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Flying Scotsman

The West Somerset Railway will be welcoming the iconic Flying Scotsman locomotive this September. I

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Flying Scotsman


The West Somerset Railway will be welcoming the iconic Flying Scotsman locomotive this September. It will be hauling special trains on 5th, 6th 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th September.

Special tickets will be available either

  • for travel from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead behind Flying Scotsman, and return by another special train to Bishops Lydeard, or
  • for travel out by special train to Minehead and return behind Flying Scotsman

Tickets will be available for specific trains and the special trains will only be available to passengers with reserved tickets for that train.  Passengers may use their special tickets to travel on our normal services that day, with no further charge.

Please note that dogs are not permitted to travel on the Flying Scotsman special trains, except for assistance dogs. 

Tickets are all now sold out, but if you wish to join our waiting list, please send your details to [email protected] 


No dates for this event are available at the moment

Travelling from Bishops Lydeard

Flying Scotsman trains run only on September 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th (NOT September 8th)

Passengers travel one way behind Flying Scotsman and the other way behind a named visiting locomotive (details to be announced).  All journeys commence and end at Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and travel the complete length of the West Somerset line to Minehead (a forty mile round trip).  Passengers change trains at Minehead. Both journeys are in fully reserved non-stop trains.  Both trains will convey a buffet car with a fully stocked licensed bar selling hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. On the Flying Scotsman, tea, coffee or fruit juice will be served free of charge at your seat.

There will be other scheduled stopping trains on the special days. Flying Scotsman tickets will also be valid for travel on other scheduled stopping trains, either before or after your Flying Scotsman trip.  Places will not be reserved on other trains, which will also be available to passengers not travelling on Flying Scotsman trains.

Reduced fares are available for young people, aged 3 to 16 (inclusive), and children under the age of three travel free, so long as they do not occupy an individual seat. There are no other concessions of any kind, and free passes and other reduced fare tickets are not valid. A limited number of spaces for wheelchair passengers are available: these must be booked by phone 01643 704996.

Flying Scotsman will operate tender first on journeys from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard.

Each day the options are:


Bishops Lydeard depart 1000 behind Flying Scotsman; arrive Minehead 11.07

Minehead depart 13.17 behind a named visiting locomotive; arrive Bishops Lydeard 14.49. This gives over two hours in Minehead.

Fare £38.00 (adult) £25.00 (child)


Bishops Lydeard depart 10.41 behind a named visiting locomotive; arrive Minehead 11.48

Minehead depart 12.18 behind Flying Scotsman; arrive Bishops Lydeard 13.25.

Fare £38.00 (adult) £25.00 (child)


Bishops Lydeard depart 14.13 behind Flying Scotsman; arrive Minehead 15.20

Minehead depart 17.42 behind a named visiting locomotive; arrive Bishops Lydeard 18.52. This gives over two hours in Minehead.

Fare £38.00 (adult) £25.00 (child)


Bishops Lydeard depart 1530 behind a named visiting locomotive; arrive Minehead 16.39

Minehead depart 1700 behind Flying Scotsman; arrive Bishops Lydeard 18.07.

Fare £38.00 (adult) £25.00 (child)

Travelling from Minehead or Williton

Select and purchase your Excursion Ticket (as shown above).  Then you can travel by normal scheduled train to Bishops Lydeard to start your reserved trip.  (A connecting service will depart Minehead at 08.15, Williton 08.59 to connect with the 1000 Flying Scotsman departure from Bishops Lydeard.)

If purchasing your tickets online please select Excursion 1 so that you can travel on the 8.15 service to Bishops Lydeard then travel behind the Flying Scotsman. 

Travelling on other services throughout the Flying Scotsman event

If you wish to travel over this period to see the Flying Scotsman in action but do not wish to travel behind the Flying Scotsman or the other named locomotive, rover tickets will be available soon. 

Evening Excursions

There will be excusions behind Flying Scotsman on certain evenings. Details will be available soon. 

About the Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman was designed by Nigel Gresley and was completed in 1923, becoming the first ever new build locomotive for the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). Originally a class A1, the locomotive was the most powerful used by the company at that time and was given the name Flying Scotsman after the express train from London to Edinburgh which had been started in 1862. In 1924 the Flying Scotsman locomotive was chosen to appear in the British Empire Exhibition and was featured in very many publicity events for the LNER.

In 1928 the locomotive tender was altered to include a corridor which enabled the loco crew to changeover during the long journey from London to Edinburgh.  It was then possible to undertake the first regular non-stop service from London to Edinburgh, shortening the travel time to just 8 hours.

In 1934 it became the first locomotive to be officially recorded at 100 mph. When the war came the loco was changed from its original green colour to black in line with most steam locomotives around at this time. After the war the locomotive was repainted green and was rebuilt as an A3 pacific.

In some ways what has happened to Flying Scotsman after “retiring” from British Railways in 1963 has been even more important in building the mythology around this locomotive. After being bought by Alan Peglar and for a time being the only steam locomotive running on the main line, it travelled to the United States, but unfortunately Alan Peglar eventually went bankrupt, with the loco stranded in the USA. For some time it looked like that was the end of the story but it was then bought by William McAlpine and transported back to the UK in 1972. It ran in the UK for a while and travelled to Australia in 1988/89, where it had a successful tour. After various owners and a difficult financial history, the National Railway Museum launched a national appeal and it was bought by the NRM in 2004.  Further difficulties ensued during its restoration but it finally returned to steam and began hauling fare paying passengers on the mainline again in 2015.   It is now the oldest mainline working locomotive in Britain, and is owned by the Nation.

This is the first visit of Flying Scotsman to the south-west since its recent restoration.  The West Somerset Railway is one of only three heritage railways on which this historic locomotive will be operating this year and the visit promises to be a very exciting occasion. 

Much more information about the Flying Scotsman can be found here

Public Transport and Parking

Further information to follow