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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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