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


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  
29 – 30 Aug ELR Return journeys from Bury to Rawtenstall Tickets on sale: 9 Apr
3 – 5 Sep ELR Return journeys from Bury to Rawtenstall Tickets on sale: 9 Apr
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 Just Go! Holidays and National Holidays will be offering a range of breaks featuring trips on the Flying Scotsman while on the mid-Norfolk Railway.


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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  1. Hi, can anyone tell me if the Scotsman will be calling into Newcastle Central Station on this trip and roughly what time please

    Paul Blades / Reply
  2. Hi. Is it possible to book a trip on flying Scotsman for 2022.?

    Elizabeth Venter / Reply
  3. Is the London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman trip in June the only one this year or is there another tour later. And what is the cost please. Thank you

    Mary wells / Reply
    • Hi Mary, Yes, I believe this is the only one. Checking the details in the Steam Dreams brochure it looks like prices are from £599 to £1699, but I suggest you give them a call (01483 209 888) because the pricing structure is quite complex and I don’t know how many places they have left, if any.

      Alastair / Reply (in reply to Mary wells)
  4. How do you find out what time it will be coming through a particular station? We are in Cheltenham and I believe it will be coming sometime in June.

    Emma page / Reply
    • Hi Emma,
      Good question. It looks to me that the trip you are thinking of is the Cotswolds Venturer on 12 June, which passes through Cheltenham…? On the booking page there are timings for departures at each end of the route, so you might be able to work out a rough guesstimate of when it will pass through. OR you could ask at the station next time you are passing, I’m sure they’ll know.
      The other possibility nearer the time, is the Rail Advent Mainline Steam Movements database.

      Alastair / Reply (in reply to Emma page)
  5. Hello, is this program going ahead as listed – in the present, still somewhat, restricted environment?

    Four of us are keen to book over the month next month/six weeks.

    Thank you, David

    David / Reply
    • Hi David, Yes I believe it is for the most part. Over the last six weeks I keep seeing articles in the Reach Group of local newspapers confirming ‘where you can see the Flying Scotsman in’ South Yorkshire / Staffordshire / Lancashire / etc. One of the latest here. So, yes, it all looks promising. Check with the operators, and enjoy your trip(s)!

      Alastair / Reply (in reply to David)
  6. Hi do you have a pricelist for tickets
    Thanks Tina Doig

    Tina / Reply
    • Fraid not, Tina. The operators (links to them above) have the up to date prices.

      Alastair / Reply (in reply to Tina)
  7. 18 September trip from Wolverhampton what is cost and hopfull itinerary thanks

    Dave Berridge / Reply
  8. Hi, where would I find more information about booking The Stratford Flyer for Sat.April 10th. Times and price please.

    Karen Grimshaw / Reply

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