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Flying Scotsman: The Extraordinary Story of the World's Most Famous Train

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By booking a journey you agree to these terms, the terms set out by each individual operator and our cancellation policy. Eric Gill was invited late in 1932 to place the name-board in position on the A1 Pacific before departure from platform 10. The A1 4-6-2 though, was the biggest express steam engine ever to have been seen in Britain at the time.

Their Electrification Engineer, Brian Davis, and our Breakdown Foreman, Syd Casselton, made a marvellously effective pair in charge throughout a hard and continuous weekend. However in 1934, it was the turn of 4472 ( see here) and its regular crew, Bill Sparshatt and fireman R.Once installed in the private world of the footplate on the last A1 2582 to be built and in charge of Gateshead Driver Young, he was offered the fireman’s seat and, a changed man, marvelled at the enginemen’s work, which you must take with a small pinch of salt particularly when the fireman was said to be highly skilled with the shovel but spilt coal on the cab floor with every charge!

Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman collaborate on a centenary story about the world famous, record breaking train. Arriving in the cab of the A4 and without more ado, I opened the gate, took the spare blade, walked into the tender and then shovelled and shovelled until all the coal was within easy reach. With family at its heart, the story is warmly written and joyously illustrated by national treasures Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman. This experience has been fantastic primarily for the children, the school and also for me (professionally). This book tells the story of the legend that is Flying Scotsman - the ultimate in British express steam design elegance.And that smart youngish fireman shovelled nine tons of coal to cover 41 sq ft of grate for that day’s work. F.Sparke, District Locomotive Running Supt at King’s Cross, the Station Master squeezed into the background despite his ‘Topper’, O.

Cut-off’ means more or less what it says, high pressure steam is cut-off from entering the cylinder when the piston has gone 15% of its stroke and its work is then done by expansion of high pressure steam. He has twice won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for British children’s book illustration and in 2022 was awarded an OBE for services to literature in the Queen's Jubilee Honours. During the golden age of railway travel in the 1920s and 1930s The Flying Scotsman was synonymous with speed and the highest standards of comfort and service.Excellent condition – no visible damage or wear and tear, just a date stamp on the inside first page (5850 NOV 69). I knew a driver who had been a fireman on freight work at Keadby Junction shed, which closed in the 1920s. This is a Fine Copy of this book in Publisher's red cloth with gilt title lettering to spine,in a Fine Dust-Jacket which has NO chips or tears to the outer edges of the dust-jacket.

For information about Flying Scotsman and the National Railway Museum, please contact our press office. The Flying Scotsman: Speed, Style, Service tells the story of this remarkable train and how it has become a part of British popular culture, featuring in films, TV documentaries, children’s toys, books, music and artworks. What if Dad was asked to attempt to break a speed record with Flying Scotsman’s journey to Edinburgh?Was it her styling, her name, her performance or simply the work of very talented purveyors of slick PR? Michael Foreman is an internationally renowned, multi-award-winning children’s book illustrator and author. PLEASE NOTE: Receiving receipt of payment is not confirmation that your booking has been successful. Written and published by Friends of the National Railway Museum, the Flying Scotsman – The Locomotive: Centenary Edition book documents the story of the world’s most famous locomotive.

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