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The Flying Scotsman is coming east - here’s your chance to be on board!

PUBLISHED: 09:43 02 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:28 02 September 2017

Flying Scotsman makes its way along the new Borders rail route near Heriot in the Scottish Borders. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Flying Scotsman makes its way along the new Borders rail route near Heriot in the Scottish Borders. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The world’s most famous engine is heading to East Anglia, and two lucky winners are being offered the chance of a lifetime to jump on board.

This newspaper has teamed up with the Cathedrals Express and the Flying Scotsman to offer one lucky reader a pair of Premier Dining tickets for an unforgettable trip on the iconic locomotive.

This is a fantastic opportunity for two people in the region to travel on the Flying Scotsman, after a scheduled visit to East Anglia had to be cancelled last May.

On Saturday, October 21, the Flying Scotsman will be starting out from Norwich station at around 2pm to take local residents on the first leg of an evening trip into London.

The legendary engine will then head south through the Suffolk and Essex countryside, with passengers able to take in the scenic views through the large picture windows.

Finally, the train will cross London and the Thames before steaming into London Victoria.

The lucky winners will then be able to sit back and enjoy their return journey to East Anglia while savouring a delicious three or four course meal.

Premier Dining passengers will be seated in comfortable 1960s restaurant cars with wood panelling which will enhance the dining experience. Marcus Robertson, chairman of Steam Dreams, which operates Cathedrals Express, said: “We’re looking forward to taking fans of this fabulous engine along some of the most scenic railways this country has to offer, from a number of stations that the Cathedrals Express rarely visit.”

Without a doubt, a day out on the Flying Scotsman will be one to be remembered.

The vintage carriages, the sound of the engine’s whistle and the smoke drifting past the window will all evoke memories of a bygone age of steam train travel.

To enter the competition, readers simply need to identify the year in which the Flying Scotsman was built.

The lucky winners will then have the chance to spend the day on this legendary locomotive, which stunned the nation when it reached 100mph in 1934 - a world record.

The Flying Scotsman also set the world record for the longest non-stop journey - 711km or 441 miles from Parkes to Broken Hill in Australia in 1989.

How to enter

To win a pair of premier dining tickets (worth almost £400) on Saturday, October 21 at 2pm from Norwich to London on the Flying Scotsman answer the following question:

IN WHAT YEAR WAS THE FLYING SCOTSMAN BUILT? Text EDPFLY followed by your answer, name and email address to 64343 (Texts cost £1 plus standard network rates)

One winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received after the closing date: 5pm on Friday, September 8.

Terms & Conditions: Texts cost £1 plus standard network rates. Winners will be selected from all correct entries received after the closing date: 5pm on Friday, 8th September 2017. Entries received after

the closing date will not be counted but you may still be charged.

For full terms and conditions click here - usual Archant promotion rules apply, one winner will be selected at random from all correct entries from both the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

The winner will be contacted by phone or email after the closing date. By entering this competition you will automatically be subscribed to receive news and offers from Archant. If you do not wish to receive details of any other products or services, please end your message with the word EXIT. Service Provider: JMedia UK Limited, SW4 7BX.Tel: 0207 720 7130.

The prize is non-transferable and non-refundable.

The times stated are subject to change. Final times will be released by Network Rail 2-3 days prior to the trip and will be listed on the Steam Dreams website www.SteamDreams.co.uk. Should the trip be cancelled for any reason, the winner will be offered tickets to the same value for an alternative trip (which may not feature Flying Scotsman).

Full terms and conditions of travel can be found on the Steam Dreams website.

An es-steamed record

The Flying Scotsman was built in 1923 and shot to stardom at the British Empire Exhibition of 1924.

The locomotive featured in many publicity events for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and was considered the epitome of glamour in the age of steam travel.

In May 1928, new corridor tenders enabled the crew to change over without stopping the train, and this allowed the engine to complete the non-stop London to Edinburgh service in eight hours.

In 1934, the Flying Scotsman was clocked at 100mph on a special test run – officially the first locomotive in the UK to have reached that speed.

Eleven years ago, Flying Scotsman began a period of extensive restoration following a fundraising campaign organised by the National Railway Museum. The campaign amassed the support of thousands, confirming the locomotive’s status as a national treasure.

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