View from the cab of the 'Flying Scotsman', June 1965.

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64-year-old Tom Hall from Gateshead driving the record-breaking Flying Scotsman on its 393 and 3/4-mile run. Hall drove the first stage from Edinburgh Waverley to Newcastle. He broke the speed record which had stood for three years. Despite leaving Edinburgh 3 minutes late, he arrived at Newcastle 2 minutes early having picked up 5 minutes on the way. The 99-ton diesel locomotive - called 'St Paddy' - was 3,500 hp.

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