Flying Scotsman

Scotsman on the tracks

Flying Scotsman update:

On 18 November during the ‘Flying Scotsman’-hauled service between York and Peterborough, a driving axle box bearing was found to be running warm.

As a precautionary measure, Flying Scotsman is now at Nene Valley Railway, where it is undergoing an engineering inspection. Unfortunately, the trips from Norwich, scheduled for this weekend, will not now be able to go ahead.

However, we can confirm that, thanks to the efforts of our train operator, West Coast Railways, along with Network Rail, Riley & Sons Engineering and tour operator Steam Dreams, the trips are in the process of being re-arranged for Saturday 11 November, instead of being cancelled. They will run to the same schedule and timings, subject to final confirmation from Network Rail.

Passengers should contact Steam Dreams for further information: / 01483 209 888.

We share the public’s disappointment that Flying Scotsman is unable to run this weekend, but problems are unfortunately always possible when operating an engine of any type and age on the railway network. Our priority is to identify and resolve any problems and to ensure that this historic locomotive is back in operation as soon as possible.

A further update on Flying Scotsman will be provided in due course.


See Flying Scotsman in action throughout 2017 and beyond as it hauls special tours across the UK.

Dates for Flying Scotsman’s 2018 operational calendar are currently in planning. Please keep checking here and on the National Railway Museum’s social media pages for updates.

Please note that the National Railway Museum is not running these tours – all enquiries about tickets and bookings should be made to the relevant tour operator:
Steam Dreams – 01483 209 888 (9am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday).
Railway Touring Company – 01553 661 500 (8.30am to 5pm, Monday-Friday & Saturday 9am to 4pm).
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – 01535 645214 (9.30am to 4.30pm daily).
Bluebell Railway – 01825 720800 (8.30am to 5pm daily).



21 October East Anglia Morning Flyer from Norwich Information and booking
21 October Norwich to London Information and booking
28 October The Cotswold Venturer – London Paddington, Slough, Reading, Didcot to Worcester Information and booking
4 November The Yorkshireman – London Ealing Broadway, St Albans, Luton, Bedford, Kettering to York (Flying Scotsman outward only) Information and booking

While we understand interest in Flying Scotsman will be extremely high, we urge those wishing to view it on its tour dates do so from a safe vantage point. It is vital that spectators do not venture onto the railway, particularly when it is on the mainline as a full timetable of regular services will also be running.