Friday, 9 February 2018

Ian Riley Signs ‘Flying Scotsman’ Contract

Ian Riley has signed the contract with the National Railway Museum which sees him run 60103 Flying Scotsman until 2024 plus all of the day-to-day maintenance and overhaul.
The National Railway Museum has also released details of Flying Scotsman’s schedule for 2018.

Like last year, the world famous locomotive will be steaming up and down the country hauling different railtours.
Also, in March, the steam locomotive will feature as a display locomotive at the East Lancs Railway on the 10th and 11th, as well as a display locomotive when 60163 ‘Tornado’ visits the railway later on in March.
As a thank you for hosting the A3 in October 2017 when it required work on a wheelset, the Flying Scotsman will be visiting the Nene Valley Railway.
Mr. Ian Riley said: “I am very pleased that we have been appointed to maintain and operate Flying Scotsman for the next six years, which will enable us to develop a long-term plan for the care and management of this world-renowned engine.
“The success is down to the skills, experience and hard work of the whole team who have spent many hours working on the locomotive from restoration to the present day. Flying Scotsman is definitely a special engine and the chance to work with such a well-loved locomotive again is a real privilege.”

Jim Lowe, Head of Operations at the National Railway Museum, said “I would like to congratulate Riley & Son (E) Ltd for their success in winning the contract and I look forward to working with the team again in what is sure to be a very popular 2018 touring schedule. Flying Scotsman is a true symbol of engineering excellence and continues to inspire and amaze crowds of people wherever it goes. Flying Scotsman is a fantastic ambassador for the National Railway Museum and we aim to give as many people as possible the chance to see this legend of the steam age.”
East Lancashire Railway Chairman, Mike Kelly, said “We are very proud of our relationship with Flying Scotsman. From her debut visit to the ELR back in 1993 to being the first heritage railway to host her following her extensive £4.2million restoration in January 2016, to now where she will make a number of appearances on our line throughout the year, captivating thousands of more visitors as the world’s most famous engine. She has a very special place in our hearts and we can’t wait to welcome her back to the North West.”

2018 Schedule

10/11 March
Public display at East Lancashire Railway
www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk
0333 320 2830
enquiries@eastlancsrailway.org.uk
30 March, 1/2 April (Easter weekend) 
Public display at East Lancashire Railway
www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk
0333 320 2830
enquiries@eastlancsrailway.org.uk
19 April
Flying Scotsman to Scarborough trip
One-way trip to Scarborough from London’s King’s Cross station
enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk
01553 661 500
www.railwaytouring.net
12/13 May
Trips on East Lancashire Railway
www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk
0333 320 2830
enquiries@eastlancsrailway.org.uk
19–22 May (4-day trip)
The Cathedrals Express to Edinburgh
London Kings Cross – Edinburgh Waverley
www.steamdreams.co.uk 
01483 209888
info@steamdreams.co.uk
20 May
Forth Bridge Morning Tour from Edinburgh Waverley
Forth Bridge Afternoon Tour from Edinburgh Waverley
Forth Bridge Evening Tour from Edinburgh Waverleywww.steamdreams.co.uk 
01483 209888
info@steamdreams.co.uk
20 May
Edinburgh to Edinburgh via the Fife Circle
www.steamdreams.co.uk 
01483 209888
info@steamdreams.co.uk
31 May 
Chiltern Hills Lunchtime Tour from London
www.steamdreams.co.uk 
01483 209888
info@steamdreams.co.uk
31 May
Surrey Evening Flyer from London
www.steamdreams.co.uk 
01483 209888
info@steamdreams.co.uk
5 June
Chiltern Hills Lunchtime Tour from London
www.steamdreams.co.uk 
01483 209888
info@steamdreams.co.uk
5 June
Surrey Evening Flyer from London
www.steamdreams.co.uk 
01483 209888
info@steamdreams.co.uk
18–21 (4-day trip)
The Lakes Express
London Victoria – The Lake District
Flying Scotsman on the outward journey as far as Barrow Hill
www.steamdreams.co.uk 
01483 209888
info@steamdreams.co.uk
23 June
The Scarborough Flyer
Scarborough to Ealing Broadway (return diesel hauled)
www.railwaytouring.net
01553 661 500
enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk
30 June
The Yorkshireman
Ealing Broadway to York (return diesel hauled)
www.railwaytouring.net
01553 661 500
enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk
8 July
The Waverley
York to Carlisle (and return)
www.railwaytouring.net
01553 661 500
enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk
4 August
The Cumbrian Mountain Express
Crewe to Carlisle (and return)
enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk
01553 661 500
www.railwaytouring.net
24/25/26/27 August
Trips on East Lancashire Railway
www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk
0333 320 2830
enquiries@eastlancsrailway.org.uk
5/6/7/8 September
Trips on East Lancashire Railway
www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk
0333 320 2830
enquiries@eastlancsrailway.org.uk
9 September
Public Display at East Lancashire Railway
www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk
0333 320 2830
enquiries@eastlancsrailway.org.uk

Please note that the National Railway Museum is not running these tours – all enquiries about tickets and bookings should be made to the relevant tour operator:
Steam Dreams – 01483 209 888 (9am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday).
Railway Touring Company – 01553 661 500 (8.30am to 5pm, Monday-Friday & Saturday 9am to 4pm).
East Lancashire Railway – 0333 320 2830

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