Flying Scotsman

A Pictorial History

Fred Kerr

* Includes a selection of QR Codes with links to items of film footage.

* Covers the chequered history of the locomotive, right through to preservation and its return to steam.

* A keepsake publication.

* A selection of old and new images.
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
150 illustratrations
Format AvailablePrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473899926

Dimensions : 10.5 X 8.5 inches
Stock Status : Out of stockPages : 136
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Built at Doncaster works in 1923 the Nigel Gresley designed then-A1 class Pacific (4-6-2) first entered service as No 1472\. The new locomotive did not receive a name until it was sent for display at a Wembley exhibition in 1924, and then the name Fying Scotsman was chosen.

The Legend was born. In 1928 the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) express steam locomotive hauled the first non-stop service from London to Edinburgh and in 1934 went on to break through the 100mph barrier.

In addition to regularly hauling express trains for the LNER and later British Railways (BR), the Gresley steam icon has also travelled to, and worked passenger trains in, North America and Australia. Withdrawn by BR in January 1963 as BR No 60103, the locomotive was bought for preservation and soon became a regular sight on mainline specials and at preserved railways.

The locomotives history in preservation is an interesting if not chequered one, however stability is now assured as Flying Scotsman has rightly become a part of the national collection administered by the National Railway Museum (NRM). The excitement which surrounded the return to steam of Flying Scotsman in 2016, and the ongoing celebrity status afforded to the famous Gresley designed engine, are perchance confirmation of the fact that it is The Worlds Most Famous Steam Locomotive. The most famous phrase entered into locomotive preservation folklore when first broadcast by John Noakes, a BBC TV Blue Peter presenter.

A great many words have been written about the engineering specification and in service performance of Flying Scotsman. Accordingly, this keepsake publication simply uses carefully selected images, dating from the BR steam era to the present day, to celebrate the Return of the Legend.

This publication includes a selection of QR Codes with links to items of film footage.

About The Author

Fred Kerr was born in Edinburgh in 1948 where he gained an interest in railway locomotives from both the LMSR and LNER companies whose services permeated the local network. When his parents moved to Corby in 1956 the local steelworks provided further interest from its mix of freight services, including seeing the last of the Beyer Garrets and the replacement Standard Class 9Fs whilst the industrial locomotives of the internal steelworks network offered further insight into the variety of steam locomotives. This was a time of change and during the 1960s the interest in locomotives included the new order of diesel and electric traction without reducing the interest in steam traction. While his interest in Diesel Traction led to his early involvement with the Diesel & Electric Group and its preservation activities during the 1970s, his move to Southport in 1982 restored his opportunities to return to his first love of viewing steam locomotives at work and this album records some of the locations that he chose to visit and the locomotives that he was able to photograph.

Today his interest continues as a life member of the A4 Locomotive Society, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and Ribble Steam Railway whilst he also support bodies concerned with preserving steam locomotives, diesel locomotives and infrastructure extensions.


“Profusely and beautifully illustrated with both B/W and color photography, "Flying Scotsman: A Pictorial History" is an extraordinary historical account that will be an especially appreciated addition to the personal reading lists of dedicated railroading enthusiasts, as well as an enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library Railroading History collections and supplemental studies lists.”

- Midwest Book Review

"What it says on the cover, a largely pictorial history with almost all pictures taken in preservation. New to me, QR codes in the text allow access to YouTube videos or websites if you have a smartphone."

- York Model Engineer, May 2017

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