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Flying Scotsman returns to the National Railway Museum for October half term

Flying Scotsman, the world’s most famous locomotive, will be displayed at the National Railway Museum this October half term (21 October – 5 November) as part of its centenary celebrations.

On static display on the historic turntable in the museum’s Great Hall, visitors will be able to see the locomotive in all its glory with a 360-degree view for free and daily from 10.00-17.00 throughout half term, making its final visit to the museum during its centenary year. Flying Scotsman was last displayed on the turntable in 2016. 

Visitors can also take a journey back in time through the locomotive’s greatest moments over the last 100 years in the multisensory Flying Scotsman VR experience.A cast of historic figures take visitors through the Flying Scotsman’s story including the British Empire Exhibition, 100mph record-breaking run and journeys around North America and Australia. Tickets for the VR experience must be booked in advance on the museum’s website.


The free centenary exhibition Flying Scotsman: 100 Years, 100 Voices will also be on display in the museum’s North Shed, which explores the human side of the locomotive’s legacy.

Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum said: “Flying Scotsman’s centenary is a fantastic opportunity for the public to see this world-famous locomotive, and we’re delighted that it will be on display on the turntable during the busy half term season. Visitors will be given a rare 360-degree view of the locomotive each day as part of a free museum admission ticket.”

Throughout the October half term, the museum’s largest ever family-focused interactive experience Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery, will be open after welcoming over 23,000 visitors since it opened in the summer.

The interactive gallery features 18 exciting hands-on exhibits which aim to inspire and spark curiosity in railways and engineering. During half term, visitors will be able to see a live science show as part of the general entry ticket, including new show Streamlined by Design, that investigates the force of air resistance and how shape affects speed. Tickets for Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery can be booked on the museum’s website.

On 25 October, a Network Rail supported workshop, Full Steam Ahead will explore the important role of rail engineers and other crucial jobs in the industry through hands-on activities. Visitors will learn about the innovative ideas and technologies shaping the future of the railways, while hearing from people working in the industry.

To celebrate 100 years since the Flying Scotsman first entered service, an unmissable programme of events has been created with opportunities for the public to see the locomotive and celebrate its iconic history. After its visit to the National Railway Museum, Flying Scotsman will be returning to its birthplace of Doncaster on 11 and 12 November, on the next stop in its centenary programme.

Over the festive period from 16 December to 2 January, Flying Scotsman will visit Locomotion in Shildon for a special centenary festival sponsored by CrossCountry, where the locomotive will be in light steam outside of the museum.

The Flying Scotsman centenary programme has been generously supported by Hornby Hobbies (Lead Sponsor) and has also been made possible thanks to the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Players of the Peoples Postcode Lottery.

For more information about Flying Scotsman’s return to the National Railway Museum, please visit:

To book tickets for Flying Scotsman VR experience, please visit:

To book tickets for Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery, please visit:

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