Events for Wednesday 30th November 2011
On This Day in History
Flying Scotsman becomes the first steam locomotive to reach 100mph30th November 1934
The LNER Class A3 Pacific locomotive no. 4472 "Flying Scotsman" (originally no. 1472) was built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of H.N. Gresley. It was employed on long-distance express trains on the LNER, notably the 10am London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman service after which this locomotive was named. On 30th November 1934 it became the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded at 100 mph.
Further ReadingFlying Scotsman
by Brian Sharpe
From hauling the first non-stop express from London to Edinburgh in 1928 and breaking the 100mph barrier in 1934, to being sold in 1963, and to its final home at the York National Railway Centre, The Flying Scotsman has a rich and, at times, controversial history.
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