£6.8 million for ‘Scotsman’ – the NRM answers our questions

The National Railway Museum will explain EXCLUSIVELY on this Steam Railway website why ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman has cost the taxpayer and supporters £6.8 million to purchase and return to the main line.

In preparation for its inaugural main line run, No. 60103 Flying Scotsman, fresh from it’s £4.5 million overhaul, steam into the North Yard at the NRM in York on February 23. KEN WOODS

In preparation for its inaugural main line run, No. 60103 Flying Scotsman, fresh from it’s £4.5 million overhaul, steam into the North Yard at the NRM in York on February 23. KEN WOODS

The overhaul of Gresley ‘Pacific’ has cost £4,537,892 since it was started in 2004, and this sum has to be added to the £2.31 million purchase price.

Steam Railway has asked some stern questions why the 4-6-2’s repair bill is a staggering £1.5million more than it cost to build the mechanically similar ‘A1’ 4-6-2 No. 60163 Tornado from scratch, and not far short of the cost of the new ‘P2’ 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

The response from the NRM arrived too late for publication in our latest printed issue – on sale on October 8 - but you can read them EXCLUSIVELY on this website on Friday October 14.