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Flying Scotsman Manual

08 March 2016

Haynes rides the rails with new Flying Scotsman Manual
New manual released as Flying Scotsman returns to the track in 2016

To coincide with the legendary Flying Scotsman returning to the rails this February, following an extensive ten year overhaul, Haynes, in association with the National Railway Museum in York, has published the Flying Scotsman Manual to provide a unique perspective on maintaining, operating and restoring the class A1/A3 Pacific.

Flying Scotsman, often known by its pre-war locomotive number, 4472, was the world’s first steam locomotive officially credited with achieving 100mph, and the highly detailed Flying Scotsman Manual focuses on its restoration and subsequent recent return to mainline operation. The manual looks in detail at every aspect of the locomotive’s design and construction, providing a feast of information and insight for readers. This fascinating manual, richly illustrated with period photography and technical illustrations, as well as photographs detailing Flying Scotsman’s design, engineering and construction, providing a feast of information and insight.

Flying Scotsman was rebuilt from A1 to A3 class in 1946 and was employed by the London & North Eastern Railway, and after 1947 by British Railways. During its 40 years in ‘normal’ service, it received numerous detailed modifications and livery changes, all of which are described in detail in the manual. Retired from service in 1963, the locomotive subsequently toured the USA and Australia, before returning to the UK and being saved for the nation when it was purchased in April 2004 by the National Railway Museum.

The manual records, in fascinating detail, the work undertaken by the National Railway Museum as 4472 was prepared for its return to steam. Now back on the mainline following major restoration, Flying Scotsman made its Inaugural Run along the East Coast Main Line from London King’s Cross to York at the end of February.

Written by railway and locomotive expert Philip Atkins, the Flying Scotsman Manual provides a unique insight into how Flying Scotsman was built, operated and finally restored as arguably the most iconic steam locomotive in the world.

Talking about the manual, Philip said: “Designed by Nigel Gresley, Flying Scotsman is without question a legendary locomotive – not only was it the first to be officially credited with achieving 100mph, but it was a great advance on anything inherited by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). This record-breaking locomotive first came to the general public’s attention at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924. During its time in service, the engine was able to run nearly 400 miles non-stop between London and Edinburgh. How a crew change was achieved mid-way, and how the water supply was replenished en-route, as it consumed more than twice-as-much water as the 5,000 gallons that its very large tender could contain, are all fully described.”

Philip continued: “Through working closely with the National Railway Museum on this manual, we’ve been able to access a wealth of fascinating photographs, drawings, diagrams and documents from the archives, from around 1900 to 2016. In addition, we’ve also been able to explore and bring to life the museum’s extensive photographic records of the engine since its purchase in 2004, and its ten-year restoration during 2006–2016. As a result, I hope that this book is something that rail enthusiasts and historians will really relish.”

About the author

Philip Atkins inherited his interest in railways and locomotives from his late father, who extensively photographed Gresley ‘Pacifics’ when they were in their prime before the Second World War. He had his first railway article published in 1966, and in 1975 he was appointed Librarian at the then new National Railway Museum in York, a post he held until he retired in 2006. He is married, with three grown-up children, and lives in Harrogate.

Flying Scotsman ManualFlying Scotsman Manual is available from and is priced at £22.99.
The book number is H4706, ISBN: 9781844257065.


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