Steam locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman arrives at the Swanage Railway

60103 Flying Scotsman at Corfe Castle
Credit: Andrew P.M. Wright

The Swanage Railway has announced that Flying Scotsman has arrived on the Isle of Purbeck ahead of hauling services.

Flying Scotsman arrived on the Swanage Railway late on the afternoon of Tuesday, 19 March, 2019, after a two-day rail journey from the National Railway Museum in York.

Penny Vaudoyer, Alan Pegler’s daughter, will be flying in from her home in Portugal to wave the green flag on Swanage station at 10.05 am on Friday, 22 March, 2019.

While visiting Swanage, the iconic 1920s A3 class express engine will be reunited with a rare late 1940s Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage, known as Car 14, for the first time in almost 50 years.

The first five days, Friday, 22 March to Tuesday, 26 March, 2019, will see the locomotive haul trains between Swanage, Corfe Castle and Norden

From Wednesday, 27 March, to Wednesday, 10 April, 2019, the iconic steam locomotive and the Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage Car 14 will be on static display at Corfe Castle.

What did the officials say?

Swanage Railway business division director Mick Gould said:

“It’s wonderful to see ‘Flying Scotsman’ safely arrived at Swanage – she is certainly the people’s locomotive and still has a very special place in the nation’s heart judging by the public reaction.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to have ‘Flying Scotsman’ visit the Swanage Railway and we’re very grateful to the National Railway Museum for enabling the historic visit to take place,” added Mr Gould, a volunteer signalman and train guard on the popular heritage line which has been rebuilt from nothing since 1976.

“We look forward to welcoming Penny Vaudoyer to the Swanage Railway and sharing her wonderful memories of ‘Flying Scotsman’, the Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage Car 14 and her late father Alan Pegler to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.”

Penny Vaudoyer said:

“It will be a very moving moment for me to see the ‘Flying Scotsman’ and its Pullman observation carriage again because I have so many wonderful memories. That’s why I am so happy to be coming to Swanage to send off the first train of the day – it’s quite an honour that I am really looking forward to.”

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