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The Flying Scotsman

The Train, the Locomotive, the Legend


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The Flying Scotsman by Bob Gwynne
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"Brief, but very readable"
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This A5 sized book is one in a series by Shire Publications. I didn't really glean much new information about the locomotive or the train, but after all this is only 56 pages with a plentiful supply of illustrations and period posters.

The book follows the story from the Flying Scotsman's (the named train) inception, through the period of the naming of the locomotive, the running of the train by diesel and electric traction following the end of steam and finally a look at the saving of the famous locomotive by Alan Pegler back in the 1960s and now owned by the British nation via the custodianship of the National Railway Museum.

As mentioned in my summary title, it is a brief guide but for those who don't want too much of an insight this is a neat little book that I am sure will satisfy you. It is nicely printed but the only problem with choosing such a small format is that the photographs don't have much of an impact.


The Flying Scotsman is probably the most famous railway locomotive in the world. It first caused a sensation for its beauty and its speed in 1923, and it soon became a national icon. The fastest and most comfortable way of travelling between London and Scotland, The Flying Scotsman only got faster and more luxurious as competition from other routes, airlines, and the motor car threatened. From 1928 it began running non-stop, an achievement that earned it yet more attention. This superbly illustrated book celebrates the much-loved locomotive, the train that shared its name, the route it took, and how it captured the imagination of the nation.

Author Biography

Bob Gwynne is Exhibitions and Creative Content Developer at the National Railway Museum in York.
Release date Australia
March 22nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations (chiefly col.)
Shire Publications
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