THE RETURN of the legendary locomotive Flying Scotsman to a North Yorkshire railway line has proved a complete sell out, two months before it takes to the tracks for the first time since its ten-year restoration.
Every seat on 21 journeys that will take in 18 miles of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway between March 12-20 has been sold.
Chris Price, the railway’s MD, said: “We are delighted to welcome the legendary Flying Scotsman to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and for visitors to ride behind the world’s most famous steam locomotive on the world’s busiest heritage railway.
“Tickets to ride behind the finished locomotive in resplendent BR Brunswick Green, have now completely sold out. Due to public demand, we added an additional carriage to each service, but these too were also snapped up quickly.
“As well as seeing her in such a wonderful attire, we are looking forward to hearing the sounds of such a fine locomotive resonate through the stunning North York Moors, as she travels along the 18 miles of countryside between Grosmont and Pickering.
“Although tickets have sold out to travel behind Flying Scotsman, there are trains running on opposite services which will allow people will be able to catch and disembark at stations, for photographs.”
As well as seeing her in such a wonderful attire, we are looking forward to hearing the sounds of such a fine locomotive resonate through the stunning North York Moors.Chris Price, managing director of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Flying Scotsman has been restored at a cost of £4.2m after the National Railway Museum in York bought it for £2.3m in 2004. Originally built in Doncaster in 1923, it became the star locomotive of the British railway system, pulling the first train to break the 100mph barrier.
As it is prepared to run again, museum bosses revealed that a milestone had been reached in the ongoing restoration of another old engine.
The 1960’s Deltic locomotive ‘King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ has now had the last vestige of its old blue livery stripped away at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum’s sister site in Shildon, County Durham.
The vehicle is currently being prepared for its important role alongside Flying Scotsman in the museum’s groundbreaking ‘Stunts, Speed and Style’ display, which will take place at the York site in March.