THE return to steam of the Doncaster built Flying Scotsman has been delayed.
The iconic locomotive built at the town’s Plant Works in 1923 was due to return to the rails this month for tests before going on display at the National Railway Museum in York.
However, the museum has today revealed that tests will not be conducted until the autumn. The loco is then due to go on display later this year, at a date to be fixed.
At this stage it is not possible to confirm when Flying Scotsman is expected to operate passenger journeys.
The museum bought the engine in 2004 for £2 million and launched a restoration project supported by a £1.8 million lottery grant.
Flying Scotsman’s restoration has been delayed because of cracks found in the chassis in late June. After carrying out a thorough examination to identify the extent of the problem, it was established that the locomotive requires essential remedial work, which will be carried out in the next two weeks.
Once it is complete, Flying Scotsman will be able to run for decades to come.
Steve Davies, director of the National Railway Museum, said: “It is very disappointing to announce that Flying Scotsman will be delayed and unable to go on display at the museum this August as planned.
“However, it is important for our visitors to understand that the reason for the delay is because our workshop team are doing everything they can to ensure the remedial work taking place matches up to the meticulous approach that has been taken on the restoration project from the very beginning.
“The completed locomotive they will see later this year will be restored to the highest quality and our visitors can rest assured that the safety of the locomotive and its future passengers has been of utmost importance throughout the project.”
Details of display dates and ticket sale will be announced at www.nrm.org.uk/flyingscotsman