Flying Scotsman to haul Sir William McAlpine memorial train

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JANUARY 11, 2019 will see UK Railtours pay tribute to Sir William McAlpine, the hugely popular, lifelong supporter of railway heritage and preservation in the UK, who passed away earlier this year.

Sir William began his career working in Hayes depot in Middlesex, which housed the McAlpine railway locomotive and wagon fleet.

No. 60103 Flying Scotsman passes Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon, with the ‘Farewell Alan Pegler’ special on October 13. The ‘A3’ will be making a similar trip on January 11 when it works from King’s Cross to York hauling a train paying tribute to the life and work of another hugely influential railway figure – Sir William McAlpine. TOBY RADZISZEWSKI

He maintained a significant railway collection at his private estate, including the mile-long Fawley Hill Railway.

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He also established and chaired the Railway Heritage Trust, was patron of the Swanage Railway Trust and president of the Transport Trust, but probably will be best remembered for saving No. 4472 Flying Scotsman from sale to an American consortium and returning it to the UK for restoration.

Read more in the November issue of The RM – on sale now!

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