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.
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.
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.