Flying Scotsman on tour

The legendary and perhaps too popular LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 Flying Scotsman is now in its most intensive period of use since its return to steam at the end of last year, hauling sell-out main line railtours and still drawing huge crowds to the lineside wherever it goes.

Flying Scotsman on tour
LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 Flying Scotsman passes Bargrave on the MR Chesterfield-Rotherham line on June 4. The girder bridge carried the GCR main line from Marylebone to Sheffield Victoria on which Flying Scotsman worked regularly during the 1950s. ALAN WEAVER
The engine had a short programme of working dining trains on the Southern and Western regions for Steam Dreams where it inexplicably fell foul of severe gauging restrictions, particularly through many station platforms.

The engine’s dimensions have not changed yet where it regularly hauled VSOE Pullman trains at 75mph up to 12 years ago, it now has to slow to sometimes 10mph.

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