The ‘Flying Scotsman’ one of the world’s most famous steam engines, will travel down the North Wales coast line on Saturday, 22nd September, stopping at Bangor station at 12.50pm.
Built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway the Flying Scotsman has been described as the world’s most famous steam locomotive. It was employed on long-distance express East Coast Main Line and notably on the London to Edinburgh ’Flying Scotsman’ train service after which it was named.
The locomotive set two world records for, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour on 30 November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles on 8 August 1989 while in Australia. The engine retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2.08 million miles.
On Saturday the ‘Flying Scotsman’ will start its journey at Crewe, travelling through Chester and along the Dee estuary, with views across to the Wirral. Once on the North Wales coast the train will pass Rhyl and Colwyn Bay before crossing Stephenson’s magnificent Conway Castle Bridge.
When the train arrives at Bangor passengers will be given the option to alight for a coach tour of Anglesey or a visit to Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, before rejoining the train at its final destination of Holyhead later in the afternoon.
On leaving Bangor the ‘Flying Scotsman’ crosses the Menai Straits using the Britannia Bridge onto Anglesey. The journey across the island takes the train through Llanfair PG and past RAF Valley before easing into Holyhead at 1.25pm.
After a three hour afternoon break the return journey will retrace the outward, leaving Holyhead at 4.25pm back to Crewe. There isn’t a scheduled stop at Bangor on the return journey, but The ‘Flying Scotsman’ is expected to pass through Bangor station at approximately 5pm.