• The Golden age Of Steam The Return Of the Flying Scotsman.

    After Ten years The Flying Scotsman is back, after a £4.2m restoration project, commencing in 2006. To mark the Flying Scotsman's eagerly anticipated return to the tracks in February 2016, York and Shildon museums are to celebrate the fame and celebrity of the locomotive legend.

    One of the world's most famous railway locomotives, Flying Scotsman, has taken its first public test-run under steam after a decade off the tracks.


    The engine, which was retired from service in 1963, has been restored for York's National Railway Museum (NRM) in a shed in Bury, Greater Manchester.

    Low-speed tests have started along the East Lancashire Railway (ELR).

    Andrew McLean, NRM head curator, said: "From the dead it becomes something living and breathing again."

    The first test-run saw it move out of its shed and travel a short distance down the track to the heritage line's Bolton Street station.

    Flying Scotsman was originally built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), emerging from the works on 24 February 1923 and initially numbered 1472. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the railway.

    It was initially retired after 2 Million Miles on the track.


    Posted by Mark Fowler
  • The Golden Age Of Steam The Bittern

    The Bittern at Minehead Station getting ready to go.

    Posted by Mark Fowler