WATCH: steam locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman steams through Rotherham and Chesterfield


Sunday 5th May 2019 saw the world famous 60103 Flying Scotsman haul the final day of The Great Britain XII.

The Great Britain XII Day 9 tour ran from Scarborough to Reading (originally heading to London Paddington) via York, the East Midlands & the West Midlands.

This day saw the A3 head through places such as Seamer, York, Church Fenton, Doncaster, the Rotherham area, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Burton on Trent, Tamworth, Water Orton, the Birmingham area, Solihull, Dorridge, Banbury, Oxford, Didcot & Reading.

The Great Britain tour is a 9-day trip which runs once a year from usually in late April to early May. It runs around the country travelling through England, Scotland & Wales.

This year’s tour has been hauled by locomotives such as 6233 Duchess of Sutherland, 60009 Union of South Africa, Black Five 44871, Thompson B1 1264, 35018 British India Line & 60103 Flying Scotsman.

Unfortunately, a broken piece of rail in the Sheffield area and many trespassers in the West Midlands the tour was heavily delayed. This meant that a Class 37 would haul her to Reading where the tour terminated at instead of London Paddington 

Sunday 5th May saw RailView filmed 60103 Flying Scotsman at places such as the disused Rotherham Masborough Station, South Yorkshire, passing through on time at 12:12, York, arriving 3 mins late at 13:06 & departing 5 mins late at 13:11. Aiskew Level Crossing (just outside Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire) passing through at 16:11 passing through no report. Thirsk, Yorkshire, 1 min late at 17:42. Church Fenton for the 2nd time passing through on time at 18:30 & Burton Salmon, Yorkshire passing through on time at 19:26.

Here are some images from our day

Flying Scotsman
Credit: RailView
Flying Scotsman
Credit: RailView
Flying Scotsman
Credit: RailView

Info about 60103 Flying Scotsman:

  • Built at Doncaster Works by the GNR in 1923.
  • She was classified as an A1 Pacific.
  • Numbered 1472.
  • In 1924, she was renumbered 4472 and was named Flying Scotsman after the world famous The Flying Scotsman train service.
  • In 1924 & 1925, she took part in the famous British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Park in London.
  • In 1928, she hauled the first non-stop run from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley. 
  • In 1929, she starred in a movie The Flying Scotsman.
  • In 1934, she became the first official Steam Locomotive to run at 100MPH.
  • In 1946, she was renumbered twice, first being 502 & later in the year to 103.
  • In 1947 she was reclassified as an A3 Pacific. 
  • In 1948, she was renumbered by BR to 60103.
  • In 1960, she was fitted with a Kylchap chimney and smoke deflectors to increase performance. 
  • She was withdrawn from service by BR in 1963.
  • She was purchased for preservation in 1963 by Alan Pegler.
  • In 1968, she hauled a non-stop run from London to Edinburgh to celebrate its 40th anniversary of the first non-stop run.
  • In 1969, she was taken on tour to the USA.
  • In 1971, Alan Pegler became bankrupt and Flying Scotsman was stranded in San Fransisco.
  • In 1973, She was saved by Sir William McAlpine and was return to the UK by a ship via the Panama Canal.
  • When arrived at Liverpool Docks, she was taken to Derby Works for an overhaul.
  • In 1978, she starred in the movie, Agatha.
  • In 1988, she went on tour to Australia replacing 4468 Mallard at the bicentenary celebrations .
  • In 1989, she made the longest non stop steam run in the world, running 422 miles without stopping.
  • She returned to the UK in 1990.
  • In 1993 she returned to BR condition with double chimney & smoke deflectors.
  • She was purchased by Dr Tony Marchington in 1996.
  • In 2003, Tony Marchington was declared bankrupt. 
  • She was purchased by the National Railway Museum in 2004.
  • In 2006, she was withdrawn for overhaul.
  • 10 Years later in 2016, she returned to service.
  • She now tours the country for many people to see.

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    • Hi Lee,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Flying Scotsman is known as 4472 in her LNER identity, however, currently, she is seen in BR livery, so is known as 60103.

      And, as you rightly said, 60163 is Tornado, however, isn’t mentioned in this particular article.

      I hope this helps




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