Celebrate the Flying Scotsman’s 90th Birthday

Flying Scotsman on one of the Society's special trains in the'1960s. (GMRS collection)
Flying Scotsman on one of the Society's special trains in the'1960s. (GMRS collection)

The 90th birthday of one of the world’s most famous railway locomotives will be celebrated at the Gainsborough Model Railway Society over the Easter weekend.

“Flying Scotsman was built at Doncaster in 1923 by the newly-formed London & North Eastern Railway and a decade later was the first steam locomotive anywhere in the world to run at 100mph,” explained Society secretary Mick Clapham,

“The loco was closely associated with our Society after it was bought by our late President Alan Pegler 50 years ago, and in preservation has visited both America and Australia.”

Mick, who helped organise railtours with the engine in the 1960s and then for some years after its return from America, was part of its support crew, added: “Flying Scotsman now belongs to the National Railway Museum, but unfortunately is out of action at the moment due to a long-running overhaul.

“Our model of the engine was featured in a recent programme on BBC2.

“It is nearly 60 years old and, after some problems over the last year, we’ve had to swap its wheels for those of a similar engine.

“It’s been a bit temperamental since then, but hopefully it should be alright for Easter.

“However, even if it does have problems, we’ll do our best to get it back into traffic.

”Besides, we have more than 180 engines, so there will still be plenty for visitors to see.”

And this exhibition will be the last with chairman Richard Woods at the helm.

“I’ve been chairman for 13 years and have decided that it’s time for somebody else to have a go, so I’ll be standing down after our Annual General Meeting later in April,”

Richard is one of the regular signalmen working the Society’s model of King’s Cross station.

The exhibition will take place at the clubrooms on Florence Terrace on Saturday March 30 and Sunday, March 31, from 1.30pm to 6pm and on Monday, April 1, from 10.30am to 6pm.

Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for children and senior citizens, with a family ticket priced at £10.

The annual general meeting will take place on Monday, April 22, from 8pm and is open to all those with an interest in the work of the charity.