Flying Scotsman to head Pegler special

By Cedric Johns

Coinciding with the change of ownership, Steam Dreams has announced an Alan Pegler commemorative special train to honour the man who saved Flying Scotsman from the scrapyard in 1963.

The special, which will run from Kings Cross to York on Sunday, October 13 behind the A3, will fulfil Pegler’s wishes that his ashes be scattered in the 4-6-2’s firebox on the ascent up Stoke Bank in Lincolnshire.

Alan Pegler, the Ffestiniog Railway saviour who bought Flying Scotsman straight out of BR service in 1963, alongside the locomotive at the National Railway Museum’s Railfest 2004 event, after a public appeal raised money to buy it for the National Collection. ROBIN JONES

It was there in 1934 that the A3 became the first steam locomotive to officially top 100mph.

Organised by Steam Dreams and his daughter Penny, supported by many drawn from Alan’s wide circle of friends, tickets are also being made available to enthusiasts and members of the public.

Planned in association with the National Railway Museum, Network Rail, West Coast Railways and Riley Engineering, Steam Dreams’ new owner David Buck said that he is grateful for the help he has received in planning what will be a unique trip.

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