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Topic: Flying Scotsman
Flying Scotsman
Today, passengers boarding Great North Eastern Railway trains are reminded by the legend written on each carriage that they are about to ride the ‘Route of the Flying Scotsman’. The name the ‘Flying Scotsman’ has transcended cultural, ethnic and geographical barriers to become recognised worldwide. The train service has existed since 1862, following the establishment of through carriages on the route between London and Edinburgh. However the idea of the Flying Scotsman first entered the public imagination in 1888, when Victorian railway companies were locked in a ‘Race to the North’. The popular press began to use the term Flying Scotsman, the name stuck and a legend was born. In 1924 the newly formed London & North Eastern Railway named their first locomotive Flying Scotsman after the service. The exploits of this locomotive as a record-breaker, globetrotter and steam survivor wove new threads into the legend.
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Topic section: The train
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Beginning service in 1862, by the 1930’s the name Flying Scotsman was synonymous with luxury express travel. In the last fifty years an emphasis on reducing journey times has helped the train maintain its position as a premier service on the east coast route.  > more

Topic section: The route
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Three railway companies built the original route of the Flying Scotsman. Progressively modernised ever since, electrification in the 1980’s secured Flying Scotsman’s future and pointed to its potential for Britain’s first truly high-speed route.  > more

Topic section: The engine
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Why is the Flying Scotsman famous? Ever since being named after Flying Scotsman (the train), the engine has always been placed by its owners in the public eye.  > more
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