Famous locomotive steaming into East Sussex

The iconic Flying Scotsman will be making its first visit to Sussex after more than 50 years.

The Flying Scotsman PHOTO: Tim Williams
The Flying Scotsman PHOTO: Tim Williams

Bluebell Railway will be hosting the legendary locomotive between April 13 and 19.

Built in 1923, the Flying Scotsman was made famous by The British Empire Exhibition and featured in the ITV production of The Railway Children.

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It was given its name in 1924 after the London to Edinburgh rail service.

After many years hauling main line trains the steam train was retired in 1963 and has since passed through the hands of many steam railway enthusiasts before being bought by the National Railway Museum at a cost of £4.2 million – helped by grants from both National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Now fully restored, it hauls main line steam railtours and visits Heritage Railways across the country delighting fans old and new.

For more information, visit www.bluebell-railway.com/flying-scotsman/