©Steve Morgan/National Railway Museum
Flying Scotsman at Waverley Station, Edinburgh to celebrate the centenary, 24th February 2023. Images taken by Steve Morgan commissioned by the Science Museum Group. The Flying Scotsman locomotive was built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), entering service on 24 February 1923 and initially numbered 1472. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class - the most powerful locomotives used by the railway. By 1924, when it was selected to appear at the British Empire Exhibition in London, the loco had been renumbered 4472 - and been given the name 'Flying Scotsman' after the London to Edinburgh rail service which started daily at 10am in 1862. The engine is recognised worldwide and was the first steam locomotive to achieve an authenticated speed of 100mph and the first scheduled service to undertake a non-stop run between London King's Cross and Edinburgh Waverley.
Kevin MacDonald from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers beside Flying Scotsman.