Stunning pictures of Flying Scotsman emerge for anniversary of 100mph journey
Incredible pictures of the Flying Scotsman have been released to mark the 80th anniversary of the first 100mph journey by a train in passenger service.
On November 30, the 1934, the LNER locomotive hit the magic speed on the downwards slope of Stoke Bank near Grantham.
The incredible set of pictures feature driver William Sparshatt, aged 61 at the time, on the day the landmark journey took place as he guided the train between London and Leeds.
Sir Nigel Gresley designed the train after the LNER asked him to help them find a new way to take passengers from the capital to Newcastle in four hours instead of buying a the German diesel-powered ‘Flying Hamburger’.
The Flying Scotsman made a special charter journey in 2005 also captured in the pictures before being moved to the National Railway Museum in York for complete restoration.
Engineers working on the locomotive hope it will be ready for action on modern British train tracks in summer 2015.
Paul Kirkman, Director of the National Railway Museum, said: “We are now progressing full steam ahead towards completing the restoration.
“We are showcasing British engineering genius, with our Mallard 75 Great Goodbye celebration at Locomotion; the National Railway Museum at Shildon next month so it’s great that we can announce good news regarding another Gresley-designed icon.”