Originally intended to be the star attraction in an Easter weekend bonanza of steam’s golden age on the heritage railway in Bury, the National Railway Museum's celebrated locomotive will instead make a Covid-delayed appearance towards the end of summer.
“We are truly delighted to play host once again to the most iconic locomotive in history," said East Lancashire Railway (ELR) Chairman Mike Kelly. "We were devastated not once but twice when we had to cancel the Scotsman’s return to the ELR because of Covid-19.
“Whilst the railway has been through some challenging times recently due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s great to now have some exciting and positive events to look forward to, allowing us to offer our loyal customers who stood by us a rare chance to ride behind this giant of steam in 2021," he added.
“The ELR really comes alive on weekends like this. It’s such a special occasion for steam enthusiasts and families alike and we look forward to welcoming them all.”
Those who booked ticket for the original dates can transfer them to the new dates (29 August, 30 August, 3 September, 4 September, and 5 September), while more tickets are now on general sale.
Flying Scotsman was built in 1923 by the LNER to haul express passenger services between London and Edinburgh and was the first locomotive to officially travel at 100 miles per hour. In 2004, it was bought by the National Railway Museum from private owner Alan Pegler, who saved it from the scrapheap in the '60s. The locomotive returned to the tracks in 2016.