Flying Scotsman Trips in 2022

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engine at full steam, but the 2022 programme will be reduced because at some point in the year Flying Scotsman will be withdrawn from service to be overhauled ready for its busy centenary anniversary in 2023.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.

 

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 (No. 60103) is owned by the National Railway Museum (Review here) and operated and maintained by Riley & Son (E) Ltd.

Image: Flying Scotsman pulling the Cathedrals Express train out of Edinburgh in 2016 – Graeme Pow (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

 

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    Hi Linda,
    I haven’t seen a detailed timetable. Often these appear in local newspapers, social media posts and on trainspotting forums nearer the time. All I know at this stage is that it is scheduled to depart London Paddington at 0845 arriving Oxford at 1100 (which seems like a rather long time to me, for a journey that normally takes just over an hour, but that may be to allow for meal service). Then it departs Oxford 1845 and arrives back in London at 2100.

    Alastair / Reply
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    Hi, is there a route available for the Flying Scotsman journey from London to Oxford on 13th March please? My dad, Colin Corcoran, drove the engine many times in his career as a railwayman. Now sadly in a home with Alzheimers and dementia, I would love to video the engine for him. Thank you

    Linda Williams / Reply

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