Like many of you, no doubt, I watched the hour long trip down the Severn Valley on the footplate of Flying Scotsman. By TV standards it wasn’t too bad, far less patronising than many previous attempts to portray the fascination of railway enthusiasm. The fireman was a deft hand with the shovel but, by his own admission, didn’t quite get the fire right – too much in the middle, not enough down the sides and back corners. It might just be me but, I thought the driver was rather nervous and a little frightened of the engine – he was certainly unfamiliar with it.
Personally speaking, I would much rather have seen an hour’s worth of action, on the main line, with an experienced crew, showing just what it takes to keep a main line express locomotive, and a 10 or 11 coach train, on the move, at speeds up to 75mph – or above, if the loco is permitted to run beyond that limit. It’s not that I need to be shown what that is like – having done it for quite a few years in the 60s. However, it would have given the viewer a much greater understanding of what was involved, for tens of thousands of men, on a daily basis, often for the full 50 years of service.
Still mustn’t grumble, and, as my wife remarked, it was a good recruiting ad to get young lads involved and for the Severn Valley Railway too.
No.60103 Flying Scotsman is pictured at Stocksfield with the returning Carlisle – York ‘Waverley’ excursion, earlier this year.
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