Flying Scotsman 2021 visit to Mid Norfolk Railway confirmed


The world-famous steam engine, Flying Scotsman, will visit the Mid-Norfolk Railway for the first time this fall.


The Flying Scotsman.
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The visit was originally scheduled to take place in October 2020, but was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It has now been confirmed that, subject to restrictions, the locomotive will visit the newly renovated track between Dereham and Wymondham Abbey between October 2 and October 17, 2021.

Although this is Flying Scotsman’s first visit to the Mid-Norfolk Railway, the locomotive has visited Norfolk on several occasions, the last in October 2017.

Charlie Robinson, chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust which owns and operates the railway, said: “Everyone at the railway company is anxious to resume our passenger services, this has obviously been a difficult time for everyone. world but the railroad has survived and we believe our varied program of events will appeal to everyone and the best way to support the railroad is to come and enjoy a journey through the beautiful Norfolk countryside.


Charlie Robinson, Chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Trust

Charlie Robinson, Chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Trust
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“We at the railroad look forward to the Flying Scotsman’s visit and plan to make sure our visitors get to familiarize themselves with this famous steam locomotive here at the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

Flying Scotsman was built at Doncaster and became the first locomotive of the new London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) when it left work on February 24, 1923, with number 1472.

It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the LNER at the time.


Crowds gather on the platform at Norwich Station to see the Flying Scotsman.  Image: DENIS

Crowds gather on the platform at Norwich Station to see the Flying Scotsman.
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By 1924, when it appeared at the British Empire Exhibition in London, the locomotive had been renumbered 4472 and given its present name after the daily 10 hour train service between London and Edinburgh which began in 1862.

Flying Scotsman, dubbed the world’s most famous steam locomotive, toured the UK and overseas in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, visiting the United States, Canada and Australia.

A major overhaul of the locomotive began at the National Railway Museum in York in 2006, and the project was finally completed 10 years later at Riley & Son (E) Ltd, which has been based in Heywood, near Manchester, since 2016.


Flying Scotsman will return to Norfolk in 2021: John Giles / PA Wire

Flying Scotsman will return to Norfolk in 2021: John Giles / PA Wire
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Since then, the locomotive has carried special passengers and made appearances across the UK.

Tickets for the Flying Scotsman experience at Mid-Norfolk Railway will be available in due course.


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