FLYING SCOTSMAN: A Pictorial HistoryFRED KERR & KEITH LANGSTON Book Number: 86362 Product format: Hardback
From 1957 onwards, the former railway depot at Camforth, renamed Steamtown, became a mecca for railway enthusiasts after being secured by a preservation group chaired by Dr Peter Beet. In 1974, Sir Bill McAlpine (a dear, late and much missed friend of our Annie) became a shareholder in the company, allowing his Flying Scotsman to make Camforth its home for many years. Built at Doncaster works in 1923, the Nigel Gresley-designed A1 Class Pacific (4-6-2) first entered service as No.1472. The new locomotive did not receive a name until it was sent for display at a Wembley exhibition in 1924, and then the name Flying Scotsman was chosen. The Legend was born. In 1928, the LNER Express Steam locomotive hauled the first non-stop service from London to Edinburgh and in 1934 went on to break through the 100mph barrier. Later on for BR, the Gresley steam icon travelled to and worked passenger trains in North America and Australia. Withdrawn from service in January 1963 as BR No.601-03, the locomotive was bought for preservation and soon became a regular sight on mainline specials and at preserved railways. Its chequered history, excitement of the return of steam in 2016 and its ongoing celebrity status is celebrated in this huge pictorial extravaganza. Most of the full page photographs are in colour. There are also some QR codes to link to items of film footage. 136 pages, 28.6 x 21.6cm.
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