Sarah Parry, a blogger and garden photographer, based in North Wales, was recently given the opportunity to take a test run on the Flying Scotsman. As a contributor to The Foodie Travel Guide, she shares her photos with us from a day spent on the tracks.

Flying Scotsman Restored Engine

The Restored Flying Scotsman Engine

It’s taken 10 years and £4.2million to renovate The Flying Scotsman.

This famous engine, bought for the nation in 2004 by the National Railway Museum in York, represents all the nostalgia, romance and glamour associated with rail travel of yesteryear.

The engine hauled the first ever non-stop service between London and Edinburgh. Today though we’re travelling along the East Lancashire Railway line. Before its inaugural journey from London’s King’s Cross to York later this month, it’s going to be repainted with a shiny new coat in its traditional green livery.

The Flying Scotsman steams along the track

Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, Flying Scotsman became famous at The British Empire Exhibition in 1924. It has clocked over 2,500,000 miles ever since.

In the 1920s, the train had first-class restaurant facilities, a cocktail bar and radio equipment, so passengers could hear the horse-racing results. It even had its own hairdressing salon. We’re on a test run today so it’s not quite so glamorous, just a cup of coffee and a bacon butty to warm us up on this snowy winter’s day.

Stack of vintage suitcases on railway platform

Between May and September, the famous locomotive will be travelling around the country. You’ll have to be quick off the mark as tickets are expected to sell out. For the schedule see Scotsman On The Tracks.

old railway clock and station cafe sign

If you’re not lucky enough to get tickets, put on your cocktail dress and visit York Railway Museum for its Service With Style’ audio adventure (until 8th May). While you’re there try out some of our Top Foodie Things To Do in York. Alternatively, check out our recommendations for days out on the tracks and train dining experiences across the country.