The world-famous steam train is on tour again this summer, and if you are staying at our holiday homes for sale, North Wales on Saturday 22nd September, you might be lucky to see it chug past!
The Flying Scotsman will be travelling from Crewe to Holyhead in Anglesey on a route called the Ynys-Mon Express, passing by Prestatyn, Rhyl and Colwyn Bay on the train line, and will also cross the Conwy Railway Bridge over the River Conwy. There will also be a stop for a water break at Bangor, before it heads to its destination, over the Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait. At Holyhead, the locomotive will be stopping for three hours.
Thousands of people are expected to go to local stations along the North Wales route to catch a glimpse of the steam engine. The Ynys-Mon Express route will take the train close to Snowdonia, offering the passengers fantastic views of the foothills. If you don’t get a chance to see it on the way to Holyhead, the Flying Scotsman will be retracing the line back to Chester, passing the main railway stations on the North Wales line again.
About the Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman is a passenger train that began its service in 1862, travelling between London and Edinburgh and was called the Special Scotch Express. The original journey time between the two capitals took ten and a half hours, including a half hour stop in York for lunch. The train was modernised in 1896, introducing dining cars, heating and corridors between carriages.
In 1924, the train was renamed the Flying Scotsman and was part of the British Empire Exhibition that same year. Four years later, more changes were made, meaning it didn’t have to stop on its journey, making it the first non-stop journey between London and Edinburgh.
In the Second World War, the Flying Scotsman was repainted black from its usual apple green. Other colours have included blue and British Rail green. It remained that colour when it was retired in 1963. By then, it had seen many alterations and had been in service for several decades. Steam engines were also becoming old-fashioned.
Since its retirement, the Flying Scotsman has done several tours in the UK, using mainline railways, and has also been to the USA and Australia. In 2006, the locomotive saw an extensive restoration, lasting ten years, and in 2016, the £4.2 million project was completed. Today, it is seen as a national treasure and one of a few working steam engines in the UK.
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Image credit Charlie Jackson