Scotsman Fails to Visit Scotland


**STOP PRESS**  So it appears that Network Rail did “get their act together” and 60103 has been on the Borders Railway this afternoon (Sunday), and will go over the Forth Bridge to Fife this evening.

According to newspaper reports today (Saturday 14th May), Network Rail has stopped ‘Flying Scotsman’ from running onto the new ‘Borders Railway’.

60103 will still run along the East Coast Main Line into Edinburgh Waverley, but not along the new route. Why?

“The track operator said it had not been able to carry out assessment work on some lines in time for the tour, which organisers said has been in the planning for more than a year.”

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This same article also mentions that “…Flying Scotsman became the first steam loco to officially break the 100mph barrier in 1934.”

Controversial – we all know “officially” it was “City of Truro”, the double-framed 4-4-0 from the GWR back in 1903.

Next they’ll be telling me that “Flying Scotsman” was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley – he clearly didn’t need any help from the Doncaster Drawing Office, Draughtsmen, or the men on the shop floor who suggested improvements in component design or manufacture.

Ah well, perhaps Network Rail will finally get their act together to assess the new ‘Borders Railway’, and across into Fife, to allow a steam locomotive to run on these lines. Meanwhile, “Flying Scotsman” will be at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway on Monday as planned, with an extra day on Sunday.


Flying Scotsman - Barrow - 1978

Flying Scotsman at Barrow-in-Furness 1978

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