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The Flying Scotsman, an LNER Class A3 Pacific (formerly an LNER Class A1 Pacific), is the last of Gordon's brothers. He holds the record for being the first engine to officially run at over 100 mph. In addition, Flying Scotsman has been described as the world's most famous steam locomotive. He is named after a service that runs from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley.


In 1967, Flying Scotsman came to Sodor to cheer up his only surviving brother, Gordon. He had two tenders at the time he arrived, causing Henry to feel jealous. During his visit, he got on well with most of the Fat Controller's Engines and took charge of "the Limited" in place of Bear when Henry rescued both him and 199 as both diesels failed. After his visit, Flying Scotsman left with his owner when the Fat Controller announced that steam engines will still be at work on the North Western Railway.

Gordon later said that Flying Scotsman told him about the Silver Jubilee.


In the Railway Series, Gordon was happy to see Flying Scotsman when he came to Sodor. Flying Scotsman proved popular with the engines; however, he did spark a little jealousy with Henry, who proved envious of his two tenders. He provided Gordon and the others reassurance at a time when steam on the Mainland was officially being abolished in favour of modern diesel traction.

Technical Details

Real-life History

Flying Scotsman is based upon the real locomotive of the same name, an A1 (later A3) Pacific built on the 23rd of February, 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works, to a design by Sir Nigel Gresley. In 1928, it pulled the LNER's first non-stop 'Flying Scotsman' service from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Central, equipped with a specially-built corridor tender allowing its crew to be changed mid-journey. Flying Scotsman set two world records for steam traction, initially becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30th November 1934. In 1963 it was saved by Alan Pegler in 1963 and in 1969 it toured the United States of America but almost never returned home but did because of Bill McAlpine in 1972, it later set a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive, where it ran 422 miles (approximately 679 km) on 8th August 1989 during its tour in Australia Which made it the First Steam train to go al the way around the world. As of 2019, Flying Scotsman is owned by the National Railway Museum, and can be found hauling main line railtours and visiting heritage railways across the United Kingdom.


In the Railway Series, Flying Scotsman is painted in LNER apple green with black and white lining, black frames with red lining, red-backed nameplates and crests on the sides of his cab. His former company's initials, LNER, (first) or his number 4472 (second) is painted on the sides of his tenders in yellow. This livery is based on a variation of the apple green livery worn by the real Flying Scotsman during the late-1960s, the same time period in which he first appeared in the Railway Series.

From 2016 onwards, Flying Scotsman is painted in BR Deep Bronze green with red lining and his number 60103 painted on the sides of his cab. He currently has one tender: the corridor tender that he was fitted with in 1928. His canteen tender was used for A4 No. 4464 Bittern at certain times in preservation. It is currently stored with Bittern at the former Hornby Factory in Margate as part of the planned One:One Collection.

When Flying Scotsman was first built as an A1, he was painted in L&NER apple green livery with white and black lining on his tender and boiler. He was nameless at the time, and he wore the running number 1472. On the 2nd of March 1924 he was renumbered 4472. On the 3rd of April 1943 he was repainted into wartime black. On the 21st of February 1946 he was renumbered 502 and on the 5th of May the same year he was numbered 103. On the 4th of January 1947 he was repainted back into LNER apple green. On the 15th of March 1948 he was renumbered E103 and on the 30th of December he was renumbered 60103. On the 16th of December 1949 he was repainted into BR express blue livery. On the 14th of March 1952 he was repainted into BR Deep Bronze green livery.



  • The Flying Scotsman Postcard can be seen in a couple of Shining Time Station episodes on the postcard rack.


“You've changed a lot!"
"I had a rebuild at Crewe. They didn't do a proper Doncaster job of course, but it serves."
"I had a rebuild too and looked hideous. But my owner said I was an extra special engine and made them give me back my proper shape."
"Is that why you have two tenders, being special?"
"No, you'd hardly believe it Gordon, but over there they hardly have any coal and water"
"But surely, every proper railway!"
"Exactly. You are lucky Gordon, to have a controller who knows how to run railways.”
―Gordon reunited with his only remaining brother, Flying Scotsman, "Tenders for Henry"


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