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Flying Scotsman - The Magical Steam Train Returns to King's Cross Station

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 Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman returned to service on Thursday 25 February 2016, following a £4.2 million restoration. Scheduled to leave London King's Cross for York at 7.40am, I felt totally privileged to be there and wave her off. A huge Thank You to the National Railway Museum in York for leading the campaign to save this magnificent locomotive. Here are a few photos of an unforgettable day. Enjoy!

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 Lovely crowd and such a happy atmosphere, with everyone just delighted to be there and be part of it 

Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster, Yorkshire in 1923. She was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, railway engineer, who also designed Mallard. The Flying Scotsman transported passengers between London King's Cross and Edinburgh Waverley stations. In 1963 she retired from service from British Rail and in 2004 was bought for the nation. 

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 It was truly inspirational to see the Flying Scotsman

Michael Portillo and Flying Scotsman

Michael Portillo

No Great British Railway Journey would be complete without Michael Portillo and his beloved Bradshaw's Railway Guide.  I didn't want to assume he was holding a Bradshaw so I asked him and he kindly posed for a photograph.

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The Flying Scotsman has been repainted in BR Green livery

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 The crew on the footplate 

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 The footplate

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 Getting ready for the off

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The highlight of highlights the sound of her whistle and the billowing steam

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 Almost time to go

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Flying Scotsman

If you enjoyed this you might like to visit the Flying Scotsman at the National Railway Museum in York. It's one of my favourite museums with lots of cool and interesting things to see. It is just a few minutes walk from York Railway Station. Admission and many of its events are free. For ideas of other things to do in York see my blog. 

If you liked this you may like to read my blog abot St Alban's Signal Box

The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds.