55 mins./144 pages
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The ‘Flying Scotsman’ is known as the most famous steam locomotive in the world. There are few people who have not heard of this magnificent machine, but far fewer know the full story of how it became a national treasure.
Illustrated by evocative footage of the engine working on the British railway network in various guises, this DVD traces the locomotive’s story from the time when it returned from Australia after achieving its most recent record – the world’s largest non-stop run behind steam – up to its acquisition by the National Railway Museum.
We see ‘Flying Scotsman’ with single and double chimney fittings, ‘German’ smoke deflectors and LNER Apple Green and British Railways Brunswick Green liveries, working from Carnforth in the North to Salisbury in the South, as well as on the ‘Ride The Legend’ excursions to Scarborough.
The complementary Book is gloriously illustrated and celebrates the history of this wonderful loco, from its construction in 1923 for the LNER to a design of H.N. Gresley. It reveals that it was in 1963 when it really hut the headlines – after it had retired – becoming arguably the world’s most famous steam train.