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|
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.