Ashes to ashes on last jour­ney of the Fly­ing Scots­man’s saviour

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the 478 pas­sen­gers aboard this spe­cial

Lon­don to York com­mem­o­ra­tive trip to toast with cham­pagne the life of the ec­cen­tric and flam­boy­ant busi­ness­man who saved the lo­co­mo­tive from the scrap-heap.

Pe­gler’s ashes were com­mit­ted to the fire on the very stretch of rail­track where the Scots­man en­tered the record books by break­ing the 100mph speed bar­rier on Novem­ber 30, 1934.

He had re­quested his ashes be placed in the fire­box of the steam en­gine he called ‘‘old girl’’ be­fore his death at the age of 91 on March 18, 2012. In the cab was Penny Vau­doyer, his daugh­ter.

‘‘Ful­fill­ing his wishes has been tremen­dously im­por­tant to me,’’ she told The Sun­day Tele­graph. ‘‘It’s been amaz­ing be­cause my fa­ther was some­body who dreamed of steam en­gines and was so pas­sion­ate about their preser­va­tion. It’s been very emo­tional.’’

. In Jan­uary 1963, the Fly­ing Scots­man re­tired from ser­vice and was des­tined for the scrap-heap.

Pe­gler bought the Scots­man for £3,000 and re­stored the lo­co­mo­tive to its former glory and bro­kered deals with Bri­tish Rail to al­low it to ven­ture out on the net­work.

Wear­ing his blue over­alls, he was reg­u­larly in­ter­viewed and pho­tographed on the foot­plate pro­mot­ing the en­gine that had done so much for the age of steam. He also took it on tours to Amer­ica, Canada and Aus­tralia. – Tele­graph Group

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