The Flying Scotsman: A Rail Romance

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The Flying Scotsman: A Rail Romance


There’s something magical about The Flying Scotsman, the great green beast of a steam locomotive. This charming film to mark its 90th birthday will doubtless bring a tear to the eye of anyone whose heart belongs to the noise, soot and sheer thrill of the steam era. The Flying Scotsman was saved for the nation by a fundraising drive in 2004 and is now permanently housed at the National Railway Museum in York.

The programme is full of delightful archive footage of the Flying Scotsman belting between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley stations on the LNER – the London and North Eastern Railway. The loco became a huge publicity success for the LNER and was marketed by the company. Though it eventually fell on hard times, it was repeatedly rescued from oblivion by loco-lovers.


To celebrate its 90th birthday, Barbara Flynn narrates the story of the nation's love affair with the Flying Scotsman - arguably the most famous locomotive in the world, and one that symbolises all that was great about British engineering. In 2004, public donations and grants were used to purchase the train and keep it in Britain, where the National Railway Museum has been working to restore it to its former glory. First shown in 2013.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Barbara Flynn
Director David Parker
Producer David Parker