Superstar 'Scotsman' flies into North West railway
The East Lancashire Railway has today announced that Flying Scotsman will be visiting the Bury based attraction at a dedicated event in January.
“Scotsman in Steam Preview” on 9–10 and 16–17 January 2016 will be the first opportunity for the general public to preview the engine in its Wartime Black livery ahead of its inaugural run and official launch.
The 1920s built locomotive has undergone a decade-long £4.2 million restoration and for the past two years has been based at local steam and diesel engineering specialists, Riley & Son (E) Ltd. Flying Scotsman, which is commonly regarded as the world’s most famous engine due to its celebrity status and successful record-breaking achievements, is sure to be a crowd pleaser at the January event which entails a host of themed experiences to appeal to all, from those simply wanting to catch a glimpse of the iconic engine to die-hard Scotsman fans.
Visitors to the railway can enjoy a trip behind Flying Scotsman, reserving not only a place in history but bragging rights too and can also indulge with a luxury on-board dining experience, including a six course Premium Dining Evening and traditional Sunday afternoon Lancastrian Lunch, just the ticket for an extra special Flying Scotsman experience.
Andy Morris, General Manager at the East Lancashire Railway said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to host the celebrated locomotive. As one of the world’s most famous engines, Flying Scotsman resonates with many and it is hoped that its accolade as one of the greatest transport achievements of all time, combined with nostalgic appeal and celebrity, will encourage audiences from the north-west and beyond to sample this slice of history.”
For more information, ticket prices and bookings for “Scotsman in Steam Preview” at the East Lancashire Railway, visit www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk. Visit www.nrm.org.uk/flyingscotsman for more information on Flying Scotsman’s return.
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The East Lancashire Railway operates a 12-mile route between Heywood and Rawtenstall, using a range of preserved steam and diesel locomotives to haul vintage train services through the scenic Irwell Valley. The railway is one of the North West’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming over 157,000 visitors each year.
In 2004, the National Railway Museum bought Flying Scotsman for £2.3 million. The appeal to keep the steam icon in Britain was supported by a £1.8 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the generosity of the public. The restoration has also been undertaken with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £275,000. The estimated projected total cost for the restoration of Flying Scotsman is in the region of £4.2 million.