Flying Scotsman is in the right guise as No. 60103


HAVING read the comments about Flying Scotsman in recent issues of Heritage Railway I feel it is about time someone spoke up for the loco in its present form – numbered 60103, double chimney, proper green not LNER undercoat, and yes – with the German deflectors.

A3 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman inside the workshop at the National Railway Museum in York on December 12, for winter maintenance after its phenomenally-successful comeback season. HENRY DAVID ALLUM

I reach my 70th birthday in 2017 and the engine as running today is how I remember the A3s at 34A and 34F in the early 1960s when I took a proper interest in railways. In fact when No. 60076 Galopin arrived in Lincoln on a Christmas special without them by then it looked strange!

To me it is No. 4472 that means little or nothing, and if Mr Pegler had not meddled when he acquired the engine by reintroducing its former number most current enthusiasts would probably be none the wiser.

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Mind you, in my case you are looking at someone who enjoyed Green Arrow when it carried
No. 60800 again a few years ago and who detests the ungainly streamlining that has been foisted on Duchess of Hamilton, aka the ‘Upturned Bathtub’.

Naturally everyone has a right to their own opinion but the above is mine – long live No. 60103.

Peter Hollis, Waddington, Lincoln.

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