Flying Scotsman, an LNER Class A3 Pacific, is the last of Gordon's brothers. He holds the record for being the first engine to officially run at 100 mph. In addition, Flying Scotsman has been described as the world's most famous steam locomotive.
The Railway Series
In 1967, Flying Scotsman came to Sodor to cheer up his only surviving brother, Gordon. He had two tenders at the time he arrived, causing Henry to feel jealous. During his visit, he got on well with most of the Fat Controller's Engines and took charge of "the Limited" in place of 7101 when Henry rescued both him and 199 as both diesels failed. After his visit, Flying Scotsman left with his enthusiasts when the Fat Controller announced that steam engines will still be at work on the North Western Railway.
Gordon later said that Flying Scotsman told him about the Silver Jubilee.
Thomas & Friends
In the third season episode, Tender Engines, Flying Scotsman visits Sodor and his two tenders appeared emerging out of Knapford Harbour station. The engines admired his two tenders (except Henry), which the Fat Controller said were due to long distances between coaling depots. Flying Scotsman is not referred to by name and Gordon does not appear to recognise him.
In the Railway Series, Gordon was happy to see Flying Scotsman when he came to Sodor. Flying Scotsman proved popular with the engines, however, did spark a little jealousy with Henry, who proved envious of his two tenders. He provided Gordon and the others reassurance at a time when steam on the Mainland was officially being abolished in favour of modern diesel traction.
Flying Scotsman is based upon the real locomotive of the same name, built in February 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of Sir Nigel Gresley. The locomotive set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30th November 1934 and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8th August 1989 while in Australia. For more information - see here.
In the Railway Series and television series, Flying Scotsman is painted in the LNER Apple Green livery with black and white lining and with "LNER" painted on the sides of his first tender and the number "4472" on his second in yellow. In the television series, his pistons are painted a darker green and he lacks lining and his number on his front bufferbeam.
- He was intended to have a larger role in Tender Engines, however, the modelling crew could not afford to build the entire engine.
- "You've changed a lot!"
- "I had a rebuild at Crewe. They didn't do a proper Doncaster job of course, but it serves".
- "I had a rebuild too and looked hideous. But my owner said I was an extra special engine and made them give me back my proper shape".
- "Is that why you have two tenders, being special?"
- "No, you'd hardly believe it Gordon, but over there they hardly have any coal and water".
- "But surely, every proper railway!"
- "Exactly. You are lucky Gordon, to have a controller who knows how to run railways".
- Gordon reunited with his only remaining brother, Flying Scotsman, "Tenders for Henry".
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