The Flying Scotsman will be joined by some very special guests at the 'Flying Scotsman & The Shildon Shed Bash' event at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon from July 23 to 31, 2016.
The event at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon is inspired by the famous 'Shed Bashes' of the 1950s and 1960s, when avid trainspotters would visit a railway shed by fair means or foul, and try to see every locomotive in it. Trainspotters would call seeing Flying Scotsman at Shildon a 'rare cop', as it wouldn't usually visit there!
Following a decade-long, £4.2million restoration, Flying Scotsman is now appearing as No. 60103 in BR Green, as it was when it was retired by British Railways in 1963. When this steam icon visits Shildon for the 'Flying Scotsman & The Shildon Shed Bash' event, it will be joined by guest locomotives in liveries from the same period – giving fans that chance to re-create the authentic 'Shed Bash' feel!
Flying Scotsman will be in light steam for the event, and is due to be joined by A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa and Q6 No. 63395, also in light steam. J72 No. 69023 Joem will be in steam for passenger train rides daily. The line-up will be completed by D9002 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, newly restored to BR two-tone green, along with V2 4771 Green Arrow.
Visitors to the main daytime event will be able to access cabs of locomotives including Flying Scotsman whilst it is in steam, as well as enjoy children's activities, a talks programme, and browse a selection of trade stands. The main daytime event will run from 9.30am to 6pm with free admission – please note that the usual charge applies for steam train rides.
An enhanced train timetable will operate for the duration of the event, giving additional journey opportunities between Darlington and Shildon.
Please note that through trains to/from Saltburn may be different to the long-term timetable. The full timetable for the Bishop Auckland - Saltburn route is given here.