FLYING SCOTSMAN – The Worlds Most Famous Train. Anon. London &North Eastern Railway,1931 [ebook]


Card back booklet, 7”x 5”, pp. 130, 88 B&W half tone photographs, maps,  gradient profiles, places of interest en route, etc


This, the 4th edition of this title. is a very well produced item, on coated paper throughout, by Knapp, Drewett & Sons Ltd., who had been the Great Central Railways preferred printer for high quality publications (see:-

“Per Rail” – Transportation is the…

Cecil Dandridge, the LNER Advertising Manager, appointed in 1928, to succeed W. M. Teasdale, had been a Great Central manager prior to the Grouping, so was familiar with this firms work.

Flying Scotsman is a comprehensive history of the celebrated 10-am “Scotch Express” departure from King’s Cross. Changes in timings, rolling stock and locomotive classes are all covered an illustrated, as are points of interest seen from the train between London and Aberdeen these were more fully dealt with in:

– which ran to several editions from Great Northern days until 1938.

The cover features No. 10,000, the celebrated high pressure locomotive which caused a sensation – talk about “the shock of the new” when it appeared in 1928. This was fortuitously highlighted when shortly after arrival at King’s Cross on its demonstration run, a Cambridge train pulled by a thirty year -old, (and obviously late Victorian) small boiler Ivatt Atlantic arrived at an adjacent platform.




Of course, due coverage is also given to the eponymous Flying Scotsman locomotive, shown at the Wembley Exhibition in 1925 and 1926.



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