Letter from the running superintendent at York regarding The Flying Scotsman, 10th July 1933 (RAIL 393/133)
In 1934 the Flying Scotsman became the first steam locomotive to be officially clocked at 100mph.
C.M. JENKIN JONES.
NORTH EASTERN AREA,
LONDON & NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY
10th July, 1933.
LOCO. RUNNING SUPERINTENDENT.
Non-stop trains between King’s Cross and Edinburgh.
As the 10.0am King’s Cross to Edinburgh and the 10.0am Edinburgh to King’s Cross “Flying Scotsman” commencing on Monday, 17th July, will once more be scheduled to run non-stop between London and Edinburgh for the Summer period, I am again asking the District Superintendents to pay personal attention to the working in order that no preventable delay may take place, and detailed instructions will be issued to all concerned in their districts. No doubt you are taking special steps to impress upon your staff the necessity for avoiding delay to the non-stop trains.
The passenger trains which it is particularly important to avoid delaying in view of the possibility of such delay/reacting on the non-stops are as follows:-
|11.55am Doncaster to York||10.42am Alnwick to Newcastle.|
|12.19pm " " "||11.10am West H'pool to N'allerton.|
|8.45am King's X " "||11.44am Saltburn to Darlington.|
|12.40pm SO York to N'cle||11.53am West H'pool to Leeds.|
|12.50pm " " "||12.05pm Darlington to York.|
|2.10pm SX N'cle to Alnwick||11.50am SO Newcastle to York.|
|2.17pm SO " " "||12. 0 noon " " "|
You may think it desirable to draw the attention of the drivers of the Main Line Freight trains to the importance of avoiding delay either to the non-stops themselves or to any of the trains mentioned above.
I am of course giving special instructions that Freight trains must not be allowed to precede the non-stop trains or those specially mentioned above, unless they have an ample margin to reach the next shunting point.
It is also being pointed out to the District Superintendents that trains generally have been accelerated and it is very necessary that everything possible should be done to ensure the accelerated timings being worked to.
Please acknowledge receipt.