In 1963, a man that would become a legend in railway history, Alan Pegler, saved what was known as "The People's Engine", Flying Scotsman, from the scrap, allowing her to continue her life on british railways. In 2012, Alan passed away. 6 years on after his passing, his final wish was to be fullfilled, with Flying Scotsman hauling a tour in his name from London Kings Cross to York, with his ashes onboard the locomotive, which would be scattered into his engine's firebox on the climb up Stoke Bank. Today, that tour took place, titled 'Farewell Alan Pegler'.
This video begins in the still somewhat dark area of London Kings Cross. Upon arriving I was surprised to see the coaching stock already in the Platform, as it had been brought in early. This video shows the huge crowd that turned out in the early hours of the morning to see Flying Scotsman bid farewell to the man that saved her, including Alan's daugher, Penny Vaudoyer.
The video also shows still shots of Scotsman standing in Platform 1, before giving a warning whistle to the people travelling on the train. Finally, the train gives a deafening departure out of Kings Cross, bidding a fond farewell to a man that will never be forgotton in railway history.
The video ends with bonus shots of 47 760, which had brought the coaching stock in, passing into the sidings at Kings Cross.
And so we bid fairwell to a man whom had it not been for him, we would not have the most famous steam locomotive in the world still travelling on british rails today, infront of us for us all to enjoy seeing.
Thank you, and Farewell Alan Pegler
NOTE: Its also worth mentioning that Sir William Mcalpine, another former owner of Flying Scotsman, passed away this year, and in January 2019 a similar event will take place for him.
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