Flying Scotsman from the Footplate, 14 April 2024, BBC Four

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Viewers are in for a treat on Sunday night as BBC Four airs Flying Scotsman from the Footplate, offering a unique perspective of the world-renowned locomotive’s journey through the English Midlands.

The programme, first broadcast in 2016, takes viewers on a leisurely trip through the picturesque countryside of Shropshire and Worcestershire, from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. With ‘cab cameras’ and microphones capturing all the action, viewers are given a rare glimpse into the world of steam transportation.

Veteran driver Roger Norfolk and fireman Ryan Green guide the Flying Scotsman, providing fascinating insights into the mechanics and challenges of operating this national treasure. The duo faces the task of controlling the Scotsman as it travels through stunning landscapes, attracting crowds of enthusiasts along the way.

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The Flying Scotsman is a celebrated locomotive with a rich history. First built in 1923, it was brought back into service in 2016 following a decade-long, multi-million-pound refit. The locomotive holds the record for being the first steam engine to reach 100 mph and has circumnavigated the globe.

Flying Scotsman from the Footplate promises to deliver a captivating—sorry, fascinating—viewing experience, offering a combination of stunning visuals, the evocative sound of steam, and insightful commentary from the experienced crew.

Flying Scotsman from the Footplate airs on BBC Four at 8.00 pm on Sunday 14 April 2024.

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