Flying Scotsman took a break in its inaugural year from main line runs and preserved line visits, to go on display for nine days at Locomotion Shildon, the northern outpost of the National Railway Museum. Also on display were other steam icons from the LNER and NER eras, not to mention one of the NRM's two Deltic diesels.
Having booked a photographic visit in the early morning of Saturday 30 July, we arrived on the Friday night and had a quick look round the museum during the last hour of general opening. Returning the following morning in glorious sunshine we had free range amongst the exhibits (including an impressive forklift in Deltic colours!). The only constraint was the low sun which made some photographic angles problematic.
The highlight of the session was when Scotsman herself moved to take up her place on the brake van shuttles - a heartwarming finale to an excellent visit. Congratulations to the Shildon team for their excellent organisation of the event
© Peter Hewitt's Transport Pictures