Michael Williams

My enduring romance with the fabulous Flying Scotsman…

May 26, 2016 Blog


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A WONDERFUL canter through the Surrey Hills last night behind the Flying Scotsman, nattering over a five course dinner in the Pullman car with Steam Dreams owner Marcus Robertson. Even though I have travelled scores of times behind this locomotive, she has always had a special personal resonance for me, her journeys and perambulations running like a steel thread through my life as a railway enthusiast. I took my first trip behind her as a boy in the 1960s when she was owned by Alan Pegler and newly preserved in LNER apple green. Last night, half a century and three-quarters of a lifetime on, the magic was undimmed as the whistle sounded for our departure from Victoria. Like the Queen, the Flying Scotsman has been one of the reassuring constants in my life. But, unlike the Queen – she will, hopefully go on for ever… (Picture shows the final top up with water at Shalford in Surrey before the dash back to London.)
There’s more about the Flying Scotsman in the new revised edition of my book ‘The Trains Now Departed: Sixteen excursions into the lost delights of Britain’s railways’, out from Arrow books on June 16

May 26, 2016 Blog

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