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No money incentives required for the dedicated volunteers bringing the defunct Whitby to Pickering up to speed for re-opening, and for the arrival of the iconic Flying Scotsman.
Non-Fiction 1973 4 mins
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The hardest working engine on the North York Moors Railway, the NER P3 (2392), hauls a train under Darnholm Bridge, while volunteers are busy collecting paper to raise money, and working on the line and Pickering Station in preparation for the official opening. After which, the most famous locomotive of them all, the Flying Scotsman fresh from a tour of the US, proves a great attraction for the many sightseers.
This is one of a large collection of films made by Ken Clough, who was member of the York section of the supporters of the North York Moors Railway, and trained with them to drive diesels. It was an amazing feat for volunteers to raise the necessary funds, and bring the severely dilapidated line into working order in less than six years. The Flying Scotsman was built as long ago as 1923, one of Sir Nigel Gresley’s A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the railway. It got its name from the London to Edinburgh run, doing the first ever non-stop service in 1928. In 1934 it was the first locomotive to officially reach 100mph.
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