Steam locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman to visit the Swanage Railway

Flying Scotsman passes 34092 'City of Wells' at Ramsbottom
Flying Scotsman passes 34092 'City of Wells' at Ramsbottom // Credit: RailAdvent

The Swanage Railway has announced that LNER A3 60103 Flying Scotsman will be visiting the line in 2019.

The locomotive will also be reunited with a rare Pullman observation carriage for the first time in almost 50 years.

Flying Scotsman will be on the Purbeck heritage railway for 20 days from Friday, 22 March to Wednesday, 10 April 2019, inclusive.

It was between 1969 and 1972 that ‘Flying Scotsman’ ran with the Devon Belle Car 14 in the United States of America during a tour of the country aimed at promoting British exports.

‘Flying Scotsman’ will be hauling five seven-carriage trains a day from Swanage to Corfe Castle and Norden for five days from Friday 22 March to Tuesday 26 March 2019 with ticket-only access to stations for the public.

The iconic steam locomotive will then spend 15 days on display at Corfe Castle station – coupled to the Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage Car 14 – between Wednesday 27 March and Wednesday 10 April, 2019, with ticket-only access to view.

  • Flying Scotsman – Standard Seat – £40 (Adult or Child (5-15))
  • Flying Scotsman – Premium* Seat – £45 (Adult or Child (5-15))
    • *Seats in the Buffet Car and Swanage End Carriage
    • Includes Feeder service and access to viewing areas.
  • Under 5 – FREE (Do not occupy a seat)
  • Feeder Train Only
    • Adult – £20
    • Child (5-15) – £15
    • Under 5 – FREE
    • Includes access to viewing areas
  • Devon Belle Pullman Observation Car 14
    • Champagne and Canapes – £85.00
What did the officials say?

Swanage Railway volunteer Mick Gould – Swanage Railway Company business division director and chairman of the No. 60103 Steering Group said:

“The trustees, directors, staff and dedicated volunteers of the Swanage Railway are delighted that the Railway has been successful in its bid to host ‘Flying Scotsman’.

“We are extremely grateful to the National Railway Museum for giving the Swanage Railway the opportunity to host such a unique and historic event to operate and display the world famous ‘Flying Scotsman’ which is such an icon.

“It will be the first time is almost 50 years that No. 60103 and the unique Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage – known as Car 14 – will operate together since they ran as a pair across the USA between 1969 and 1972,” explained Mr Gould, a volunteer Swanage Railway train guard and signalman.

Swanage Railway Trust trustee and Swanage Railway Company chairman Trevor Parsons explained:

“With uniformed attendants serving champagne and canapés to passengers on board the Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage, Car 14 will be coupled directly behind ‘Flying Scotsman’ when it hauls trains on the Swanage Railway.

“That will give Pullman passengers a rare chance to enjoy the delights of travelling in style behind, and watching, the world’s most famous steam locomotive as it travels through the beautiful Purbeck countryside and past the historic ruins of Corfe Castle.

“‘Flying Scotsman’ last visited the Swanage Railway in 1994 – when it only hauled trains to Harman’s Cross – so it’s very exciting that No. 60103 will be hauling trains all the way to Corfe Castle and Norden,” added Mr Parsons, a volunteer signalman and train guard on the Swanage Railway which has been built from nothing since 1976.

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Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.