Flying Scotsman, the world’s most famous locomotive, is coming home.
It will be back at the National Railway Museum this October half term (21 October – 5 November) as part of its centenary celebrations.
On static display on the historic turntable in the museum’s Great Hall, visitors will be able to see the locomotive in all its glory with a 360-degree view for free.
This is the legendary loco’s final visit to the museum during its centenary year. Flying Scotsman was last displayed on the turntable in 2016.
Visitors can also take a journey back in time through the locomotive’s greatest moments over the last 100 years in the multisensory Flying Scotsman VR experience.
A cast of historic figures take visitors through the Flying Scotsman’s story including the British Empire Exhibition, 100mph record-breaking run and journeys around North America and Australia.
Tickets for the VR experience must be booked in advance on the museum’s website.
The free centenary exhibition Flying Scotsman: 100 Years, 100 Voices will also be on display in the museum’s North Shed, which explores the human side of the locomotive’s legacy.
Museum director Judith McNicol said: “Flying Scotsman’s centenary is a fantastic opportunity for the public to see this world-famous locomotive, and we’re delighted that it will be on display on the turntable during the busy half term season.
“Visitors will be given a rare 360-degree view of the locomotive each day as part of a free museum admission ticket.”
Throughout the October half term, the museum’s largest ever family-focused interactive experience Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery, will be open after welcoming over 23,000 visitors since it opened in the summer.
After its visit to York, Flying Scotsman will be off to Edinburgh and then on to Locomotion, the NRM’s sister museum at Shildon, County Durham, at Christmas.