Flying Scotsman to stop off at Kettering

'Flying Scotsman', Derby, February 1973. Manchester Daily Express, Science and Society Picture Library

'Flying Scotsman', Derby, February 1973. Manchester Daily Express, Science and Society Picture Library

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The world’s most famous steam locomotive will stop off in Kettering next year.

The Flying Scotsman is due to emerge from a £4.2m restoration at the National Railway Museum in January and is scheduled to visit Kettering on Saturday, June 4.

It will haul The Railway Touring Company’s Yorkshireman train, which will collect passengers at Kettering on route for York.

The journey is one of a number of 2016 dates with the Flying Scotsman arranged by the heritage rail operator.

The locomotive is due to depart from London Victoria, St Albans, Luton, Bedford, Kettering and Melton Mowbray for York.

Railway Touring Company MD Nigel Dobbing said: “There is no doubt that all eyes will be on No. 60103 Flying Scotsman in 2016 and we are thrilled to have secured the services of such a steam legend.

Flying Scotsman restoration - Overview of the Bury workshop of Riley & Son Bury 1 Credit - Peter Byrne Press Association

Flying Scotsman restoration - Overview of the Bury workshop of Riley & Son Bury 1 Credit - Peter Byrne Press Association

“This ‘Yorkshireman’ day tour will help to put Flying Scotsman through its paces following this major restoration and will enable passengers from St Albans to have the pleasure of travelling with 60103.”

Jim Lowe, head of operations at the National Railway Museum, which owns the Flying Scotsman, said: “Along with all our generous supporters for this complex project, we have all been looking forward to the day when the Flying Scotsman is once again running on Britain’s tracks and can be enjoyed by the thousands of people who will ride behind it and catch a glimpse as it travels past.

“As a national museum, we are committed to ensuring as many people as possible can enjoy our remarkable collections.

“We have chosen a variety of tours and locations to ensure our celebrity loco can be seen in as many places as possible.

“When the Flying Scotsman is not ‘on tour’ it will return home to our museum so the public can get up close to this cultural icon.”

The Flying Scotsman is the sole survivor of the A3 class of steam locomotives designed by renowned engineer Sir Nigel Gresley.

The National Railway Museum appointed Riley & Son (E) Ltd to complete the restoration to ensure the loco meets the stringent requirements of the modern railway network.

The museum has a full programme of events featuring the Flying Scotsman on its website, including dates when it will be on display at its museums in York and Shildon Co, Durham - admission to both is free.

Tickets for some of the add-on events in the programme are set to go on sale this week.

Passengers travelling in the company of the Flying Scotsman on board The Yorkshireman on June 4 will have a choice of options including: standard class; first class with morning coffee and pastry and afternoon tea; or premier dining, including a full English breakfast and a four course dinner served on board.