The Flying Scotsman reduced programme of trips for 2022 is running a little late (normally the core schedule is announced in early December). However, the National Rail Museum (owner) says it should be released in the next few weeks.
The Flying Scotsman usually spends her year pulling trains for a number of heritage railways and commercial rail operators, giving the public a chance to travel in a range of elegant coaches behind this iconic engine at full steam, but the 2022 programme will be reduced because at some point in the year Flying Scotsman will be withdrawn from service to be overhauled ready for its busy centenary anniversary in 2023.
That said, one of the main operators, Steam Dreams Rail Co (SDR) has released details of some day trips from London in March 2022.
As other dates become known, I’ll add them here.
Flying Scotsman Programme for 2022
|Sun 13 March||SDR||London – Oxford Day Trip||SDR are operating two return trips, in the morning and the evening, from London Paddington with dining on board. (Fully booked already)|
|Thu 17 March||SDR||London – Kent Day Trip||Two return trips, in the morning and the evening, from London Victoria to Canterbury West with dining on board.|
|Thu 24 March||SDR||London – Salisbury Day Trip||Two return trips, in the morning and the evening, from London Victoria to Salisbury with dining on board.|
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).