Ever wished you could experience the glamour and luxury of the Flying Scotsman service in its golden, steam-powered heyday?
Well now you can.
The public will be able to get up close and personal with the nation’s favourite steam star as part of the National Railway Museum’s 2016 Flying Scotsman season.
An inaugural run between London Kings Cross and York gets things underway during the engine’s ‘birthday’ month in February 2016.
And tickets for the season, exploring why this locomotive became a legend, go on sale to the public on Friday (November 6).
The Flying Scotsman locomotive itself is in the closing phases of the £4.2 million restoration project in the Bury workshop of Riley & Son Ltd.
The Flying Scotsman season
The Inaugural Run
February 2016 (date TBA)
Price to be announced
Lucky ticket holders will ride behind No. 60103 Flying Scotsman, resplendent in its new BR green livery, as it makes its inaugural run between London Kings Cross and York.
Along with fellow Scotsman fans, including at least one celebrity, they can take in the sights and sounds of live steam as the world’s most famous locomotive makes a triumphant return home to the National Railway Museum.
Stunts, Speed and Style
Mar 25-May 8 2016
This exhibition will allow visitors to explore the history of the luxury travel between London and Edinburgh from its early days in the 19th century through to today.
Step on board four locomotives that hauled the world’s longest–established express train and learn about the stunts, speed and style that kept the service flying the flag for high-speed travel along the East Coast Main Line.
The star attraction will be Flying Scotsman displayed with the Dynamometer car that demonstrates its record-breaking reputation
Service With Style
Mar 25-May 8 May 2016
Using three carriages of the kind that travelled the Flying Scotsman route, plus archive news footage, this ticketed NRM exhibition will enable visitors to experience a story of speed, innovation, fame and luxury.
Each carriage offers a different sensory experience to bring the Flying Scotsman story to life, from 1920s cinema cars to 1930s cocktail bars.
Scotsman on the Tracks
Mar 12 2016 onwards
See Flying Scotsman in action across the UK throughout 2016 and beyond.
One of the first chances to see and ride behind the finished locomotive will be on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering from March 12-20.
Riley & Son (E) Ltd is managing the operation of the locomotive for the first two years.
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National Railway Museum public events manager Kate Hunter said:
Or for those who want to photograph our star attraction without the crowds there are a range of photography events.
The flagship Flying Scotsman service is known for innovations like the cinema car, cocktail bar and hairdressing salon.
All of this along with continual publicity stunts helped it grab the headlines from the very first mention of the ‘Flying Scotchman’ in 1875 – and long before the loco that took its name was built in 1923.
Museum director Paul Kirkman said: