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One blustery day in October of 1924, newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Basil Reed travel aboard the recently christened Flying Scotsman, a high-speed steam engine train that travels from London to Edinburgh, for their honeymoon. With only one short stop at York, Ginger anticipates time with her new husband will fly by... (Continue reading here)
The Flying Scotsman was a train designed by Sir Nigel Gresley. It would become one of the fastest locomotives of its time. Record breaking speeds of up to 100mph were what earned its title. The powerful LNR shortened the trip between London to Edinburgh from ten hours to eight and provided the first non-stop service. Beginning in 1862 this route was a daily service that began at 10 am.
The Flying Scotsman went on to break other records. In 1928 it achieved the longest regular non-stop train journey in the world after running a 393-mile express service. It was also one of the few locomotives that operated along the East Coast during World War II, transporting troops between London and Scotland.
At its peak the Flying Scotsman not only provided quick and efficient travel - but also luxury. The first-class dining facilities were state of the art for its time. The train also boasted its own radio equipment, a barber shop and a cocktail bar.
Although the Flying Scotsman ran its last train for the British Railways in 1963, its story was far from over.
Today it has become an iconic fixture made famous by The British Empire Exhibition. Many efforts have been made to save and restore the national treasure. In 2016 a massive project was undertaken to restore it in its original condition as a fully functioning locomotive, complete with the legendary green paint. The Flying Scotsman is now the oldest working locomotive in existence, celebrating over 150 years of faithful service. The Flying Scotsman is still used as a working museum exhibit that many people still flock to see and get a taste of a bygone era.
Railway writer C. Hamilton Ellis said of the Flying Scotsman:
"For a century it has been with us. Out on the great fens, across the Plain of York, in the hill villages of the North East and in the Border farms, people have set their clocks by it, down the long years."
You can learn more about the Flying Scotsman here: http://www.flyingscotsman.org.uk/about/
I hope you're as excited about my NEW series as I am!
The Higgins & Hawke Mysteries is a spin-off series from Ginger Gold. Join Haley and Samantha on their adventures during the depression years in Boston. I like to say it's 1930s meets Rizzoli & Isles!