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To say thank you for host­ing Fly­ing Scots­man when it re­quired re­pairs in Oc­to­ber last year, the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum has con­firmed that the celebrity ‘A3’ will re­turn to the Nene Val­ley Rail­way in 2018. It comes as the NRM con­firmed that en­gi­neer­ing firm Ri­ley & Son (E) Ltd would con­tinue op­er­at­ing and main­tain­ing the 1923-built lo­co­mo­tive un­til 2024. The con­fir­ma­tion fol­lows two months af­ter the NRM an­nounced that the firm was the “pre­ferred sup­plier to op­er­ate and main­tain” the Gres­ley ‘A3’ (see Down Main, SR475) and that there was an agree­ment in prin­ci­ple for Ian Ri­ley’s con­tin­ued cus­to­di­an­ship of the en­gine. In ad­di­tion to day-to-day run­ning and main­te­nance, the six-year con­tract in­cludes a com­pre­hen­sive over­haul in 2022, fol­lowed by planned cel­e­bra­tions to mark Fly­ing Scots­man’s cen­te­nary in 2023. The Gres­ley ‘Pa­cific’ will be in ac­tion on the Wans­fordPeter bor­ough line on Septem­ber 29-Oc­to­ber 1, its first work­ing visit to the NVR since 1994, when it was sim­i­larly turned out as No. 60103 in its later BR guise with dou­ble chim­ney and Ger­man smoke de­flec­tors. Fly­ing Scots­man used the yard at Wans­ford for sev­eral days af­ter it failed dur­ing a Steam Dreams rail­tour on Oc­to­ber 18 last year with a warm right-hand mid­dle driv­ing axle­box, re­quir­ing three cranes to lift the 96¼-ton lo­co­mo­tive so the of­fend­ing wheelset could be re­moved for re-met­alling (see SR473). Pre­lim­i­nary de­tails of Fly­ing Scots­man’s sched­ule for 2018 have also been re­leased, in­clud­ing a re­turn visit to the East Lan­cashire Rail­way on sev­eral dates through­out the year. No. 60103 will be on public dis­play on the Hey­woodRaw tens tall line on March 10/11, March 30-April 2 and Septem­ber 9, and will be haul­ing pas­sen­ger trains on May 12/13, Au­gust 24-27 and Septem­ber 5-8. No vis­its to other pre­served rail­ways have been an­nounced. Ian Ri­ley of Ri­ley & Son (E) Ltd said: “I am very pleased that we have been ap­pointed to main­tain and op­er­ate Fly­ing Scots­man for the next six years, which will en­able us to de­velop a long-term plan for the care and man­age­ment of this world-renowned en­gine. “The suc­cess is down to the skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and hard work of the whole team, who have spent many hours work­ing on the lo­co­mo­tive from restora­tion to the present day. Fly­ing Scots­man is def­i­nitely a spe­cial en­gine and the chance to work with such a well-loved lo­co­mo­tive again is a real priv­i­lege.”


‘A3’ No. 60103 Fly­ing Scots­man passes un­der Mill Lane bridge with a Wans­ford-bound train on July 2 1994, dur­ing its last work­ing visit to the Nene Val­ley Rail­way.

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