Flying Scotsman due to return late spring 2012

30 Sep 2011

The National Railway Museum has today announced that the restoration of Flying Scotsman is expected to be complete by late spring 2012.

The iconic locomotive was expected to be completed during the summer of 2011 but unfortunately the project was delayed due to the discovery of a number of additional defects. Remedial work is currently being conducted at Riley & Son (E) Ltd in Bury and is focusing on ensuring that the locomotive is in a condition to be able to run for decades to come.

The work due to take place on Flying Scotsman in the next few weeks includes the fabrication and installation of a new mid stretcher, the machining of the axle boxes, the manufacture of a new middle motion bracket and the repair and installation of the horn guides.

Steve Davies, Director of the National Railway Museum, said:

“The Flying Scotsman restoration is one of the most complex steam locomotive engineering projects of its kind ever undertaken in Britain and there is no doubt that it has been challenging. There have been a number of points where unforeseen issues have arisen that have caused the project to be delayed whilst options were considered and decisions were made. These decisions were taken in accordance with our aims of ultimately maintaining maximum public exposure and enjoyment of the locomotive. In order to achieve this, the planned overhaul has always had safety, reliability and sustainability, both mechanical and economic, at the heart of our decision making processes.

“No one is more keen to see the completion of this project than myself, and I’d like to reassure the public that although the restoration has been ongoing for over 5 years, we are extremely close to seeing Flying Scotsman steaming once again. “

The restoration of Flying Scotsman has been generously supported by Tata Steel, formerly Corus, a £275,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and support from many other generous organisations. Members of the public also generously donated £250,000 to the Steam Our Scotsman appeal.

The National Railway Museum will announce further details about Flying Scotsman’s restoration, its display and its operation as soon as these are confirmed at


For more information contact:
Gemma Sneyd, Senior Press Officer, NRM
01904 686271

Notes to Editors:
• In 2004, the National Railway Museum bought Flying Scotsman for £2million. The appeal to keep No.4472 in Britain was supported by a £1.8 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the generosity of the public.

• Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects allocating £4.7billion across the UK. Website:

• The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) was set up to save the most outstanding parts of our national heritage in memory of those who have given their lives for the UK. NHMF currently receives annual grant-in-aid from the Government of £10m. It is due to receive £20m between 2011 and 2015.

• Tata Steel Europe (formerly Corus) is Europe's second largest steel producer.  With main steelmaking operations in the UK and the Netherlands: the company supplies steel and related services to the construction, automotive, packaging, material handling and other demanding markets worldwide. It is a subsidiary of Tata Steel, one of the world’s top ten steel producers. The combined Group has an aggregate crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and approximately 80,000 employees across four continents.


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