This is the incredible biography of the most famous steam locomotive in the world.
Think of the Golden Age of Steam and one train leaps to mind above all others: the Flying Scotsman, Nigel Gresley’s elegant masterpiece of a locomotive. She broke the world speed record in 1934, and has enthralled millions with her beauty and power. Impressively, her post-war career has been even more varied and exciting than her early triumphs.
Now Andrew Roden tells the Scotsman’s remarkable story, from her construction through the glory days, to the decline of steam and her rollercoaster fortunes in the subsequent years. She was nearly abandoned on a tour of the United States after money ran out, crossed the Australian interior, and was put up for sale when the company that owned her went bankrupt in 2003. A massive public campaign saved her for the nation, and the Flying Scotsman’s restoration began in 2005 at the National Railway Museum.
Roden brings her story memorably to life through interviews with those involved with the Scotsman over the years. Above all, he asks: why do grown men risk their life savings to own her? Why do thousands of people still line the trackside when she’s due to race past? Just what is the eternal appeal of the Flying Scotsman?