Flying Scotsman

Starring Scotsman

Why is Flying Scotsman so well-known and how has that fame manifested itself? What is it about this particular engine that has captured the imagination of generations worldwide? Is its ‘media darling’ status deserved or is it merely a case of right place, right time?

This exhibition in our Gallery examines the highs and lows of Flying Scotsman’s rollercoaster career, from glamorous modernist icon, film star and world record breaker, to Sixties globetrotting symbol of the preservation movement and modern-day national treasure.

Find out more about what has made Scotsman’s celebrity status stick over the decades, in our Explore section.