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Article from BTNews 26 MAY 2014

The Flying Scotsman

East Coast’s flagship Flying Scotsman express service from Edinburgh and Newcastle to London King’s Cross has marked its third birthday.  East Coast is a government-owned rail service established in November 2009 following the collapse of National Express East Coast. 

Today the train operator confirms the ‘Flying Scotsman’ departs Edinburgh Waverley at 05:40 each weekday, stopping only at Newcastle at 07:03 and arriving at London King’s Cross at 09:40.  The service has carried over 160,000 passengers since its launch – with usage growing by around 25% over the last three years.  The orginal steam engine ‘Flying Scotsman' took eight hours between the two capitals, the service soon augmented with a barber’s shop on board.

Peter Williams, Commercial Director, East Coast, said: “The Flying Scotsman service has proved an outstanding success, particularly in Newcastle where it offers the fastest available non-stop rail journey to London at just 2hrs 37mins.

“Combined with the wider timetable improvements – the biggest for a generation – and complimentary First Class food and drinks service introduced at the same time, we delivered more seats, more services and many faster journeys for millions of passengers.  East Coast’s Flying Scotsman is at the heart of that success story.”

The steam ‘Flying Scotsman’ is in the National Railway Museum, York, on today’s train route.  www.eastcoast.co.uk

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