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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
Images: 200

UK £30.00 / US $49.95
(Until 15 April, available exclusively from the National Railway Museum)


  • 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 Combining engaging text with a wealth of images – including much previously unpublished material – this book seeks to shed new light on this legend of the railways.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.


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.


"The Flying Scotsman was the inspiration for the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter novels, a new book about the world’s most famous train suggests … National Railway Museum head curator Andrew McLean came across the links during research for his book The Flying Scotsman: Speed, Style, Service, which is being published to mark the completion of the locomotive’s £4.2 million restoration."
The Scotsman

"Yesterday’s emotional welcome for this grand survivor of another era shows that, even at the age of 93, it still casts a powerful spell.

The Daily Mail


Flying Scotsman…was recently voted the world’s favourite train, ahead of Thomas the Tank Engine, the Hogwarts Express and India’s Rajadhani Express. 
The Guardian

"In this beautifully designed book, we see shots of top-hatted stationmasters seeing the train off personally (such was its importance), immaculately laid out dining car tables, and pictures of passengers at work (trialling a very bulky early Dictaphone) and at leisure either at the cocktail bar or in the cinema car …  I wonder if anyone present that day could have predicted how nearly 100 years later it would continue capture the imagination? 

Best of British


A fascinating yet concise exploration of the most famous locomotive in the world"
The Scotsman