The Steam Dreams Rail Co are operating some trips in the Flying Scotsman timetable for 2020, offering the rare chance of travelling behind this iconic engine in full steam on the mainline at speeds of up to 75 mph.
The Flying Scotsman, the last original remaining of the most powerful A3 Class built, still holds two world records: the longest non-stop run at 441 miles (8 Aug 1989 in Australia), and the first steam locomotive officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (30 Nov 1934 in the UK).
So, tomorrow will be the 85th anniversary of her setting that record.
Steam Dreams are operating two day trips…
- London to Salisbury on 28th May 2020
- London to Oxford on 31st May 2020
… and a London to Edinburgh weekend short break from 2nd – 5th July, travelling the route for which it was named, the north east line up to Scotland.
Tickets for the day trips, with allocated seating in vintage carriages, start at £109 for Premium Standard class with complimentary tea, coffee and waiter service. Pullman Style Dining, where Champagne breakfasts and evening meals with wine and canapes are the order of the day costs £275.
The Flying Scotsman to Edinburgh tour over the July weekend starts at £349 up to £899 for Pullman Style Dining without accommodation. Accommodation in Edinburgh can be arranged by Steam Dreams at different hotels in the centre of the city, including the 5-star Balmoral Hotel
Built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works, Flying Scotsman (No.1472) was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the railway. She was used by LNER for their long-distance express services, notably on the London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman train service after which it was named.
These days heritage railways are having to address the problem of climate change. Steam Dreams says it is the first rail charter to go ‘carbon neutral’. Every year the company makes a donation to carbon reduction projects, to offset the carbon emissions that steam engines produce. This year they are sponsoring a solar project based in India, supporting India in the transition to a low carbon economy through renewable energy generation and they ask all their passengers to contribute a £1 voluntary supplement towards this cause.