Saturday, 28 May 2011

4472 is back

Today 4472 is back. I awoke on the first day of half term to a Radio 4 Today story about what is this great day. After five years of restoration, 4472 is back on display in the NRM and will shortly be in action once again. This is great news for the museum and for everyone who loves railways. Yesterday before an invited audience, the restored engine was unveiled. Today as part of the half term programme, the general public get to see her.

The NRM's own website contains full details of all the events planned and also a number of associated goodies like models that have been commissioned. The models just now don't appear too obvious on the website. I think they soon will be. The museum has however sent me this information:
"The National Railway Museum shop has a limited offer on Hornby Special Edition Flying Scotsman 00 gauge working
models, DCC ready. There will be:

500x Wartime black livery available with certificate, £149 each
1000x Apple green livery available with certificate, £146 each

Don't miss out. Visit the museum and pre-order your model at the shop from 28 May or online from 1 June. Collection & delivery will be from the museum from 6 October 2011."

For my own take on the occasion, what better than a picture of the very first time I encountered Scotsman when she made a visit in steam to Norwich in 1967?


  1. An interesting view of the preview event by someone who was there is placed here!/notes/george-falkner/flying-scotsman-the-peoples-engine-the-cost-of-heritage/10150177637817854

  2. En route to Luxembourg on Tuesday 31st May, we passed the NRM about 0930. 4472 was sat outside and looked very different but also smart in its wartime black livery.