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. Discover more about Scotsman.

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.

Scotsman is currently hauling tours round the UK.

  • World Records

  • Top Speed

  • Non-stop journey

Flying Scotsman Season

Get a flavour of our Scotsman Season here at the National Railway Museum in York and our sister museum in Shildon. Our season runs until 8 May in York then continues in Shildon in July.

About Flying Scotsman

Learn more about the Flying Scotsman