The National Railway Museum has released a statement regarding the maintenance contract of world-famous steam locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman.
Currently, Riley and Sons (E) Ltd in Lancashire are contracted to maintain the locomotive when it is out on the mainline.
However, this contract runs out in December 2023, and the NRM says it is ‘considering' the future of Flying Scotsman's operation after this date.
The NRM have also told RailAdvent that Flying Scotsman will travel to Shildon later this month to be on display between the 16th December and 7th January, and after this date, the locomotive will remain in Shildon (though it will not be on display).
An NRM spokesperson said “The National Railway Museum is focused on the delivery of Flying Scotsman's centenary celebrations which will conclude with a visit to Locomotion in Shildon between 16 December and 7 January.
“The current contract to maintain and operate Flying Scotsman runs until December 2023. After the success of Flying Scotsman's centenary year, and the locomotive's two popular visits to the NRM, the future operation of Flying Scotsman after this date is being carefully considered.
“Future arrangements will ensure people have the opportunity to see and experience one of the collection's star objects and will conserve and safeguard the locomotive's future. The National Railway Museum is committed to making Flying Scotsman as accessible to all and this includes building on the success it's had in our museums in the centenary year and operating it up and down the country.”
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