Daughter of the man who saved the 'Flying Scotsman' is in Dorset

Flying Scotsman arrives Corfe Castle 19 March 2019

Published at 8:20am 22nd March 2019.

The daughter of the man who saved the 'Flying Scotsman' from the scrapyard is to wave off the world famous steam locomotive this morning, when it hauls its first train on the Swanage Railway.

The train is in Dorset as part of a three-week visit to the Isle of Purbeck.

Penny Vaudoyer has flown from her home in Portugal to be at Swanage Station this morning, where she will carry out the honour of waving the train guard's green flag. 

Flying Scotsman arrives Swanage

The 97-tonne No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' designed by Nigel Gresley, was finished in 1923 by the London and North Eastern Railway (L.N.E.R.) and was the first steam locomotive in the UK to pull a train at 100 miles an hour during a test run in 1934.

Alan Pegler, Penny's father saved the 'Flying Scotsman' from the scrapyard when he purchased it for the scrap value of £3,000 back in 1963.

Owned by the National Railway Museum in York, the iconic 1920s A3 class express engine will be reunited with a rare 1940s Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage or Car 14, for the first time for nearly 50 years when it visits Swanage.

Penny Vaudoyer said: "It will be a very moving moment for me to see the 'Flying Scotsman and its Pullman observation carriage again because I have so many wonderful memories.

"I crossed the Rocky Mountains with 'Flying Scotsman' as a teenager and spent many hours watching the magnificent scenery from that end carriage" she adds.

Flying Scotsman arrives Swanage 2

The locomotive's history since it was saved from the scrap included, thanks to Alan Pegler's resolve, a tour of the United States between 1969 and 1972 with the Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage Car 14 to promote British exports.

"My father was a kind and generous man who had time for everyone from all walks of life" recalled Penny.

She added: "He lived his passion and his dream to the hilt and, despite the risks and losses and the rollercoaster ride of business life with 'Flying Scotsman', he was always cheerful and never complained."

The company who ran the 1969 to 1972 British exports promotion trains tour went bankrupt resulting in the 'Flying Scotsman' being rescued and returned home in 1973 by William McAlpine whilst the Pullman observation carriage Car 14 remained in the USA.

The late 1940s Car 14 was rescued by dedicated Swanage Railway volunteers from San Francisco in 2007.

In 2004, the 'Flying Scotsman' was bought by the National Railway Museum and thanks to a £4.2 million ten - year project funded by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as public donations, the train was restored.

The 'Flying Scotsman' will be on the Swanage Railway until the 10 April.

During the first five days, the route of the locomotive haul trains will see them travel between Swanage, Corfe Castle and Norden with the Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage Car 14 coupled behind the 'Flying Scotsman'.

From the 27 March to the 10 April they will be on static display at Corfe Castle station with ticket-only access to enter No. 60103 and Car 14.

Mick Gould is the Swanage Railway Company business division director; "Everyone is delighted, and honoured, that the daughter of the man who saved NO. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' from the scrapyard in the 1960s is to wave off the iconic steam locomotive's first train from Swanage" he said.

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