The Lancashire engineer who restored the world’s most famous steam engine – the Flying Scotsman – is stopping off at the Grand Theatre. Colin Green, a director of Riley and Sons Locomotive Engineers near Bury, was in charge of the decade-long, £4million project to bring the iconic steam locomotive back to life. A colossus of British engineering, the Flying Scotsman was purchased by the National Railway Museum for £2.3 million in 2004. The Flying Scotsman returned to the main line to a huge public fanfare in February 2016,
hauling a train from King’s Cross to York. During the major restoration, the work included an overhaul of the Scotsman’s boiler, the addition of a new smoke box and chassis.
Mr Green, Riley and Sons Co-Director, said: “It was a very emotional thing to see The Flying Scotsman moving and since then it has captured the nation’s imagination again.”
Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, the Pacific class A1 locomotive was originally built for the London and North Eastern Railway. However, the locomotive soon became the star attraction, pulling the first train to break the 100mph barrier in 1934.
Following the main Flying Scotsman feature by Colin Green, there will be a presentation by Ribble Valley Rail founder members Peter Eastwood, Marjorie Birch and David Butterworth who played a major role in restoring rail transport to the town when the passenger line from Blackburn to Clitheroe was reopened in 1994.
Photo supplied by the National Railway Museum.