Flying Scotsman Trips in 2021

Once again, the Flying Scotsman programme of trips in 2021 is dominated by her two primary steam tour operators: Steam Dreams Rail Co (SDR) and The Railway Touring Company (RTC), offering the rare chance of travelling behind this iconic engine in full steam on the mainline and at speeds of up to 75mph.

The programme is very similar to previous years, including those popular SDR lunchtime & evening elegant dining trips into the Surrey Hills from London Victoria, and their 3-night London Kings Cross to Edinburgh tour with excursions into Fife across the Forth Rail Bridge. Meanwhile RTC will again be running their days trips from Manchester to Stratford, London to Skegness, London to Worcester, and London to York.

Obviously though, the Flying Scotsman 2020 programme didn’t go quite according to plan! And though the operators are cautiously optimistic that 2021 will go better, the programme may/will be ‘subject to change’. Some details are yet to be confirmed and some events yet to be added.

Flying Scotsman Programme for 2021

 

2–6 April ELR Bury to Heywood & Rawtenstall  
Sat 10 April RTC “The Stratford Flyer” – Manchester Piccadilly to Stratford upon Avon Return  
Sat 15 May RTC “The Jolly Fisherman” – London Kings Cross to Skegness Return  
Thu 20 May SDR Surrey Hills tour from London Victoria As in previous years, SDR are operating a lunchtime and then dinner time service from Victoria
Sun 23 May SDR London to Oxford Return & afternoon tour from Oxford Limited availability
Thu 27 May SDR London to Salisbury Return & afternoon tour from Salisbury Limited availability
Sun 6 June SDR London Paddington to Winchester & Southampton Return  
Sat 12 June RTC “The Cotswold Venturer” – London Paddington to Worcester Return  
Sat 19 June RTC “The White Rose” – London Kings Cross to York Return  
24 – 27 June SDR London to Edinburgh Return, 3-night tour Departing Kings Cross. Excursions from Edinburgh out to Fife across the Forth Bridge on Fri 25th. Returns to London Euston.
Sun 11 Jul RTC “The Waverley” – York to Carlisle Return  
Sat 24 Jul RTC “The Hadrian” – Derby to Carlisle Return  
25 Jul – 19 Aug LOC Locomotion festival at Shildon Details TBC
Sun 22 Aug RTC “The Waverley” – York to Carlisle Return  
Thu 16 Sep A1 Settle & Carlisle Railway trip from York Dual event with Tornado. Coaches travel to York from Peterborough, Newark & Doncaster
Sat 18 Sep A1 Settle & Carlisle Railway trip from Preston Dual event with Tornado. Coaches travel to Preston from Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Crewe & Warrington
21 Sep – 7 Oct MNR Trips to/from Dereham + static displays  

 

ELR = East Lancashire Railway
RTC = The Railway Touring Company
SDR = The Steam Dreams Rail Company
LOC = Locomotion Museum
A1 = A1 Steam Locomotive Trust
MNR = Mid-Norfolk Railway

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 she was named.

She 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).

Flying Scotsman is owned by the National Railway Museum (Review here) and operated and maintained by Riley & Son (E) Ltd.

Image: Nigel Menzies (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 

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