The iconic train known around the world – The Flying Scotsman

First constructed in 1923, the LNER Class A3 4472 became a flagship locomotive for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), and due to its notable service on the London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman line, the train itself became known as The Flying Scotsman.

Over its long career, The Flying Scotsman set two world records; one for being the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100mph, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles whilst in Australia.

Flying Scotsman Swayfield Lodge Peterborough 1983 - The iconic train known around the world – The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman pictured in 1983.

The Flying Scotsman was retired from active service in 1963 after covering over 2.08 million miles, and was bought by several private owners, before finally being purchased by the National Railway Museum in 2004 for £2.3 million.

After a couple of years of failed uses as a charter train due to various mechanical issues, in 2006 The Flying Scotsman entered the National Railway Museum’s workshops to begin a large scale overhaul and restoration project.

The complete restoration of the locomotive took ten years to complete – during which time the A4 boiler was replaced with a spare A3 boiler which matched up to the locomotive’s original specifications. Other issues were encountered during the restoration, including misaligned frames, and cracking throughout the frame and cylinders.

Finally, in January of 2016, The Flying Scotsman’s restoration was fully completed and returned to active service wearing its Wartime Black livery.

Flying Scotsman Bicester 2018 - The iconic train known around the world – The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman’s restoration was completed in 2016.

As part of this restoration, the left trailing front bogie axle-boxes had to be replaced. These axle boxes were each stamped with ‘103’ – the number The Flying Scotsman ran under in post-war years, and as such would’ve covered hundreds of thousands of miles whilst fitted to the famous locomotive.

These axle boxes were then melted down into ingots, before being commissioned by The Westminster Collection to be cast into miniature sculptures of The Flying Scotsman for use in a special commemorative issue

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The Axle Boxes from The Flying Scotsman were cast into miniature sculptures of the iconic train.

The BRAND NEW Flying Scotsman Provenance Commemorative

And now, a small number of collectors have the chance to own a BRAND NEW Commemorative featuring an ACTUAL piece of The Flying Scotsman

This incredible commemorative features an original piece of The Flying Scotsman, cast into the shape of the iconic locomotive and meticulously precision set into a deluxe SUPERSIZE 70mm commemorative.

Flying Scotsman Provenance Medal - The iconic train known around the world – The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman Provenance Commemorative

Even without the piece of The Flying Scotsman, this commemorative is a work of engineering art in its own right. Combined with the original piece of Flying Scotsman, it becomes a piece of locomotive history

Only 250 lucky collectors have the chance to own this special new commemorative. The last Provenance commemorative that featured a piece of Hawker Hurricane SOLD OUT in a matter of weeks. Click here to secure your Flying Scotsman Provenance Commemorative while you can!


  1. Julie Davies on May 23, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    I would like to know how much the Flying Scotsman Provenance Commemorative costs before I commit to purchasing one.
    Thank you.
    Yours faithfully,

    Julie Davies

    • Adam Turnbull on June 4, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Hi Julie, it costs £395 but you’re able to pay with an initial deposit of £39.50 (+p&p) followed by a further 9 interest free instalments of £39.50 every month, subject to acceptance and status. Full details for this commemorative can be found here:

      • Julie Davies on June 4, 2021 at 3:33 pm

        Many thanks indeed for your reply. After further consideration I will not be purchasing one of the Commemorative Flying Scotsman coins but am grateful to have had the opportunity to be able to do so.

  2. Martin Sheldon on May 22, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    How much

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