Full steam ahead for the Flying Scotman at the National Railway Museum
PUBLISHED: 13:41 27 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:37 20 February 2013
The Flying Scotsman returns to steam this month following a meticulous restoration at York's National Railway Museum. Jo Haywood jumps aboard
Full steam tests are being carried out at York station in late June. The Flying Scotsman will be seen for the first time in its glorious apple green livery in July and finally, in August, it will be displayed for all to see at the NRM.
For more information, visit the official website at flyingscotsman.org.uk or nrm.org.uk.
Friday 27 May 2011, 7.30pm - National Railway Museum Director Steve Davies counts down to the unveiling of Flying Scotsman 4472, temporarily painted in LNER Wartime Black.
The next opportunity to see Flying Scotsman on the turntable will be in August, when it will be painted in Apple Green. http://www.nrm.org.uk/flyingscotsman
The print version of this article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life
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There are few engines that get peoples pistons pumping like the Flying Scotsman. Yes, the Duchess of Hamilton is a glamorous grand dame and the Bullet is a real shot in the arm, but nothing really comes close to good old No.4472.
Which is why the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York is bracing itself for a bumper summer. Thousands of steam fans are expected to chug their way along to the Leeman Road museum when the Flying Scotsman returns to public view after a painstaking restoration by the NRMs talented workshop team.
When it was mooted that this iconic loco might be sold abroad in 2004, children handed over their pocket money and pensioners dug out their cheque books in a bid to ensure it was saved for the nation and kept on British soil. Their generosity, backed by the National Heritage Memorial Fund, enabled the NRM the worlds largest railway museum to make a successful bid of 2 million to secure the fate of the engine.
A crucial part of the deal was the promise that the Flying Scotsman would be given the best possible care to ensure it could sashay gracefully along the east coast main line for years to come a promise the NRM has happily fulfilled.
The restoration process has been generously supported by Tata Steel, formerly Corus, as well as a 275,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and numerous donations from generous organisations and individuals.
And now, after years of hard slog, the public have recently had their first glimpse of the Flying Scotsman on the huge turntable in the NRMs Great Hall during a special preview weekend.
Although she wasnt 100 per cent complete by then, we couldnt resist giving the public the opportunity to see her looking like a steam engine again, said Helen Ashby, head of knowledge and collections. There has been a lot of anticipation surrounding the return of No.4472 and we couldnt wait to give the public the chance to get up close to her again.
Early visitors saw the Flying Scotsman painted in wartime LNER black for the first time since the 1940s. This is the livery it will continue to carry for its steam tests and commissioning runs in the early summer.
The last time she was seen in this livery was in the Second World War, said Steve Davies, director of the NRM. And this will be the first time that No.4472, or any other North Eastern Pacific, has been seen in this livery during its preserved existence.
As the restoration finally draws to a close, the locomotive will be painted in its iconic apple green livery ready for its official unveiling.