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Flying Scotsman (Hardback)

The Legend Lives On

Transport History Photo Books Colour Books Trains and Railways

By Brian Sharpe
Imprint: Wharncliffe Transport
ISBN: 9781845630904
Published: 16th July 2009
Last Released: 21st October 2009

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From hauling the first non-stop express from London to Edinburgh in 1928 and breaking the 100mph barrier in 1934, to being sold in 1963, and to its final home at the York National Railway Centre, The Flying Scotsman has a rich and, at times, controversial history.

It has travelled across the USA and steamed across Australia, changed owners and colour and sold for the highest price ever paid for a locomotive. Relive the great age of steam and follow the making of the legend that is apple green and called Flying Scotsman. An informative and highly illustrated account of British Steam engines and railways, which includes concise, appealing articles on locomotive development and industrial progress.

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Flying Scotsman becomes the first steam locomotive to reach 100mph

30th November 1934

The LNER Class A3 Pacific locomotive no. 4472 "Flying Scotsman" (originally no. 1472) was built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of H.N. Gresley. It was employed on long-distance express trains on the LNER, notably the 10am London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman service after which this locomotive was named. On 30th November 1934 it became the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded at 100 mph.


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