Flying Scotsman

The Nation’s Favourite Locomotive

Flying Scotsman was originally built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), emerging from the works on 24 February 1923 and initially numbered 1472. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the railway.

By 1924, when it was selected to appear at the British Empire Exhibition in London, the loco had been renumbered 4472 – and been given the name ‘Flying Scotsman’ after the London to Edinburgh rail service which started daily at 10am in 1862. Discover Scotsman.

When can I see Flying Scotsman at the National Railway Museum?
Between 26 February until 7 March and again between 25 March and 8 May.

Flying Scotsman
  • World Records

  • Top Speed

  • Non-stop journey

Flying Scotsman Season

Get a flavour of what’s to come in our Scotsman Season here at the National Railway Museum in York from end February 2016.

Service with Style

Since 1862, the 'Flying Scotsman' train service has been transporting passengers between London and Edinburgh in true style. The Flying Scotsman story is rooted in the origins of the railways in nineteenth-century Britain.