Flying Scotsman (train)

Flying Scotsman (Train)

Flying Scotsman (train)

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The Flying Scotsman is an express passenger train service that has been running between London and Edinburgh—the capitals of England and Scotland respectively—since 1862. It is currently operated by East Coast.

History

The East Coast Main Line over which the Flying Scotsman runs was built in the 19th century by many small railway companies, but mergers and acquisitions led to only three companies controlling the route; the North British Railway, the North Eastern Railway and the Great Northern Railway. In 1860 the three companies established the East Coast Joint Stock for through services using common vehicles, and it is from this agreement that the Flying Scotsman came about.

East Coast Joint Stock

The first Special Scotch Express ran in 1862, with simultaneous departures at 10:00 from the GNR's and North British's . The original journey took 10½ hours, including a half-hour stop at York for lunch; however, increasing competition and improvements in railway technology saw this time reduced to 8½ hours by the time of the Race to the North in 1888.

From 1900, the train was dramatically modernised, introducing such features as corridors between carriages, heating, and dining cars. As passengers could now take luncheon on the train, the York stop was reduced to 15 minutes, but the end-to-end journey time remained 8½ hours.

London and North Eastern Railway



In 1923, the railways of Britain were 'grouped' into the so-called 'Big Four'. Consequently, all three...
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