Friday, 6 January 2017

Flying Scotsman

LNER Poster "A smart turn out"
An icon of British locomotives and one of the best known names in the country is the Flying Scotsman. It returned to main line running only last year after a ten year restoration project and the crowds came out to see the first long journey, thousands lining the tracks and stations on its route from Kings Cross to York.  The above card takes us back to the romantic age of travel in the 1930s and the reason for its name and the route name, the nonstop journey from London's Kings Cross up the east coast line to Waverley Station , Edinburgh. The original publicity poster was by Curtis Moffat, photographer and artist.  I can't make my mind up whether the women is supposed to be a stewardess or passenger but she is welcoming us aboard. Flying Scotsman broke speed records and also appeared in the classic Hitchcock film, 'The 39 Steps' when Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) journeys on the train and escapes pursuers by clambering off it onto the Forth Railway Bridge.   
Not as glamorous as the first postcard as the crew have just arrived at Kings Cross in 1930 after the long miles from Edinburgh and pose on the buffer beam with the locomotive engineer Sir Nigel Gresley on the left.  Gresley a designer of powerful and elegant engines not only produced the Flying Scotsman record breaker but also the A4 Mallard with its streamline design which still holds the world speed record for a steam engine at 126mph.  The Flying Scot, an engine built in 1923 and almost scrapped in 1963 when diesel was replacing steam, is still thundering along the tracks and delighting steam enthusiasts everywhere, including me.


Postcards for the Weekend theme - Trains/Trams - travel in style to the Linky Party at Connections to the World.
  

6 comments:

Heleen said...

Beautiful postcards, I hadn't heard of the Flying Scotsman before, but the pictures look very familar indeed!

Helen said...

Very cool cards! I love the glamorous Flying Scotsman card with the very chic lady on it. Thanks for posting these cards.

John Edwards said...

For me the Flying Scotsman epitomises the days of steam travel which I remember only too well.

Eva A. said...

How I'd like to buy a ticket for the Flying Scotsman...!

Maria said...

Thanks for these postcards Joy! It makes me want to recollect what train I took from Kings Cross to Glasgow Central. That was my very first experience to ride an express train!

John's Island said...

Hi Joy, I love classic trains and these are some neat cards. I think the lady on the first card is a stewardess based on some cards in my collection. Wow, those were the good old days when there was a stewardess onboard the trains. In the USA we now have Amtrak and they only have “car attendants” on the sleeper cars which is considered “first class.” Thanks for sharing these cards!