How to Drive the Flying Scotman DVD
An experts training lesson on how to drive the world’s most famous steam locomotive.
From the footplate of 4472 as we learn how to drive this A3 Pacific.
90 years ago, the world’s most famous locomotive was outshopped from the Doncaster Locomotive Works – ‘The Plant’.
The locomotive was given the name of the LNER’s most prestigious service from London’s King Cross to Edinburgh – the Flying Scotsman.
No. 4472 Flying Scotsman quickly became one of five Pacific locomotives to conquer the East Coast route to Scotland.
The engine was the first recorded locomotive to achieve 100 miles per hour and achieved a non-stop run to Edinburgh in 1938 using its 8-wheeled corridor tender which allowed crew to change when required.
In 1963 it was time for Flying Scotsman to be retired from service on British Railways and had it not been for an enthusiast named Alan Pegler, the engine would have been scrapped.
He came up with £3,000 required to purchase the locomotive and had it overhauled for use on special charter trains.
The famous locomotive was taken to Australia and the United States of America for visits but that would end in financial disaster for the owner and the engine was brought back to the United Kingdom.
Now in public ownership at the National Railway Museum at York, it is hoped to see this most famous of locomotives at work again one day.
This programme follows the footplate crew as they teach a novice how to drive this iconic locomotive.
Approx. 32 minutes.
This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Kingfisher Productions.