FLYING Scotsman holds a special place in Yorkshire hearts.
This iconic steam locomotive, built in Doncaster and brought back to pristine working condition under the care of York’s National Railway Museum, is emblematic of our county’s grand engineering tradition.
That it remains so potent a symbol is in large part thanks to the late Sir William McAlpine.
And so it is fitting that his memory is being honoured with an engineering bursary for a young person to learn how to preserve the engine for the future.
This is about continuity, and maintaining a piece of heritage as a living entity.
When Flying Scotsman steams from London to York in Sir William’s memory, there will be crowds at the lineside to see her roar past.
It is a nice thought that amongst them may be a young person who will ensure she can continue to thrill onlookers for years to come.