East Lancs and Nene Valley to host ‘Scotsman’ this year

WORLD-famous Gresley ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman will be visiting both the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) and Nene Valley Railway (NVR) later this year as the National Railway Museum loco begins a new six-year spell under the custodianship of Ian Riley.

The close relationship between Heywood-based Riley & Son (E) and the ELR will naturally reap rewards for the railway, with Flying Scotsman set to make a series of static and active visits during the course of the year.

2018 will see Flying Scotsman back on the main line and visiting selected heritage railways, once again working charters for both Steam Dreams and the Railway Touring Company. On July 16 last year the ‘A3’ passes Ais Gill with RTC’s ‘Waverley’ from York to Carlisle and return. JOHN COOPER-SMITH

The first of these was scheduled for March 10-11, with further dates to be announced later. It will mark the start of an exceptionally busy period for the ELR, coming just weeks before the visit of ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado on March 29-April 2.

The ‘A3’s’ visit to the NVR in September comes as a direct result of the assistance the railway gave to Riley & Son after No. 60103 ran a hot ‘box at Peterborough on October 18
last year.

After limping to Wansford the ‘A3’ spent much of the next week on jacks while its centre driving wheel set was sent to Heywood for attention.

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