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@PeriodPictoria1 Flying Scotsman is currently touring the UK. You can find out more on our dedicated website: https://t.co/MNZClSeRXq
50 years ago, Flying Scotsman was blazing its way across the United States. Here it is in Texas, ready to continue… https://t.co/p9CHS2BabY
@russellthevoice @sainlouise1 @j30moo It was great to have you visit! We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Be honest... how many of you have used one of these? Yes, this British Rail sick bag is part of our collection. https://t.co/ZA7JEivnCy
We know, we know, we know - it's only November!! But just in case you do like to plan ahead, here's what we're up t… https://t.co/n0FuKIt9va
The first woman to be accepted to train as a driver on Britain's railways was born on this day in 1960. Karen Harri… https://t.co/K8tumZuWBu
@MorningFilth Unfortunately Flying Scotsman will not be at the museum this weekend, as it is currently touring the UK.
@MorningFilth All information available about Flying Scotsman can be found on our dedicated website: https://t.co/k2EdihWcty
You can learn more about the lives of railway workers at our seminar on 27 November: https://t.co/Tg3asK0Yw4
Navvies were the workers who laid down railway lines throughout Britain. This picture from 1892 shows a group of Na… https://t.co/YXJ2oQUXnz
Throwback to British Rail Inter-City sleeping carriages. Would you choose 'stylish, trendy, tasteful and warm' or '… https://t.co/3wtbyRsVBc
These trains were nicknamed 'the Flying Banana' thanks to the eye-catching livery. But this particular engine is na… https://t.co/0XBPtwYRCf
Also known as the InterCity 125, this remarkable train became the backbone of our high speed rail network after it… https://t.co/GgxoZ5e6hZ
It's true! Sir Kenneth Grange is pride of place on our turntable. The Class 43 High-Speed Train is Britain's most i… https://t.co/BDvrzdAXyD
@ORailways Absolutely! Here's two we could find on our collections database: https://t.co/rY93Ehbje7 https://t.co/0TR2gqCKhT
I saw Flying Scotsman screaming through Doncaster on the non stop run and have followed her ever since then. Loved it when she returned to York and had a great trip from York to Scarborough, and only last week I got to go in the cab. Also had great views on North York moors railway.
My dad worked on the railway during the war doing his apprenticeship as a fitter and turner at Statford, East London. And my Uncle used to drive the US ambulance trains which operated around England during that time and then later became a Diesel train driver on the Eastern Region, Liverpool Street Line. The money paid to railway workers was very poor during and after the war I can remember my dad bringing home old sleepers strapped to his back on his bike so we could keep the fire going.
My mother, Mrs Vera Pass was the first woman to work at Retford Loco sheds during the war,they advertised for staff,my mother applied,and the foreman was surprised but said he was not looking for women, but dammed if wouldn't give her a go. She ended up a fitters mate. One day 'The Flying Scotchman' came in with a problem, it was worked on and my mother asked to drive it out the shed which she did and a short run to check it was okay. She later left to have a baby, my father got a Military Medal and was mentioned in dispatches.
When my dad was Foreman at Euston station. When me and my brother were children we use to go over to the flying scotsman and stand by the fireman dad would explain to us about the engine and have bacon and egg off the shovel.
In the early 1950's, I was a keen Loco. Spotter in Cambridge. On one of several occasions, the Scotsman was on the Cambridge Buffet Express to Kings Cross. I was on the Platform next to the Engine and talking to the Driver about driving such a powerful Loco. Much to my surprise and delight, he asked if I would like to get on the Footplate. Checking that no-one was looking, he helped me up, saying "Don't touch any thing and keep away from the Firebox" He then let me sit in his Driver's Seat. What a wonderful experience, sitting there, with the Engine pulsating and the warmth from the Firebox, something I will always remember. I then left the Cab and watched The Scotsman power off to London. With great delight, I told my friends that I had "cabbed" the Flying Scotsman.
I'm not sure exactly when this happened, but I am guessing it was 1994 or 1995. I was driving to work along the A312 around Hayes, when I spotted the 'Flying Scotsman' on a low loader, parked in a lay-by. How could I resist stopping to take a closer look? I pulled up behind the trailer and walked toward the object of my childhood fascination. As a mid-thirties 'professional' it took some wrestling with my conscience before I abandoned my 'grown-up' persona and climbed up onto the footplate. Imagine my sensation as I stood on the footplate of, yes THE FLYING SCOTSMAN! Clad in a business suit that was rapidly acquiring the grime of footplate life, did I care? Not a chance! I was going to be late for work and nobody was going to interfere!
In 1981 when I was 13 years old I was chosen to play a leading role in a television advertising campaign for Hovis. The advertisement was called 'Trainspotters' and was filmed at the Keighley Worth Valley Railway over three days. Filming of the advertisement was put back twice and from what I remember the Flying Scotsman made the journey from The Railway Museum, York for filming. The excitement of the filming, the lighting, re-shooting scenes and not only seeing the Flying Scotsman for the first time but the section of filming sitting inside the locomotion was something that will stay with me forever.
When the Scotsman came into Doncaster for a refit when Mr Peglar owned this fantastic engine prior to going to the USA I worked on it's electrics. I should have gone with the Scotsman to the USA but the Foreman went in place of me. I was glad in a way as it broke down and a rescue fund had to be raised to bring her home. I worked on all the steam Loco's that came into Doncaster and they all got repaired in the Crane shop . I was a very lucky Apprentice . I have lasting memories of such great pieces of history . The Mallard, Sir Nigel Gresley to name just a couple. I never got to ride on any of them that I worked on which is a shame.
As a young child I lived in a third floor flat overlooking the main Kings Cross to York line. My father knew a lot about trains and always knew when the Flying Scotsman was due. We would all stand on our balcony waiting for the event with great excitement. There was a tunnel very close by and if Scotsman was on the way to Kings Cross we would first be greeted by a huge cloud of steam, then the beautiful Scotsman would appear. We would also get a glorious whiff of the smell, nothing else like it ever.
Whilst a student in the summer of 1963 I was working in the BR Research Dept in Doncaster. Walking through the 'Plant' one day I came across a gentleman standing by the Scotsman. He asked if I would like to help with the engine preparation if I could spare the time. That man was Alan Peglar!