Flying Scotsman
60103 Flying Scotsman is undergoing winter maintenance.

Flying Scotsman Winter Update

As we head into the festive period, here’s a run through of the latest news and events involving the nation’s favourite famous green locomotive.

Flying Scotsman’s 2017 Tours

60103 Flying Scotsman will be back in 2017 on a number of excursions – from one-day jaunts to three-night breaks – operated by Steam Dreams and the Railway Touring Company. To keep up with the latest tour dates take a look at our Scotsman on the Tracks page, which will be updated when new tours are added and scheduled trips sell out. Please note all enquiries about tickets and bookings should be made to the relevant tour operator.

Meanwhile, the National Railway Museum has announced heritage railways Bluebell Railway, Keighley and Worth Valley, and West Somerset Railway will host Flying Scotsman in 2017. Tickets will be made available through each heritage railway’s website.

National Railway Museum director Paul Kirkman said: ‘We hope the public who will journey to view or travel behind the locomotive will join us in welcoming Flying Scotsman to these historic railways.’ Take a look at the press release to learn more.

60103 Flying Scotsman is being prepared for another round of events in 2017.
60103 Flying Scotsman is being prepared for another round of events in 2017.

Where can I see Flying Scotsman at the National Railway Museum?

Following its successful 2016 tour, Flying Scotsman is now undergoing maintenance in the National Railway Museum’s Workshop, where it is being prepared for next year’s programme of events.

The 60103 locomotive is located next to the National Railway Museum’s Great Hall and can be viewed from the Works Balcony.

Whilst the view of Flying Scotsman remains partially obscured at this time, our Workshop team have been working hard to give the best view we can.

Please note, due to the nature of works being carried out, Flying Scotsman may be moved at any time to locations in the Museum that are out of public view. Public announcements will be made on social media and our website if this happens.

You may be able to catch a glimpse of Flying Scotsman at the National Railway Museum's Workshop over winter.
You can catch a glimpse of Flying Scotsman at the National Railway Museum’s Workshop over winter.

Flying Scotsman hosts Channel 4’s ‘Deal or No Deal’

As well as taking part in a selection of steam tours this year, Flying Scotsman hosted a very special episode of C4 game show ‘Deal or No Deal’, coming to screens on 12 December.

In partnership with East Lancashire Railway, Flying Scotsman took the contestants – as well as a special guest and a packed audience carriage – on a memorable journey as they tried their hands at winning up to £250,000. Host Noel Edmonds said the special episodes were ‘some of the most ambitious ever attempted on television’.

Take a ride on Flying Scotsman in new BBC Four documentary ‘Flying Scotsman from the Footplate’

Flying Scotsman will be making another TV appearance over the festive period in new BBC Four documentary ‘Flying Scotsman from the Footplate’.

This immersive ‘slow TV’ experience places you in the driving seat of the world-famous steam locomotive to experience the sights, sounds and action as it steams across the Severn Valley Railway. Veteran driver Roger Norfolk takes the helm and fireman Ryan Green toils away, with support from the National Railway Museum’s Rail Operations Manager Noel Hartley.

The film by Roger Keech Productions broadcasts on 29 December at 9pm on BBC Four.

Flying Scotsman appears in BBC Two documentary series ‘Full Steam Ahead’

From 18 December all six episodes of the ‘Full Steam Ahead’ documentary series will broadcast on BBC Two. In the programme, historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn explore how the Victorian railways created modern Britain. The show by Lion Television was produced with input from the National Railway Museum. In the fourth episode – scheduled to broadcast on 21 December – Alex and Peter help get Flying Scotsman into steam before riding the famous locomotive from London to Edinburgh. Alex also experiences what life is like for catering staff with 250 hungry passengers on board.