January 10, 2016
Flying Scotsman train won't now pass through Burnham area

One of the world’s most iconic railway locomotives won't be roaring through the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area in May as hoped.

The Flying Scotsman is running again following a 10-year restoration project that has cost £4.2m.

It was due to travel through Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station on Saturday May 28th during a special trip from Bristol to Taunton.

However, due to engineering work that day the trip has been been cancelled with a different route chosen instead.

The Scotsman, owned by York’s National Railway Museum, was relaunched in January, having been refurbished during a painstaking refurburishment project.

Painted in its wartime black livery, the locomotive has been brought back to life after the National Railway Museum bought it for £2.3 million in 2004 before work got under way in 2006.

Last year, the Scotsman topped a poll of the world’s best-known trains and locomotives following a worldwide survey.

It was built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30th November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8th August 1989 while in Australia.


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