“Audio adventure” recreates trips from Flying Scotsman’s heyday

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A virtual trip aboard the Flying Scotsman train using “3D sound” headphones is being offered to museum visitors as they walk through carriages of the Edinburgh and London express.

The “audio adventure” was unveiled at the National Railway Museum in York today, seven weeks before the locomotive named after the train visits Scotland for the first time for 16 years.

Service With Style, which runs until 8 May, relates stories from passengers who have travelled on the world’s most famous rail service from the 1930s to the present.

The presentation, in three period carriages, also aims to bring to life luxury features from the train’s heyday, including its cocktail bar, hairdressers salon and cinema coach.

Lorie Trainor Buckingham, creative director of designers A Taste of Space, said: “We wanted to offer a fully sensory experience that would allow the audience to feel like an actual passenger on board the Flying Scotsman.”

The train has been running between the English and Scottish capitals since 1862.

Its latest incarnation is Virgin Trains East Coast’s fastest service, the 5:40am from Edinburgh, which completes the journey in four hours.

The same-named locomotive was among those which hauled the service between 1928 and the 1960s.

The two came face to face today when they were placed nose-to-nose in the museum during a one-day visit by the electric locomotive.

The completion of its ten-year, £4.2 million restoration by the museum was marked a month ago by an inaugural return journey to its east coast main line stamping ground between London King’s Cross and York.

One of the highlights of the day was a social media post of a Virgin Trains express photobombing an enthusiast’s attempts to film the 93-year-old engine steaming along.

The museum also today launched its Stunts, Speed and Style event, which gives visitors the chance to step on board the cab of the steam locomotive.

The six-week long opportunity sees the engine placed alongside three other locomotives which have pulled the Flying Scotsman train - GNR No 1, Henry Oakley and the newly restored King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Museum director Paul Kirkman said: “Our Scotsman Season is a tribute to all the people who have worked so hard to bring a legend back to life, from those that have worked on the restoration itself to the public that donated to our appeals.”

David Horne, managing director of Virgin Trains East Coast, said: “Flying Scotsman has an incredible history and we’re proud to be sponsoring a season celebrating its return to the tracks.

“In the pre-war era, the Flying Scotsman train symbolised speed and style - service qualities which remain important to our customers today.”

Meanwhile, car manual publisher Haynes has brought out an edition detailing Flying Scotsman’s restoration.

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