In Pictures: Flying Scotsman returns to steam for the first time in a decade

| 11 January 2015

In Pictures: Flying Scotsman in steam once again

In the early hours of Friday morning engineers prepared to light the fire of Flying Scotsman, as it prepared to take to the tracks under steam for the first time in a decade.

Departing from Bolton Street Station in its black undercoat, the legendary loco began a series of weekend test runs to mark the completion of a painstaking £4.2 million restoration project by specialist engineers at Riley and Son Ltd, appointed by the York-based National Railway Museum who own the engine.

The test runs took place along 12 miles of the East Lancashire Railway in Bury near to the restoration workshops.

a photo of a man standing on the front above the buffers of the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive
Engineers prepare to light the fire of the Flying Scotsman© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd
a photo of a man standing next to the Flying Scotsman steam engine outside an engine shed in the dark early hours of the morning
Flying Scotsman prepares to be under steam for the first time in a decade© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd
a photo of a man checking valves on the side of Flying Scotsman in the twilight of the early morning
© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd
a photo of a man in a high-vis jacket loading coal into the boiler of Flying Scotsman
Stoking the fire of Flying Scotsman© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd
a photograph of Flying Scotsman steaming in the twilight of the early morning
Flying Scotsman re-awakens© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd
a photo of two steam locomotives with several men making adjustments to the Flying Scotsman
As the light of the morning approaches engineers make final checks and adjustments© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd
a photo of Flying Scotsman and another steam locomotive outside an engine shed with steam emanating from them
© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd
a photo of the front end of Flying Scotsman enveloped in steam
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a photo of Fkying Scotsman steaming over a viaduct
Full steam ahead, Flying Scotsman is put through her paces © Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd
Flying Scotsman steaming over a bridge through a northern town
© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd
60103 Flying Scotsman, resplendent in its new BR green livery, will make its full inaugural run between London Kings Cross and York in February (dates tbc) with the locomotive due back at the National Railway Museum on February 26 when it will be in steam in the North Yard area of the museum until March 1.

It will then take pole position on the turntable in the Great Hall between March 6 and March 12.

Scotsman will then be heading back out onto the tracks with Riley & Son Ltd managing the operation of the locomotive for the first two years.

'Scotsman on the Tracks' begins with a spell on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (March 12 – 20) before undertaking more than twenty further appearances across the UK over the summer.

For full details including timetable and booking details visit nrm.org.uk/flyingscotsman/scotsman-season.aspx.

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It is great to see this wonderful locomotive back in steam, the sole survivor of its class and a tribute to its designer, Sir Nigel Gresley.
It must also be remembered that but for Alan Pegler, who saved 'Flying Scotsman' from the scrap heap, incredible as it may now seem the loco was not listed for preservation by British Railways.
In the 1970's I worked on the footplate at Kings Cross with men who had worked on the A3's in service and I have always had an affection for Gresley's engines.
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