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The A3 class of the London and North Eastern Railway

I said above that Flying Scotsman must be the most famous steam locomotive of all. But that's from an unbiassed observer! There is a web page dedicated to this loco, and maintained by The Flying Scotsman Railways. From that page: " Flying Scotsman is the most famous steam locomotive in the world and has always been a very distinguished and special locomotive since being built. It is now a national icon representing all that is best in British engineering." There. You can't say fairer than that, can you?

Gresley A3 Pacifics

4472 Flying Scotsman

Owen Brison writes:

A couple of your images of 4472 (...-5.jpg and ...-8.jpg) are interesting as they definitely show the loco to be carrying an A4-type boiler. Early images of 4472 in preservation just as definitely show an A3-type boiler. In the 1950's, a number of spare A4 boilers were built, but none for A3's. Some A3's received second-hand boilers out of A4's, while a few got brand new A4 boilers, all set to blow off at the A3 pressure of 220 psi. (rather than 250). The give-away is the pair of wash-out doors about a third of the way up the side of the firebox, below the extra handrail. (Either side will do). On the A3 boiler, these define a horizontal line, while on the A4 version they define a line pointing down fairly steeply towards the front. (On the V2 boiler, this line points up towards the front). No. 4472 still carries the original A3-style boiler cleading sheets, evidenced by the upper left washout plugs interfering with the inter-sheet boiler bands: in BR days, the cleading was re-arranged to avoid this.

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  • Date : October 1988, catalogued 31 Jan 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : Flying Scotsman is well "linked-up" as she speeds past an Australian "bungalow" on the (northern) standard gauge line through Melbourne's suburbs. This photo was taken from a train on the adjacent broad gauge (5ft3in) line, hauled by another British built loco, Victorian Railways R-class no.761 (q.v.) .


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  • Date : October 1988, catalogued 31 Jan 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : Flying Scotsman is still well "linked-up" as she continues her journey through Melbourne's suburbs. This photo was taken from the same adjacent train and displays the high profile of the driving wheels to good advantage.


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  • Date : October 1988, catalogued 31 Jan 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : 4472 Flying Scotsman , having just been serviced and turned on the dual gauge turntable at Seymour (see D639-2 ), waits to pull her train into the limited standard gauge platform facilities. This picture was taken on one of the many trips that 4472 made during her visit to Australia during the bicentennial year. Of particular note to non-Australian railfans is the standard gauge/broad gauge (5ft3in) crossover immediately in front of the loco.


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  • Date : October 1988 , catalogued 31 Jan 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : 4472 hauling a special train to Seymour, pictured near Wallan.


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  • Date : 24 May 1980, catalogued 17 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9329
  • Description : 4472 at the Rocket 150 celebrations.


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  • Date : October 1988, catalogued 31 Jan 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : 4472 speeds through the Australian bush near Broadford, her green colours almost camoflaging her! (Well, not quite, perhaps.)


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  • Date : October 1988, catalogued 16 Jul 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : Another view of 4472 speeding through the Australian bush.


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  • Date : October 1988, catalogued 16 Jul 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome
  • Description : 4472 at Wallan loop, waits to cross a regular standard gauge train. (same location as 4472-4 .)


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 03 May 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 9483
  • Description : As a boy, I built coaling stages from Meccano, but it wasn't until this photo was taken that I ever saw one in real life. Although it wasn't really real life, since steam on the BR wasn't really real in 1980.


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 30 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9509
  • Description : Flying Scotsman poses for a portrait shot at Carnforth sheds.


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 30 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9518
  • Description : Flying Scotsman at Carnforth sheds.


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  • Date : unknown, catalogued 11 Jun 1999
  • Photographer : anonymous email correspondent
  • Medium : email
  • Description : 4472 in Australia


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 29 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17326
  • Description : During Australia's bicentennial celebrations, Flying Scotsman waits at Spencer Street with one of the many special trains to celebrate the occasion.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 29 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17327
  • Description : Another view of 4472 at Spencer Street.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 30 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17329
  • Description : The Flying Scotsman flying.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 30 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17330
  • Description : The Flying Scotsman flying.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 30 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17331
  • Description : The Flying Scotsman flying.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 30 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17332
  • Description : The Flying Scotsman flying.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 30 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17335
  • Description : Flying Scotsman on the Maribyrnong Creek viaduct.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 31 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17341
  • Description : The Flying Scotsman is first off the Maribyrnong Creek viaduct (see R761-16 to see who cam second).


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 31 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17344
  • Description : Flying Scotsman 's reciprocating motion in motion. Being that close to those reciprocating rods is pretty impressive, I can tell you!


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 03 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17345
  • Description : Flying Scotsman 's reciprocating motion in motion. Being that close to those reciprocating rods is pretty impressive, I can tell you!


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 03 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17348
  • Description : A fuller view of Flying Scotsman in motion.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 03 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17349
  • Description : Another rear three-quarter view of Flying Scotsman in motion.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 03 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17350
  • Description : Cop those blurry wheels!


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 03 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17351
  • Description :
    Flying Scotsman is lagging behind, but it is not because she is any slouch. The drivers (human, not mechanical) were under instruction to "yo-yo" the trains back and forth, so that all passengers got a chance to see both engines in action.
    See also the forthcoming book: Discovery: Trains , published by Usborne Publishing, Feb 2002, in which this picture appears as a full page spread ...


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 12 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17352
  • Description : Flying Scotsman passing through Somerton, with some industrial estates in the background.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 12 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17353
  • Description : A wide angle view of Flying Scotsman at speed. A difficult shot to get in normal circumstances!


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 12 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17371
  • Description : A rear three quarter view of Flying Scotsman at speed.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 16 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17372
  • Description : Volerant Ecossais en Australie.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 16 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17374
  • Description : This may look like the Flying Scotsman is picking up water at speed, but there are no, and never were, any water troughs in Australia. Dust bowls, yes, water troughs, no. And anyway, it's coming from the engine, not the tender!


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 16 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17381
  • Description : The Flying Scotsman pauses in the late afternoon light at Seymour, waiting to return to Melbourne in parallel with R761. Alas, the light was fading to rapidly to get any further photographs on the return journey. Compare with 4472-3 above.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 17 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17382
  • Description : The Flying Scotsman in the late afternoon light at Seymour.


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  • Date : 1988, catalogued 06 May 2007
  • Photographer : barry
  • Medium : email, image location /home/ajh/Pictures/Trains/IMG_0009.jpg
  • Description : Taken at Lithgow when The Flying Scotsman was in Australia. It is triple heading with 3801 (partly obscured behind staunchion) and a 44 class NSW diesel, believed to be also number 4472. Train controllers blinked when entering loco numbers on their running sheets!


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 30 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9512
  • Description : Flying Scotsman in the foreground, and Lord Nelson in the background.


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