31st August 1969

Flying Scotsman Enterprises & The L.N.E.R. Society
(Flying Scotsman Summer Tour)

Loco Used steam: 4472 'Flying Scotsman'

Route :

Loco Route
4472 London Kings Cross - (via ECML, Selby) - York - Sunderland - Newcastle
4472 Newcastle - (via ECML, Selby) - London Kings Cross

Notes :
(1) Route confirmation required - above is from booked timings & ticket however Dave McGee believes the outward leg did go via Sunderland. A covering letter that was sent out to passengers detailed that this was to be the last tour of 4472 in 1969 before the loco was shipped to the U.S.A. in September 1969 for an extensive visit until the middle of 1970. It appears the originally intended non-stop outward run to York had to be altered late in the planning due to engineering works north of Doncaster which resulted in stop at Doncaster to take on a pilotman, with the train being routed then via Normanton. After a break in York the run to Newcastle and back was advertised to be a non-stop run. On final departure from York a non-stop run to London was planned - organisers suggesting the actual arrival time into Kings Cross would be by 11pm rather than the booked time (given in the covering letter as 23.20 but on the back of the ticket as 23.30).

From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

Sources : Dave McGee (on the train from York to Newcastle and return to York) & John Debens

Timings (Booked Only)
(from John Debens)

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Kings Cross 09.00d 23.30a
Doncaster 12*10 ~ 12*12 ?
York 12.50a ~ 14.50d 18.50a ~ 19.56d
Newcastle 16/50 -

Note :
(1) The printed timings on the rear of the tour ticket gave the arrival time back into York as 19.50 however the covering letter stated it to be 18.50 with an hour and six minutes being allowed to coal and water 4472, therefore it is assumed the 19.50 arrival time was a typing error.

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