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"I had a rebuild too and looked hideous. But my owner said I was an extra special engine and made them give me back my proper shape."
— Flying Scotsman, Enterprising Engines

Flying Scotsman, an LNER Class A3 Pacific, is the last of Gordon's brothers. He holds the record for being the first engine to officially run at 100 mph. In addition, Flying Scotsman has been described as the world's most famous steam locomotive.

Biography

The Railway Series

In 1967, Flying Scotsman came to Sodor to cheer up his only surviving brother, Gordon. He had two tenders at the time he arrived, causing Henry to feel jealous. During his visit, he got on well with most of the Fat Controller's Engines and took charge of "the Limited" in place of 7101 when Henry rescued both him and 199 as both diesels failed. After his visit, Flying Scotsman left with his enthusiasts when the Fat Controller announced that steam engines will still be at work on the North Western Railway.

Gordon later said that Flying Scotsman told him about the Silver Jubilee.

Thomas & Friends

In the third season episode, Tender Engines, Flying Scotsman visits Sodor and his two tenders appeared emerging out of Knapford Harbour station. The engines admired his two tenders (except Henry), which Sir Topham Hatt said were due to long distances between coaling depots. Flying Scotsman is not referred to by name and Gordon does not appear to recognize him.

In The Great Race, Flying Scotsman met Thomas at Vicarstown station, where he told him and Gordon that he had been invited to participate in the Great Railway Show on the Mainland. At the show, he saw Gordon in his streamlined form and was shocked, but still started to tease Gordon. He later competed in the Great Race, alongside Gordon, Spencer, Axel and Etienne. During the race, Scotsman tried to warn Gordon that he was overheating, but Gordon paid no attention to him until his boiler had burst and he could not finish the race. Despite trying hard to win, he finished the race fourth. At the end of the Great Railway Show, Flying Scotsman and Gordon returned to the yard, where he admitted to Gordon that his view on Sudrian engines had improved since their race.

Personality

In the Railway Series, Gordon was happy to see Flying Scotsman he came to Sodor. Flying Scotsman proved popular with the engines, however, did spark a little jealousy with Henry, who proved envious of his two tenders. He provided Gordon and the others reassurance at a time when steam on the mainland was officially being abolished in favor of modern Diesel traction.

In the television series, Flying Scotsman is a polite and proud engine; however he can be pompous and somewhat smug, like his brother Gordon. Despite being friendly with Thomas and giving him a pep talk, he thought that no famous engines came from Sodor, and indicated that he viewed Sudrian engines with low expectations. He later changed his mind after seeing the Sudrian engines competing at the Great Railway Show, realising they were made of "sterner stuff" than he initially believed.

Scotsman enjoys teasing Gordon, referring to him as his "little brother" to annoy him, using his catchphrase as his own, or bragging about being invited to the Great Railway Show. He does care for him though, as shown when Gordon was overheating during the race, and Scotsman urgently warned him to stop.

Technical Details

Real-life History

Flying Scotsman is based upon the real locomotive of the same name, built on February 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of Sir Nigel Gresley. The locomotive set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30 November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8 August 1989 while in Australia. For more information - see here.

Livery

In the Railway Series and television series, Flying Scotsman is painted in the LNER Apple Green livery with black and white lining and with "LNER" painted on the sides of his first tender, and the number "4472" on his second in yellow. In the television series, his pistons are painted a darker green and he lacks lining and his number on his front bufferbeam.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

He may appear in the twenty-first season.

Specials

Music Videos

Learning Segments

Videos

A scrapped model of one of Flying Scotsman's tenders can be seen as Thomas backs into the siding near James in Thomas and the Magic Railroad. Flying Scotsman will appear again in the future.

Trivia

  • He was intended to have a larger role in Tender Engines, however, the modelling crew could not afford to build the entire engine.
  • In The Great Race, Flying Scotsman refers to Gordon as his "little brother", a title the latter is not particularly fond of, even though Gordon is older and they are the same size. This relation, however, is tied to their being the same class but of differing upgrades or Flying Scotsman was just teasing him.
  • He has the same whistle sound as Neville.

Quotes

"You've changed a lot!"
"I had a rebuild at Crewe. They didn't do a proper Doncaster job of course, but it serves."
"I had a rebuild too and looked hideous. But my owner said I was an extra special engine and made them give me back my proper shape."
"Is that why you have two tenders, being special?"
"No, you'd hardly believe it Gordon, but over there they hardly have any coal and water."
"But surely, every proper railway!"
"Exactly. You are lucky Gordon, to have a controller who knows how to run railways."

- Gordon reunited with his only remaining brother, Flying Scotsman, "Tenders for Henry".

"Oh wow! Who's this with two tenders? Hello, are you from the Other Railway? I was built on the Mainland you know. And once, a long time ago, I went back across with the other famous engines from Sodor."
"Is that so? I didn't think there were famous engines on Sodor. Oh, hello Gordon."
"Do you two know each other?"
"Yes, Thomas, we know each other. This is my brother. They call him; 'The Flying Scotsman'".
"Indeed they do. It almost makes me sound famous, doesn't it? Oh, Gordon, I wanted to tell you my news! I've been invited to take part in the Great Railway Show on the Mainland, I shall be racing!"
"Ugh..."
"The Great Railway Show? What's that?"
"Oh, the Great Railway Show is where engines compete to see who's the fastest or the strongest or, what have you. But I'm not sure any engines from Sodor will be going."
"I wouldn't want to go anyway, not if it's full of engines like you always boasting about how exciting things are on the Mainland!"
"Well, I want to go!"
"Of course you do, Thomas. And with any luck, maybe you shall. Flying Scotsman, coming through!"

- Flying Scotsman meeting up with Thomas and Gordon at Vicarstown and Thomas telling Flying Scotsman the events of Thomas and the Special Letter, "The Great Race".

Merchandise

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Ertl Company

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Flying Scotsman
2001
2004
Depicted with one tender only. Recycled from Gordon's model.
ERTLFlyingScotsman

Wooden Railway

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Flying Scotsman
1999
2003
WoodenRailwayFlyingScotsman
Flying Scotsman
2013
2016 (re-release)
2013
2016 (re-release)
Reintroduced as a "Limited Release".
WoodenRailwayFlyingScotsman2013

TrackMaster

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Flying Scotsman
2016
Active
TrackMasterFlyingScotsman

Capsule Plarail

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Flying Scotsman
2016 (Japan only)
2016 (Japan only)
Wind-upFlyingScotsman
Flying Scotsman
2017 (Japan only)
Active
  • Darker shade of green.
  • Eyebrows painted differently
WindUpFlyingScotsmanV2

Hornby

Range Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
R9098 Flying Scotsman
2005
Unknown
Depicted with one tender only. Retooled from a R1167 Flying Scotsman model.
HornbyFlyingScotsman

Trading Cards

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
<center>Flying Scotsman
2002
2009
FlyingScotsmanTradingCard

External links

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