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The Flying Scotsman will pass through Greater Manchester as it celebrates its 100th birthday

A true British icon.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 24th February 2023

The Flying Scotsman is celebrating 100 years since her first service – and the iconic locomotive will be passing through Greater Manchester as part of the celebrations.

The record-breaking engine first entered service way back in 1923, later restored to become the world’s most famous steam engine.

The sight of the much-loved dark green machine carving through the countryside has become one of the most iconic British scenes in history.

And we’ll soon be able to see it with our own eyes when it pulls in to the East Lancashire Railway next month.

As part of the Flying Scotsman’s 100 year celebrations, she’ll be heading to the Irwell Valley for several journeys.

The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman. Credit: East Lancashire Railway

Fans will also be able to visit the magnificent LNER Class A3 60103 when the locomotive is static, to see this legendary beast up close.

You can ride on board the Flying Scotsman between 11 March and 19 March, across five daily journeys.


Tickets for a ride on board are £36 for adults and £22.50 for children – the price includes a round trip between Bury and Rawtenstall and back to Bury, plus unlimited travel on all other services on your chosen date full length of the line between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall, and free entry into the Bury Transport Museum.

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For a more luxurious experience, you can also book a dinner on the Flying Scotsman, with luxury reserved seats recreating the glamour of rail travel from days gone by.

Guests will be served a four-course dining experience while cruising through the Irwell Valley.


Tickets for this Black Tie experience cost £130 per person.

You can find out more about the Flying Scotsman’s visit to Greater Manchester at eastlancsrailway.org.uk/events-activities/flying-scotsman-at-the-elr.

Featured image: East Lancs Railway