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4472 | Flying Scotsman

Non-stop from London to Edinburgh - can the Flying Scotsman do it again 40 years later?

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 11 August 1968

DURATION | 39 minutes 46 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1968

Synopsis

This programme follows the attempt made to drive the Flying Scotsman directly from King's Cross to Waverley station without stopping, just as it was done 40 years ago. There is some spectacular aerial photography of the train en route and we meet the engine's owner, Alan Pegler, and some travellers and well wishers along the way. One of the passengers, a rather famous vicar and train enthusiast, explains how he first came to write stories about engines for his sick little boy, who insisted they were all given names.

Did you know?

Reverend Awdry, as well as writing the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' stories, appeared in some of the illustrations for his own books as the Thin Clergyman. His travelling companion in this programme, Cuthbert Hamilton Ellis, was also a writer and illustrator of books about trains, with a particular interest in the study of carriages and model railways.

Contributors

Rev WV Awdry
Contributor
Richard Bowles
Contributor
Ted Hailstone
Contributor
Cuthbert Hamilton Ellis
Contributor
George Harman
Contributor
Molly Holmes
Contributor
Captain Holmes
Contributor
Contributor
Les Richards
Contributor
James Waist
Contributor
Peter Bartlett
Camera
Gene Carr
Camera
Tony Wheeler
Director

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