End of an era for Doncaster's famous locomotive

This month in 1963 was a momentous one for the Flying Scotsman - Doncaster's most famous locomotive.

Monday, 16th January 2017, 15:08 pm
Updated Monday, 16th January 2017, 15:11 pm
The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express steams over the Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle Carlisle line, hauled by the double headed Black 5s 44871 and 45407 instead of the Flying Scotsman after it broke down mid week. 23 January 2016. Picture Bruce Rollinson

The Scotsman pulled its last train for British Railways on January 14 in that year, and became the property of Doncaster businessman Alan Peglar.

He had negotiated extensive work to the locomotive as part of the purchase deal, and the Scotsman once again reverted to a single chimney, with London & North Eastern Railway colours and insignia.

The Flying Scotsman back in Doncaster (D3549MB)

It was agreed that the locomotive could still run on the main line, and its final journey for BR attracted much interest, and was covered extensively by media.

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When The Flying Scotsman was completed in February 1923 it was the first locomotive of the new London and North Eastern Railway.

It later rose to fame in the British Empire Exhibition, and was the first locomotive in the UK to be clocked at 100mph in 1934, and to do a no-stops journey from London to Edinburgh.

A £1.8 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and public support kept the steam icon here in Britain as one of our national treasures.

The Flying Scotsman back in Doncaster (D3549MB)