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.
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.