Following weeks of speculation about the future management of A3 4-6-2 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman it is understood that Riley & Son has been offered a new contract to operate and maintain this popular, crowd-pulling locomotive for the next six years.
According to the National Museum’s press office, the contract includes a clause which requires the 4-6-2 to be overhauled during the period of the locomotive’s management.
Scotsman returned to the main line to a public fanfare, working a train from King’s Cross to York on February 24, 2016 – 22 months ago. A new six year contract will include the option of overhauling the 4-6-2 at seven years or carrying out an earlier intermediate five year overhaul to extend Scotsman’s life to 10 years.
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The contract has been drawn up and awaits Ian Riley’s signature.
A meeting – undated – is to be held this month (January) to scrutinise the detail and agree the contents of the document.
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