West Somerset Railway - Flying Scotsman

West Somerset Railway - Flying Scotsman

You will travel behind Flying Scotsman from Bishops Lydeard Station departing at 1413 and travel the complete length of the West Somerset line arrive Minehead 1520 with free time in Minehead.

West Somerset Railway, Minehead

SPECIAL EVENT - travel aboard the Flying Scotsman

 

You will travel behind Flying Scotsman from Bishops Lydeard Station departing at 1413 to arrive Minehead 1520.

You will then have over 2 hours in Minehead before departing 1742 behind a named locomotive to arrive back Bishops Lydeard 1852.

 

Passengers travel one way behind Flying Scotsman and the other way behind a named visiting locomotive (details to be announced). All journeys commence and end at Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and travel the complete length of the West Somerset line to Minehead (a forty mile round trip). Passengers change trains at Minehead. Both journeys are in fully reserved non-stop trains. Both trains will convey a buffet car with a fully stocked licensed bar selling hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. On the Flying Scotsman, tea, coffee or fruit juice will be served free of charge at your seat.

 

Flying Scotsman was designed by Nigel Gresley and was completed in 1923, becoming the first ever new build locomotive for the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). Originally a class A1, the locomotive was the most powerful used by the company at that time and was given the name Flying Scotsman after the express train from London to Edinburgh which had been started in 1862. In 1924 the Flying Scotsman locomotive was chosen to appear in the British Empire Exhibition and was featured in very many publicity events for the LNER.

 

In 1928 the locomotive tender was altered to include a corridor which enabled the loco crew to changeover during the long journey from London to Edinburgh.  It was then possible to undertake the first regular non-stop service from London to Edinburgh, shortening the travel time to just 8 hours.

 

In 1934 it became the first locomotive to be officially recorded at 100 mph. When the war came the loco was changed from its original green colour to black in line with most steam locomotives around at this time. After the war the locomotive was repainted green and was rebuilt as an A3 pacific.

 

In some ways what has happened to Flying Scotsman after “retiring” from British Railways in 1963 has been even more important in building the mythology around this locomotive. After being bought by Alan Peglar and for a time being the only steam locomotive running on the main line, it travelled to the United States, but unfortunately Alan Peglar eventually went bankrupt, with the loco stranded in the USA. For some time it looked like that was the end of the story but it was then bought by William McAlpine and transported back to the UK in 1972. It ran in the UK for a while and travelled to Australia in 1988/89, where it had a successful tour. After various owners and a difficult financial history, the National Railway Museum launched a national appeal and it was bought by the NRM in 2004. Further difficulties ensued during its restoration but it finally returned to steam and began hauling fare paying passengers on the mainline again in 2015. It is now the oldest mainline working locomotive in Britain, and is owned by the Nation.

 

This is the first visit of Flying Scotsman to the south-west since its recent restoration. The West Somerset Railway is one of only three heritage railways on which this historic locomotive will be operating this year and the visit promises to be a very exciting occasion. 

 

Depart Approx 19.15.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road West Anchor Road, Outside @ Bristol
Westbound Bus Stop
Bristol Tesco Tesco's Eastville Bus stop - Jct 2 of M32
(Tesco's Car park only has a 2 Hr. parking limit)
Burnham on Sea Burnham on Sea, Pier Street
Bus Stop The Old Pier Tavern
Clevedon Clevedon
First Choice Travel Agency
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Nailsea Nailsea - Clevedon Road Car Park
Weston Borough Arms Sth Outside the Borough Arms Bus Shelter
Locking Road
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Worle - Homebase South Worle - Bridge Farm Opposite Homebase Bus Stop
New Bristol Road
Worle - south bound Worle - Preanes Green, New Bristol Rd.
Opposite side of Road to Summer Lane Bus Shelter
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