Flying Scotsman to return to National Railway Museum in October


Flying Scotsman will be displayed at the National Railway Museum this October half term as part of its centenary celebrations.

Between 21 October and 5 November, Flying Scotsman will return to the National Railway Museum in York.

The locomotive will be on static display on the historic turntable in the museum’s Great Hall, offering visitors a 360-degree view. Flying Scotsman has not been displayed on the turntable in 2016. 

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As usual, the National Railway Museum is free to visitors, who will be able to view Flying Scotsman daily between 10.00-17.00.

This will mark Flying Scotsman’s final visit to the museum during its centenary year.

After its visit to the museum, Flying Scotsman will be return to its birthplace of Doncaster on 11 and 12 November, on the next stop in its centenary programme.

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Over the festive period from 16 December to 2 January, Flying Scotsman will visit Locomotion in Shildon for a special centenary festival sponsored by CrossCountry, where the locomotive will be in light steam outside of the museum.

Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum said: “Flying Scotsman’s centenary is a fantastic opportunity for the public to see this world-famous locomotive, and we’re delighted that it will be on display on the turntable during the busy half term season. Visitors will be given a rare 360-degree view of the locomotive each day as part of a free museum admission ticket.”

The Flying Scotsman VR experience will highlight some of the locomotives biggest moments over the last 100 years.The Virtual Reality experience sees a cast of historic figures guide visitors through the Flying Scotsman’s story including the British Empire Exhibition, 100mph record-breaking run and journeys around North America and Australia. Tickets for the VR experience must be booked in advance on the museum’s website.

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The free centenary exhibition Flying Scotsman: 100 Years, 100 Voices will also be on display in the museum’s North Shed, which explores the human side of the locomotive’s legacy.

Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery, the museum’s largest ever family-focused interactive experience, will also be open throughout the half term. Tickets can be booked on the museum’s website.

On 25 October, a Network Rail supported workshop, Full Steam Ahead will explore the important role of rail engineers and other crucial jobs in the industry through hands-on activities.

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