The Flying Scotsman steams into Lancashire

Video report by ITV reporter Tasha Kacheri

Britain's most famous locomotive, the Flying Scotsman returned to the rails today.

The Scotsman, which was built in 1923 spent the day on the East Lancashire Railway. 

It was a welcome return for the heritage railway and it's volunteers, after seeing services cancelled for much of the last 18 months. Crowds gathered to see it return to the region in Bury.

Flying Scotsman

"We love steam trains, it's a really exciting day," said one onlooker, "it's just lovely to be among people again and I can't wait."


  • Built in 1923 at Doncaster Works, costing £7,944

  • Weight: 97 tonnes

  • Length: 70ft

  • Officially the first locomotive to reach 100mph, and the first to circumnavigate the globe

  • It Holds the world record for a non-stop run in a steam locomotive, set in 1989 with a 442-mile trip

Full details here.

The East Lancashire Railway will host the Flying Scotsman across the following dates:

  • Sunday 29 August

  • Monday 30 August

  • Friday 3 September

  • Saturday 4 September