotland where the loco will be returning for the first time in 16 years and Doncaster where the engineering icon was built.”

Museum Director Paul Kirkman said:

“We are also thrilled to offer a unique opportunity to experience the essence of Flying Scotsman, the most famous locomotive and express train service in the world, first –hand at our museum, through a series of innovative and colourful exhibitions and events.”

‘Service with Style’ and ‘Stunts Speed and Style’ run from 25 March – 8 May 2016. Tickets for Service with Style’ cost £8. ‘Starring Scotsman’ runs from February – 19 June. For more information about Flying Scotsman Season including arrival dates once they become available please visit www.nrm.org.uk/flyingscotsman . For the latest conversations about the return of Flying Scotsman use or track #Flying Scotsman.

ENDS


For more information please contact
Catherine Farrell, Senior Press Officer, National Railway Museum
catherine.farrell@nrm.org.uk
01904 686281


NOTES TO EDITORS:

• Please see www.nrm.org.uk/flyingscotsman for booking information.

• For the latest news including further events keep checking www.nrm.org.uk/flyingscotsman for details or sign up to the museum’s e-newsletter. http://www.nrm.org.uk/GetInvolved/signupfornewsletter.

• Flying Scotsman was ‘outshopped’ from Doncaster Works as number 1472 on 27 February 1923

• The estimated projected total cost for the restoration is in the region of £4.2m.

• In 2004, the National Railway Museum bought Flying Scotsman for £2.3 million. The appeal to keep the steam icon in Britain was supported by a £1.8 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the generosity of the public. The restoration has also been undertaken with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £275,000. The aim of the purchase has always been to operate Flying Scotsman as a working museum exhibit.

• Once Scotsman’s return to mainline operation is complete, the commercial partnership agreement under which Riley & Son (E) Ltd will manage the operation of the locomotive for a period of two years also includes a programme of on-going maintenance using Riley’s vast experience of keeping steam locomotives on the track. The Bury-based firm of steam and diesel engineering specialists is experienced in running and maintaining its own small fleet of Network Rail-registered steam locomotives and was appointed in October 2013 to complete the high profile restoration project to bring the 1923-built locomotive, the sole survivor of its class, back to Britain’s tracks. Its in-depth knowledge of Flying Scotsman will also help to resolve any issues that may arise during its return to mainline steam.

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