24 February 2023
Models of 'Flying Scotsman' as part of the National Collection in Miniature Series to be released alongside wagon range.
Friday February 24, 2023, marks 100 years since Flying Scotsman – arguably, the world’s most famous steam locomotive – set off on its first journey from the sheds at Doncaster Works. To mark the centenary, model manufacturers Locomotion Models and Hornby have worked in partnership to release an exclusive model of Flying Scotsman as part of the National Collection in Miniature Series.
Pre-orders for the ‘Flying Scotsman’ 1924 British Empire Exhibition Condition – available from summer 2023 – open today via the Locomotion Models website.
Also launched today and available immediately are four souvenir Centenary Wagons, commemorating the history of Flying Scotsman’s livery and numbers over the last century. Flying Scotsman is a star attraction in the collection of the National Railway Museum (part of the Science Museum Group) in York, where it is a working museum exhibit.
Synonymous with the golden age of rail travel, the locomotive is renowned as a feat of design and engineering. Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, it was the first locomotive of the newly formed LNER (London and North Eastern Railway) and originally numbered 1472. It was given its name in 1924 after the daily 10am London King’s Cross to Edinburgh Waverley rail service.
Supported by lead centenary sponsor Hornby, the Museum has put together a centenary programme for 2023. Families and rail enthusiasts from across the UK can book tickets to an event near them by visiting the National Railway Museum’s website.
Simon Kohler, Marketing & Development Director of Hornby, said: “Quite a few years ago I managed to persuade my then CEO that Hornby should create a suite of tools that would allow us to produce as many variants of Flying Scotsman as possible. Through these models, Hornby has had the privilege of forging a strong relationship with both the NRM and the Science Museum. We are proud and honoured to be part of Flying Scotsman’s centenary celebrations.”
To commemorate 100 years of Flying Scotsman, Locomotion Models is releasing four Flying Scotsman centenary wagons. Each wagon represents a chapter in the life of this iconic locomotive and shows a different livery to celebrate the different appearances the locomotive has sported throughout the century.
R60171 Centenary Wagon - LNER Green 4472. By February 1924, the locomotive appeared in its LNER apple green livery. It had also been named ‘Flying Scotsman’ after the daily service between London and Edinburgh, and given the number 4472, as shown in its first centenary wagon.