Hornby R3443 Flying Scotsman Class A3 Brunswick Green Special Edition DCC Ready
The danger of being sold into overseas ownership, Flying Scotsman was incorporated into the National Collection in April 2004, following a successful campaign to save the locomotive led by the National Railway Museum.
Decisions were taken to bring the locomotive in for heavy intermediate repair in September 2004, followed in January 2006 by an 18-month heavy general repair. For the next five years, Flying Scotsman was subject to a vicious cycle of maintenance, as each problem addressed led to the discovery of new faults.
In May 2011, it was believed that the locomotive was nearing a return to steam, with just a few tests remaining to be carried out when the discovery of cracks in the frame and horn blocks stopped progress. Faced with the choice between restoration and preservation, the NRM opted for the former and an intensive restoration programme, at the workshops of Riley & Son (E) of Bury, began.
Now fully restored and resplendent in its final British Railways livery of Brunswick Green and numbered as 60103, Flying Scotsman’s return to steam in 2016 will be an event for the nation to join in with and will finally realise the wishes of the National Railway Museum when the locomotive was first acquired for the nation.