Flying Scotsman on display at Locomotion this summer

06 July 2021
The famous steam locomotive will be on display at Locomotion in Shildon this year, which will be the only chance to see Flying Scotsman up close in the North East in 2021.

Fans of Flying Scotsman will be offered the opportunity to see the locomotive up close for free from July 28 until August 17, after the Museum had to reschedule the visit last year following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Built in Doncaster in 1923 to operate high-speed passenger services on the east coast main line between London and Edinburgh, the engine quickly became a celebrity. 

The locomotive broke several records: in 1928 hauling the first regular service to travel non-stop between London and Edinburgh and in 1934 Flying Scotsman became the first locomotive in the world to achieve an authenticated speed of 100mph.

The record-breaking A3 class Pacific locomotive will be positioned outside the main visitor hall and visitors will be able to learn more about the engine with a series of talks from experts, including the free presentation ‘Flying Scotsman: how good is it?’.

As well as the chance to see the locomotive, visitors can also take part in free, environmentally-themed family learning activities, which take place daily throughout the school summer holidays.

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Please note: Steam rides behind Flying Scotsman will not be taking place during the visit.

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