Full details of the celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of legendary loco Flying Scotsman have now been revealed.
The National Railway Museum in York is putting the engine on show at Easter 2023, when it will also launch a cutting-edge VR experience.
And Flying Scotsman will go out on tour, including visits to various heritage railways.
February 2023 will mark 100 years since the celebrity locomotive – then simply numbered 1472 – embarked on its first voyage from the sheds at Doncaster Works.
And the celebrations will kick off tomorrow as Flying Scotsman sits in steam at King’s Cross, London, for the station’s 170th anniversary. It will be there for two days (15 and 16 October).
At the National Railway Museum in York, an exhibition, Flying Scotsman: 100 Years, 100 Voices, launches on 10 February 2023.
It will showcase documents, photographs and stories from the museum’s archives as well as from a recent public call-out. A specially commissioned exhibition film will cement the legacy of the locomotive through the lives it touched.
The NRM’s Flying Scotsman Centenary Celebration runs from 1 – 16 April 2023.
Go along for this rare chance to see Flying Scotsman at the museum, which owns the loco.
And from 1 April, visitors can enjoy “a stunning new virtual reality immersive experience”.
Flying Scotsman VR takes people on a journey back in time and around the world as they join the greatest moments in the locomotive’s past 100 years.
The museum says: “Celebrating engineering brilliance and exploring the science behind steam power, this is a multisensory experience using cutting-edge technology to bring Flying Scotsman’s stories to life right in front of you.”
And you can see the Flying Scotsman on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire between 1 and 24 May 2023.
You can check out all the Flying Scotsman plans on the museum’s centenary calendar here.