The Flying Scotsman

Speed, Style, Service

Andrew McLean

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 025 0

    Size: 254 x 229 mm (9 x 10 in.)

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 176

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    Date published: February, 2016

    UK £30 /US $49.95


  • Stylish illustrated book on ‘the world’s most famous train’, published in collaboration with the National Railway Museum in York
  • Covers areas that have been neglected by previous histories and includes images not seen in print since the 1930s


During the golden age of railway travel in the 1920s and 1930s The Flying Scotsman was synonymous with speed and the highest standards of comfort and service. The Flying Scotsman: Speed, Style, Service tells the story of this remarkable train and how it has become a part of British popular culture, featuring in films, TV documentaries, children’s toys, books, music and artworks. While the name ‘Flying Scotsman’ is well known to many, the complete story of the train and its place in British social history has been untold until now. Combining engaging text with a wealth of images – including much previously unpublished material – this book seeks to shed new light on this legend of the railways.

Until 15 April 2016, this title is available exclusively from the National Railway Museum, York. Thereafter it will be available in the general book trade.

Author information

Andrew McLean is Head Curator of the National Railway Museum, York. He has written on a diverse range of subjects including historic architecture and the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. He is a member of the Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board.