This Limited Edition Corgi Rail Legends Model captures LNER 4472 Flying Scotsman with a white roof signifying that the locomotive is on royal duties. On this occasion the locomotive was being used to haul the Royal train carrying Her Royal Majesty The Queen Mother between Stratford and Woolwich in East London on Tuesday 20th November 1984. The purpose of the Royal visit was to open the new North Woolwich Station Museum.
Originally built in 1923 the Flying Scotsman is undoubtedly the world’s most famous steam locomotive. Constructed by the Great Northern Railway as an A1 class in February 1923, the Flying Scotsman was then later converted to an A3 class by London North East Railway (LNER) and re-entered traffic in January 1947. The A1’s were designed for use as main-line passenger services but with the demand on the railway network through increased traffic and longer journeys, Gresley needed to improve these locomotives to run more efficiently. After various experiments on the A1’s, the A3’s were formed, in total there were twenty seven built new and all the existing fifty two A1’s were converted, the Flying Scotsman being one of these.
As the only preserved A3 class locomotive still in existence today, the Flying Scotsman has a captivating history as the flagship locomotive of the LNER. Having had various modifications the Flying Scotsman was one of five Gresley Pacific’s, chosen to pull the prestigious non-stop ‘Flying Scotsman’ train service from London to Edinburgh, completing the three hundred and ninety two mile trip in only eight hours. In 1934 the Flying Scotsman became the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded travelling at one hundred mph. In 1963 the Flying Scotsman was sold into preservation and during this time has run tours in America and Australia before finally coming home to Britain.