Doncaster’s Flying Scotsman latest star of magazine collection

The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman

Doncaster built locomotive legend the Flying Scotsman has become the latest star of a new magazine collection put together in association with the National Railway Museum.

The latest edition of the Great British Locomotives Collection went on sale this week and includes a scale model of one of the world’s most famous locos, which was built at Doncaster Plant Works, for readers to enjoy.

The LNER Class A3 Pacific steam locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman was built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway at Doncaster.

It was employed on long-distance express trains on the LNER and its successors, British Railways Eastern and North-Eastern Regions, notably on the 10am London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman train service after which it was named.

The locomotive is notable for having set two world records for steam traction; becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour on 30 November 1934 and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles on 8 August 1989.

Retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2,076,000 miles, Flying Scotsman, now housed at the National Railway Museum in York, has been described as the world’s most famous steam locomotive.

Doncaster’s other world famous loco Mallard kicked off the collection earlier this year.