Iconic and historic steam train, The Flying Scotsman, is set to return to the East Lancashire Railway this weekend.

We have all the details, including when and where you can spot it.

This record-breaking engine is celebrating 100-years since she entered service, and as part of the festivities she will travelling around the country.

From Friday to Sunday (March 17 to 19) the train will be making its journey through the Irwell Valley, from Bury to Rawtenstall.

Tickets for a trip on the train are available to purchase online, with prices starting from £22.50 per person.

This ticket includes unlimited travel on all other services of the line between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

The Class 2999 ‘Lady of Legend’ train will also be running alongside Flying Scotsman.

If you don’t want to purchase a ticket you still have the chance to spot the Flying Scotsman as it steams along the tracks or arrives into Rawtenstall Station.

Here is the full train timetable for the Flying Scotsman’s journey, from Friday to Sunday. Timings are subject to change.

Flying Scotsman timetable 


Journey one

Departure from Bury: 9am

Arrival in Rawtenstall: 9.27am

Departure for Rawtenstall: 9.47am

Arrival in Bury: 10.15am


Journey two

Departure from Bury: 11am

Arrival in Rawtenstall: 11..27am

Departure for Rawtenstall: 11.50am

Arrival in Bury: 12.19pm


Journey three

Departure from Bury: 1pm

Arrival in Rawtenstall: 1.27pm

Departure for Rawtenstall: 1.50pm

Arrival in Bury: 2.20pm


Journey four

Departure from Bury: 3pm

Arrival in Rawtenstall: 3.27pm

Departure for Rawtenstall: 3.47pm

Arrival in Bury: 4.17pm


Journey five

Departure from Bury: 5pm

Arrival in Rawtenstall: 5.27pm

Departure for Rawtenstall: 5.47pm

Arrival in Bury: 6.15pm


The Flying Scotsman is considered by many to be the most famous locomotive in the world.

The iconic locomotive was built in 1923 and was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley.

It was built at Doncaster Works and cost £7,944 to make at the time.

It was officially the first locomotive to reach 100mph and also the first to travel around the world.

The train is also a world record holder for a non-stop run in a steam locomotive, a record which was set in 1989 with a 442-mile trip.

Find out more and buy tickets on the East Lancashire Railway website.