The future of legendary locomotive Flying Scotsman is being ‘carefully considered’.
Those are the words of its owner, the National Railway Museum.
And it won’t be returning to the museum on Leeman Road in York after its centenary celebrations come to an end in three weeks’ time.
Riley and Sons in Lancashire are contracted to maintain the engine when it is out on the mainline. But that contract runs out at the end of the year.
The museum told Rail Advent that Flying Scotsman will be on display at its sister museum Locomotion in Shildon from tomorrow (16 December) and 7 January.
After this date, the locomotive will remain in Shildon – though not on display.
A museum spokesperson said “The National Railway Museum is focused on the delivery of Flying Scotsman’s centenary celebrations which will conclude with a visit to Locomotion in Shildon between 16 December and 7 January.
“The current contract to maintain and operate Flying Scotsman runs until December 2023.
“After the success of Flying Scotsman’s centenary year, and the locomotive’s two popular visits to the NRM, the future operation of Flying Scotsman after this date is being carefully considered.
“Future arrangements will ensure people have the opportunity to see and experience one of the collection’s star objects and will conserve and safeguard the locomotive’s future.
“The National Railway Museum is committed to making Flying Scotsman as accessible to all and this includes building on the success it’s had in our museums in the centenary year and operating it up and down the country.”
In September, Flying Scotsman was involved in a low-speed shunting collision with another engine at Aviemore Railway Station in Scotland.