In May 2016 the iconic Flying Scotsman returned to Britain’s rails after an absence of over ten years and a £4.5m restoration in the care of the National Railway Museum. The world’s most famous locomotive was re-launched in 2016 and in May, following trials over the preceding months, embarked upon a triumphant tour of Great Britain where it was greeted with huge enthusiasm and affection by an adoring public. Britain’s press has fallen in love with Flying Scotsman all over again, with huge coverage of its homecoming tour on national TV, in magazines and across national and local papers. Our programme will tell the whole story of Flying Scotsman, from its earliest days, through its decline and eventual salvation in the 1970s, to this year’s re-birth and restoration to public gaze in it’s famous Brunswick Green livery. Using archive, contemporary footage and still images we will re-trace the Scotsman’s journey, frequently featuring a then-and-now approach as it steams through the same locations over the decades.
Cast and crew