Full steam ahead for Flying Scotsman's relaunch in 2016

The Flying Scotsman is about to come out of its siding and go mainline again – much to the delight of steam train aficionados around the world.

The Flying Scotsman ready to go full steam ahead again in the New Year

The Flying Scotsman ready to go full steam ahead again in the New Year Image by Tony Hisgett / CC BY 2.0

The long awaited return early next year has led to a number of test outings including one on the spectacular route from Settle to Carlisle.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the £4.2 million restorative package on the famous old locomotive has been on-going for a decade. Seeing it back in service will revive memories of the good old days when the Flying Scotsman became the first train to break the 100 miles per hour mark back in the 1930s.

In early January, the first mainline run on the Manchester- Carlisle track will be operated by The Railway Touring Company with tickets for the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express going on sale at £95.

However, the full ticket details have yet to be released for the East Lancashire Railway journeys.

On Saturday, 23 January, the Flying Scotsman will make the trip from Manchester to Carlisle, returning via Settle. This journey goes on a climb to the highest railway summit in England, at Ais Gill.

Catherine Farrell of the National Railway Museum said that climb will put the Flying Scotsman through its paces stressing that passengers would become part of a remarkable comeback tale.

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