Monday, 11 March 2013

Flying Scotsman delayed till 2015

I shall try not to get too emotive about 4472 although I find it difficult not to observe that the time/money the engine and the A4 party have consumed could have been spent a 1000 better ways. The NRM is at York, yes, but it was not intended to be Gresley centric. Anyway enough comment, I simply want to record the links on the latest chapter in the saga:

Will not steam before 2015 and major expenditure still in front. In essence the Tony Marchington era supercharged and blew the engine. This was not properly appreciated in 2004. 

More (Heritage Railway)

And the FCP report with a personally felt surprising number of redactions (said to be because a tender process for the repairs will start).  Two PDFs to download. 

Header photo dates my first encounter with 4472 on visit to Norwich in 1967. Plenty of ephemera about the engine including my 1967 excursion Norwich to York (first visit to museum) in The Forsythe Collection in Search Engine at NRM.

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