There is much excitement surrounding the visit of Flying Scotsman to Devon and Cornwall this October. Here is the full Press Release from Steam Dreams containing all of the details. Do let us know if you are making the trip to the wall or if you will be watching on the cameras.

For the first time since its historic overhaul the world’s most famous steam locomotive, Flying Scotsman will be visiting Devon and Cornwall, The famous locomotive has not got beyond Taunton so far during its two years back on the main line, but now that is to be put right as she is joined by fellow LNER locomotive, B1 Class Mayflower, in a wonderful celebration of British Engineering.

Flying Scotsman will travel to Taunton early on Thursday 4 October, and will make its first foray into Devon, leaving Taunton in the afternoon for a run across the famous sea wall at Dawlish to Plymouth. Those who know this line well will be aware that there are some of the steepest gradients on Britain’s railways between Totnes and Plymouth, and that’s why Flying Scotsman will have B1 Mayflower with her to provide extra power.

On Saturday 6 October the train will leave Plymouth at approximately 1130hrs for a trip along the Cornish Main Line into Cornwall. Passengers can sit back and relax in elegantly restored 1950s and 60s carriages as Flying Scotsman sets off across the famous Prince Albert Bridge over the River Tamar into Cornwall and on to Penzance. Once there, passengers can stretch their legs and explore the town before the train departs, diesel hauled this time, with the same vintage carriages, to return to Plymouth for 1730hrs. Passengers in Pullman Style Dining and Premier Dining will be served champagne and canapés followed by a three course meal served over the two legs of the journey.

On Monday 8 October the train starts out from Plymouth once again, at approximately 0900hrs for a trip along the South Devon Main Line to Exeter. Passengers will enjoy a scenic journey through pretty countryside, along the southern edge of Dartmoor over hills and viaducts, but the highlight of the trip will no doubt be the dramatic10 miles of coastline along the Dawlish sea wall before we travel along the Exe Estuary. At Exeter there will be a chance for passengers to leave the train before departing, diesel hauled this time, to return to Plymouth for 1215hrs. Passengers in Pullman Style Dining and Premier Dining will be served a champagne brunch.

In the afternoon, passengers will step aboard the train in Exeter at approximately 1530hrs, before setting off, double-headed with Flying Scotsman and B1 Mayflower, along the Exeter and Bristol Railway, across the Somerset Levels and through the Mendip Hills. At Bristol there will be a chance for passengers to stretch their legs before the train departs, diesel-hauled, to return to Exeter for 1900hrs. Passengers in Pullman Style Dining and Premier Dining will be served a champagne cream tea.

Steam Dreams Founder Marcus Robertson is delighted to be giving passengers in Devon an opportunity to enjoy Flying Scotsman first hand: “We’ve had a lot of experience in the last two years of running special Flying Scotsman trips, but for this special venture we have teamed up with Riley’s Engineering, custodians of Flying Scotsman and the National Railway Museum to take the locomotive to as many people as possible. Our trip to Cornwall has been deliberately timed on a Saturday to open up this fabulous experience to children and adults alike including those who would not otherwise be able to get there during the week.

“It really should be the most fantastic celebration of an icon of British engineering, and wherever the locomotive has been, the crowds have come out in amazing numbers. Of course it goes without saying that in planning these trips we will be working with the British Transport Police and station staff to ensure that while we really want people to see the loco, we want them to do so safely and lawfully”.

David Buck, Owner of Steam Dreams added: “Flying Scotsman is synonymous with world records. It was the first steam locomotive to reach 100 mph in 1934 and then set the record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles in 1989 and now we are bringing Flying Scotsman to Cornwall for the first time ever. It is a privilege to be part of this historic occasion and I am delighted Steam Dreams, with the help of Rileys and the National Railway Museum can make it happen”.

Jim Lowe, head of operations at the National Railway Museum, said:
“In the past two years, Flying Scotsman has been seen by thousands of people as we embarked on a national tour of heritage railways and scenic main line routes across the UK, but the locomotive has not visited Devon or Cornwall since being restored – until now.

“This will be an exciting experience for everyone and even in the days of steam, a visiting London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) locomotive such as Flying Scotsman would have been a rare site, so I’m sure this special locomotive will receive a warm welcome.”

Passengers can travel in one of four classes, starting from £99 per person in Premium Standard where passengers are seated at tables of four, with crisp white tablecloths and complimentary tea and coffee at their seats, right up to £239 in Pullman Style Dining where customers will enjoy either a champagne brunch, champagne cream tea or a full meal.

Anyone interested in travelling with Steam Dreams should call the Booking Office on 01483 209888 or visit www.SteamDreams.co.uk.

The details of the trips which will travel past Dawlish are as follows:
Thursday 4 October
Flying Scotsman from Taunton
Steam hauled one-way (outward)
Fares from £99pp
Book online: https://www.steamdreams.co.uk/tours.php?tourid=72101

Monday 8 October
Flying Scotsman & Mayflower from Plymouth
Steam hauled one-way (outward)
Fares from £99pp
Book online: https://www.steamdreams.co.uk/tours.php?tourid=72104
Booking Office: 01483 209888

Both trips are running double-headed with B1 Mayflower which should make for some fantastic footage!