The Mid Norfolk Railway has announced that world-famous LNER A3 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman will be visiting them for the first time in October 2021.
The visit of Flying Scotsman was meant to take place in October 2020, but the programme for Flying Scotsman was cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Owned by the National Railway Museum, Flying Scotsman will visit the Mid Norfolk Railway for ten days, with a mixture of static display and hauling trains along the 11-mile line.
George Saville, General Manager of the MNR, said: “All of us at the railway are looking forward to welcoming this famous engine to the railway and being joined by the many enthusiasts who will travel here to experience a ride on a train hauled by Flying Scotsman.
“This year has seen the coaching stock refurbished and significantly added to, which means that our passengers will be travelling in greater comfort behind Flying Scotsman along our beautiful line.”
The visit of Flying Scotsman will take place from Friday 2nd October to Sunday 18th October 2021.
A further announcement in the New Year will confirm when tickets will go on sale.
Since returning to passenger service in 2016, Flying Scotsman has made trips to various heritage railways, such as the East Lancashire Railway and Swanage Railway, as well as hauling a number of tours.
Charlie Robinson, the Chairman of the Railway Trust said: “We, at the railway, look forward to the visit of the Flying Scotsman and are planning to make sure our visitors will be able to get up close and personal to this famous steam engine here at the Mid-Norfolk Railway.”
Sarah Price, head of rail operations at the National Railway Museum, said: “Flying Scotsman’s plans for 2020 had to be postponed following the coronavirus pandemic and I am very pleased to announce the visit to Mid-Norfolk Railway which is the first date to be confirmed from Flying Scotsman’s draft 2021 touring schedule.”
Colin Green, Director at Riley & Son (E) Ltd, said: “I am very pleased that Flying Scotsman will be visiting the MNR after all in 2021 and I am looking forward to seeing the famous engine back in action.”
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