The National Railway Museum has today announced that Flying Scotsman’s return to steam has unfortunately been delayed.
The locomotive was due to carry out its steam tests and commissioning runs later this month before going on display at the National Railway Museum in August. Flying Scotsman is now expected to carry out its steam tests in the autumn and go on display in York later this year at a date to be confirmed. At this stage it is not possible to confirm when Flying Scotsman is expected to operate passenger journeys.
Flying Scotsman’s restoration has been delayed due to cracks found in the chassis in late June. After carrying out a thorough examination to identify the extent of the problem, it was established that the locomotive requires essential remedial work, which will be carried out in the next two weeks. This work will ensure that the locomotive continues to meet the high standards of work that have been employed throughout the project and that once it is complete, Flying Scotsman will be able to run for decades to come.
Steve Davies, Director of the National Railway Museum, said:
“It is very disappointing to announce that Flying Scotsman will be delayed and unable to go on display at the Museum this August as planned. However, it is important for our visitors to understand that the reason for the delay is because our workshop team are doing everything they can to ensure the remedial work taking place matches up to the meticulous approach that has been taken on the restoration project from the very beginning. The completed locomotive they will see later this year will be restored to the highest quality and our visitors can rest assured that the safety of the locomotive and its future passengers has been of utmost importance throughout the project.”