Friday, 26 May 2017

The Flying Scotsman

Built in 1923.

Hauler of the first direct London to Edinburgh service (1928).

First British train to reach 100mph (1934).

Steaming through my town (today).

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  1. I hope you were able to see it. There's something so emotional about seeing these old trains still in operation, particularly one as famous as the Flying Scotsman.

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    1. I took that photo, it steamed right below us. One of the good things about moving floor at work is that I'm now on the floor facing the railway line, so I can see steam strains if they come past during the day.

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  2. How lovely! I love old trains and have been in a coach pulled by the Bitterne!

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    1. Oh, I love the A4s! Bittern and all the remaining A4s were together at the Railway Museum in York when I went a few years ago.

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    2. Oh lucky you!

      Did you see the BBC documentary about the new build steam train Tornado? They were trying to break 100mph. It's probably still available on catch up.

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  3. So that's what a flying Scotsman looks like!

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    1. *The*! The actual train. (Do American engines have names? A lot of the British ones do, even nowadays.)

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  4. There's something truly nostalgic about steam travel. How great that you're getting to see such an icon in operation. xxx

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    1. It's fab! Steam trains come through Bath once or twice a month, but they're usually on the line from London, they don't often go through Trowbridge.

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  5. We often get the steam trains stopping at Oxford because they still have the old water tower for them to take on water. We often see the Brighton Belle and the Orient Express. I love seeing them, except when it's winter and your own train gets delayed by 50 mins because of them and all these smug people are sitting staring at you whilst sipping champagne in their cosy warm train whilst you freeze your arse off on the platform.......

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    1. Ah, interesting.

      I wish to sip champagne in a nice train!

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  6. I remember travelling on the old steam trains - wonderful! I do hope you got to see it....

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    1. That's my photo - we were at the pub across the road and crossed over to peek over the railway bridge.

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