World-fa­mous Fly­ing Scots­man will make his­toric re­turn in 2019

Tick­ets to In­ver­ness will cost pas­sen­gers up to £1,000

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - PAUL RODGER

The Fly­ing Scots­man will make a his­toric re­turn to Scot­land this year but tick­ets cost up to £1,000 – and part of the jour­ney will be fuel-pow­ered not steam.

The world-fa­mous lo­co­mo­tive will re­turn to In­ver­ness for only the se­cond time in its 96-year his­tory – with tick­ets cost­ing hun­dreds more than pre­vi­ous trips.

First class pas­sen­gers will have to pay up to £999 for the ex­pe­ri­ence which in­cludes Cham­pagne, cakes and three nights in a four-star ho­tel in In­ver­ness.

Pre­mium pas­sen­gers, who will re­ceive free tea and cof­fee and be put up at a Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press, will pay £699 each.

Fly­ing Scots­man will visit the High­land cap­i­tal from Ed­in­burgh in May.

How­ever, ex­cur­sions dur­ing the trip will cost ex­tra and the re­turn jour­ney will be hauled by a diesel-pow­ered en­gine rather than steam.

Last year, Fly­ing Scots­man ran trips from Ed­in­burgh over the Forth Bridge and around Fife for £225 for first-class pas­sen­gers and £79 in pre­mium stan­dard.

A spokes­woman for or­gan­is­ers The Steam Dreams Rail Co, said: “This time, in­stead of the short trips around the Fife Cir­cle, we are of­fer­ing a four-day tour to In­ver­ness, with Fly­ing Scots­man and sis­ter lo­co­mo­tive Mayflower dou­ble­head­ing on the first day from Ed­in­burgh to In­ver­ness, via the Forth Bridge and the High­land main line.”

She said the price of the tick­ets re­flected the ex­tra cost of hav­ing two lo­co­mo­tives, with the trip part of a nine­day tour from Lon­don.

The lo­co­mo­tive pre­vi­ously vis­ited In­ver­ness in 2000 as part its last visit to Scot­land.

May’s tour will see the en­gine jointly haul the train with Mayflower, a B1 class steam lo­co­mo­tive built in 1948.

Mayflower will also run sep­a­rate trips from In­ver­ness dur­ing the tour to Wick and Thurso, and Kyle of Lochalsh, at ex­tra cost.

The visit will be Fly­ing Scots­man’s fourth con­sec­u­tive an­nual foray north of the bor­der, with pre­vi­ous ex­cur­sions hav­ing been on the Bor­ders Rail­way.

The lo­co­mo­tive made a spe­cial trip from Lon­don King’s Cross to York on Fri­day as a me­mo­rial to Sir Wil­liam McAlpine, who was cred­ited with res­cu­ing the en­gine and pay­ing for its restora­tion when he bought it in 1973.

Pic­ture: Wul­lie Marr.

The steam train head­ing to­wards Jamestown Viaduct at In­verkei­thing last year.

Getty Im­ages. Pic­ture:

En­thu­si­asts gath­ered at Bo’ness and Kin­neil Rail­way to see the Fly­ing Scots­man on May 16 2016.

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