Flying Scotsman departs East Lancashire Railway with all female-crew for International Women’s Day

We watched the world-famous Flying Scotsman pull off from East Lancashire Railway, manned by an all female crew to honour International Women’s Day.
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The world's most famous Flying Scotsman has left its home at the National Railway Museum in York and is touring through railways across the UK to mark its centenary and to celebrate International Women's Day.

Today (March 8) the iconic 100-year-old locomotive is being manned by a fully female crew and stopped at East Lancashire Railway in Bury for a special event celebrating the past, present and future of women in rail.

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When talking about an all female steam crew on the railway, Linda Henderson, the Conductor Driver of the Flying Scotsman for the day, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. It’s something I’ve wanted to see for a long time.It’s a bit of a dream come true.”

The train took three scenic trips around the Lancashire countryside, crewed entirely by a female footplate team and we were lucky enough to be invited down to check out the historic British train and speak to people involved for our video report at the invite-only event.