10 facts about the Flying Scotsman

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Video report by ITV News correspondent Damon Green

The Flying Scotsman is arguably the most famous locomotive in the world.

Here are 10 facts you may not know about it:

  • The Flying Scotsman was originally built in Doncaster and started life on the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923.

  • It was named the Flying Scotsman after the London to Edinburgh service which started daily at 10am.

The Flying Scotsman prepares to leave Paddington in 1963 Credit: PA
  • Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, it was the first steam train to ever reach speeds of 100mph.

  • In 1928, it was redesigned with a new type of corridor which meant a new crew could take over without the train stopping - reducing journey times from London to Edinburgh by eight hours.

It was the first train to reach speeds of 100mph Credit: PA
  • The locomotive starred in The Flying Scotsman feature film released in March 1930, one of Britain's first films with a 'talkie' soundtrack.

  • When it was first built, the Flying Scotsman was apple green, but it was repainted black during the war, in common with all railway stock.

It was later blue when the railways were nationalised until it went out of service in 1963.

Richard Branson (centre) helped return to train to public ownership Credit: PA
  • The locomotive was bought and repaired by British businessman William McAlpine in the Eighties and went on a tour of Australia, clocking up 422 miles - the longest ever non-stop run by a steam locomotive.

  • In the 1990s, the Flying Scotsman was once part-owned by record producer Pete Waterman.

Restoration work taking place in Bury, Greater Manchester Credit: PA
  • After a successful campaign, the locomotive was once more returned to public ownership in 2004 down to the backing from Sir Richard Branson and the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

  • In its latest form, it is back to its classic green and is officially known as No. 60103.