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The Flying Scotsman is coming – dates and times to see the historic train


The Flying Scotsman is coming to the Midlands, a chance for trainspotters to cast their eyes on the world famous steam locomotive. The historic train will be arriving in Dorridge on Sunday, March 13 before heading back on a return journey to Oxford.

While seeing the train will be a real treat, it’s also possible to secure a place on board, enjoying the pretty journey through the Cotswolds. The train will cross the Oxford and Grand Union canals on its journey, with those on board getting a souvenir booklet with a map and details of the route to enjoy as they go.

The train will be diesel hauled between Hatton West and Dorridge, leaving Oxfordshire at 12:53pm and arriving back at 5:09pm. You can’t board at Dorridge, you’ll have to board and disembark at Hatton West.

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Guests on board can enjoy the 50s and 60s open carriages, which have huge windows to gaze out of as you streak through the countryside. If you really want to make it special, you can book Pullman Style Dining tickets, which will include a glass of Champagne as you board, as well as lunch with two glasses of wine.

There is a premier dining option too, but with Bucks Fizz as your welcoming drink. Standard tickets are priced at £99 while Premier Dining will set you back £189. For Pullman Style Dining, tickets will cost £249.

Steam Dreams describes the 60103 Flying Scotsman as the ‘most famous steam locomotive in the world’. It was built back in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and later took passengers from London to Edinburgh, hence its name.

The historic train has previously set two world records for steam traction. It was the first locomotive to reach 100mph, back in November 1934.

It also set a new record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it travelled 422 miles through Australia in August 1989. After covering a massive 2,076,000 miles by 1963, the train retired from regular service, though it has since toured the US and Canada, as well as the aforementioned trip through Australia.

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