Exciting news for trainspotters as Flying Scotsman is steaming through Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 17:03 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:13 16 February 2016
A famous steam train is coming to Welwyn, Hatfield and Potters Bar this month.
The Flying Scotsman through the years
‘Flying Scotsman’ breaks the 100 mph mark, London, 30 November 1934 - Credit to National Railway Museum
'Flying Scotsman' A3 Class steam locomotive leaving Leeds station, 1956 - credit to National Railway Museum
Flying Scotsman at King's Cross, 1963 - credit to National Railway Museum
‘Take Me by The Flying Scotsman’, LNER poster, 1932 - credit to National Railway Museum
First fire in boiler in the restored Flying Scotsman, 10.40 PM, Ten Years to the day since the fire was last extinguished - credit to National Railway Museum
Lighting the first fire in boiler in the restored Flying Scotsman, 10.40 PM, Ten Years to the day since the fire was last extinguished - credit to National Railway Museum
Scotsman in Steam - credit to National Railway Museum
The Flying Scotsman will go past Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Brookmans Park, Welham Green and Potters Bar on Thursday, February 25.
The outward journey from Kings Cross to York will start at 7.40am, however the time it will go past the various stops has not yet been confirmed.
The Flying Scotsman is one of the most famous locomotives in the world, and the event offers people the chance to have breakfast on the train and travel up the East Coast Mainline, its flagship route.
The event is part of the National Railway Museum’s Flying Scotsman season, from February to July 2016.
Visitors to the museum in York will also be able to explore a special gallery exhibition called ‘Starring Scotsman’ which runs from February until June 19, and a free ‘Stunts, Speed and Style’ display from March 25 to May 8 exploring the history of the Flying Scotsman passenger service.
Heritage Minster, Tracey Crouch, said: “After a decade of regeneration, the anticipated return of the world famous and much loved Flying Scotsman is almost upon us. This is a wonderful way to tell the story of this iconic and well-travelled locomotive and will ensure that people now and in the future understand why it is such an important part of Great Britain’s heritage.”
The Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster in 1923, and was the first locomotive of the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway. It was given the name ‘Flying Scotsman’ after the London to Edinburgh rail service which started daily in 1862.