The National Railway Museum to host launch of ‘Flying Scotsman in America’


The National Railway Museum is pleased to host the launch event of Flying Scotsman in America written by Richard Hinchcliffe and Bill Wagner.

Flying Scotsman at Post, Texas, first stop after Slaton. 15/06/1970 Credit: Emery Gulash / Morning Star

Flying Scotsman in America is the untold story of Flying Scotsman’s 1970 tour of America from Texas to Wisconsin and into Canada. It hauled a trade mission along the eastern seaboard in 1969—good for British business, but bad for the finances of the owner Alan Pegler. In 1970 the train set off again, this time without the trade mission, calling at smaller venues, travelling on the cheapest tracks and meeting thousands of people along the way.

The launch event will start with a Yorkshire Afternoon Tea, followed by a presentation by Richard Hinchcliffe covering how Flying Scotsman’s tour of America came about, how Richard and his family were involved, what happened to him, Flying Scotsman, his mother and father and other characters on the tour.

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We will then invite curator Bob Gwynne to lead a discussion with Richard about his memories from the tour.

At 15.45 you’ll be taken to The Flying Scotsman Story where you can get into the cab and look around the centenary exhibition 100 Years, 100 Voices.

Book your tickets before Monday 17 April.

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