Flying Scotsman set to hit the tracks again!

 
  P2017 Chief Commissioner

Location: Geraldton
Seen that it was in steam for the first time since overhaul, for those that have facebook there is a video here:
https://www.facebook.com/HeritageRailway/videos/767603483344057/

Also a bit of news about it here:
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/flying-scotsman-returns-bury-railway-10685300

Good to see it almost ready to return!

Cheers
David

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  Valvegear Minister for Railways

Location: Norda Fittazroy
When did Flying Scotsman start wearing number 60103?
  apw5910 Train Controller

Location: Location: Location.
When did Flying Scotsman start wearing number 60103?
Valvegear
After Nationalisation in 1948...
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

The current locomotive number of Flying Scotsman is actually 98872, under the Class 98 series of numbers for all mainline-operable preserved steam locomotives. 4472 and 60103 (depending on whether it is running in LNER or BR guise) are technically just decorations these days.

When did Flying Scotsman start wearing number 60103?
After Nationalisation in 1948...
apw5910
Which came after four months of being numbered 502 in early 1946 and then a couple of years as 103 under two LNER renumbering.
  P2017 Chief Commissioner

Location: Geraldton
It's had a few numbers in its life :
1472 (1923), renumbered 4472 (February 1924), renumbered 502 (January 1946), renumbered 103 (1 January 1948), renumbered 60103 (December 1948)

Source - Wikipedia.
  Valvegear Minister for Railways

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Thank you all for the info.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Some great images coming through on the internet.

  gordon_s1942 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
I wonder where the people are who restored and took the Flying Scotsman to the USA and here to Australia before it was mothballed to the museum on its return to the UK?

On the return Journey from Perth when it took water at Wallerawang, I was on Dayshift at Wallerawang East and I took my youngest boy then aged about 8 years old and he got to stand on the Footplate during the stop over which was a great thrill for him.

For some years I had the STN for the 'Western Endevour' pinned onto the door on my locker but chucked when I finished up as it was falling to pieces by then.
  randomnarwhal Locomotive Driver

I wonder where the people are who restored and took the Flying Scotsman to the USA and here to Australia before it was mothballed to the museum on its return to the UK?

On the return Journey from Perth when it took water at Wallerawang, I was on Dayshift at Wallerawang East and I took my youngest boy then aged about 8 years old and he got to stand on the Footplate during the stop over which was a great thrill for him.

For some years I had the STN for the 'Western Endevour' pinned onto the door on my locker but chucked when I finished up as it was falling to pieces by then.
gordon_s1942
This is the fourth owner FS has had in preservation. It's restorations and upkeep bankrupted the other three private owners (the first while the loco was still in America), and it was ultimately sold to the NRM to be restored and running.
  gordon_s1942 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
A not inexpensive Big Boy's Toy by any means.
I think I read a report that the majority of parts needed to restore it the first time, had to be re-manufactured as there were no stores, molds and 'patterns' along with the Blueprints available which took time to make and added more cost to the restoration.

A beautiful thing to see running as it was built to do but for the unwary, it could be quite an albatross hanging around the neck.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Some vision here



https://youtu.be/N8jLyfVX__w

Note she is currently running with 60103 on the smokebox door, 502 on the RH cab side and 103 on the LH cab side...
  Valvegear Minister for Railways

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Note she is currently running with 60103 on the smokebox door, 502 on the RH cab side and 103 on the LH cab side...
"Graham4405"
Did somebody have a bet on a Trifecta?
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

A not inexpensive Big Boy's Toy by any means.
I think I read a report that the majority of parts needed to restore it the first time, had to be re-manufactured as there were no stores, molds and 'patterns' along with the Blueprints available which took time to make and added more cost to the restoration.

A beautiful thing to see running as it was built to do but for the unwary, it could be quite an albatross hanging around the neck.
gordon_s1942
The NRM will easily make back the £2.6m spent on the Flying Scotsman overhaul, it's a very profitable locomotive to operate. A fair proportion of the funds for the overhaul was actually raised by its operations in 2004-06 after some interim repairs got it back on the rails for a couple of years before the full overhaul started, so they already have a head start.

The NRM aren't fools - they know that Mallard is not as viable to operate as Flying Scotsman and so it is kept in a condition only one step above 'stuffed and mounted' (i.e. it can be towed around by other locos - in the last case by Tornado) at the museum.

Note she is currently running with 60103 on the smokebox door, 502 on the RH cab side and 103 on the LH cab side...
Graham4405
Once the test runs are completed, the current hybrid livery (the plain black from WWII without nameplate and 'NE' on the tender, with the LNER 1946 numbers on the sides) will be replaced with the full BR 60103 livery.

The NRM decided on the BR livery instead of the more famous LNER version to maximise the historic accuracy, as the French double chimney and German smoke deflectors were only applied under BR ownership.

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