York’s own Flying Scotsman celebrates 100th birthday with steamy surprise
Iconic loco Flying Scotsman surprised travellers as it pulled into the Scottish capital to celebrate 100 years in service.
The world-famous steam locomotive entered service on 24 February, 1923 as it set off on its first journey from the sheds at Doncaster Works.
One hundred years later to the day today (Friday), and following a lick of paint, it arrived at Edinburgh Waverley station where celebrations took place to mark the centenary.
Poet Laureate Simon Armitage read out a poem called The Making Of The Flying Scotsman to mark the event.
Flying Scotsman was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and built in Doncaster.
Its achievements include hauling the inaugural non-stop London to Edinburgh train service in 1928, and becoming the UK’s first locomotive to reach 100mph six years later.
The National Railway Museum in York, where Flying Scotsman is a working exhibit, has organised a centenary programme featuring events and displays.
Judith McNicol, director of the museum, said: “Edinburgh Waverley is a fitting location to mark the centenary of the world’s most famous express passenger locomotive.
“It was here that Flying Scotsman completed its record-breaking, non-stop journey between London and Edinburgh in 1928, and Edinburgh is also the birthplace of Sir Nigel Gresley, Flying Scotsman’s designer.”
She said the locomotive will spend the rest of 2023 travelling across the country to allow as many people as possible to see it in its 100th anniversary year.
It will go back on show at the NRM in York this Easter, when the museum will also launch a cutting-edge Flying Scotsman VR experience.