Flying Scotsman ‘On the Air’ – Rawtenstall Station

Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman

As part of the ‘Scotsman in Steam’ event organised by the East Lancashire Railway, Bury Amateur Radio Society will be operating a special event amateur radio station GB0ELR at Rawtenstall Station on 9, 10, 16 and 17 January.

The Radio Station will be used to pass greetings messages on the occasion of the loco’s running, to other radio amateurs, potentially Worldwide (subject to atmospheric conditions) using the phonetics “East Lancashire Railway” for “ELR”. It will be freely accessible to visitors to “try their hand” should they wish, and will be operated jointly by members of the Bury Radio Society and licenced amateurs amongst the ELR working members.

Bury Radio Society meets every Tuesday at the Mosses Centre, Cecil St, Bury and all visitors are welcome to come and participate.

  • Informal general meetings 7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Main meeting/talk 8:00pm to 10:00pm

The club meets most Tuesday evenings in the main lounge area where members chat, show or discuss equipment and ask technical advice.

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The two weekends of January 9-10 and January 16-17 where the Scotsman will run from Bury Bolton Street Station to Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway line will be the first opportunity for the general public to preview the Flying Scotsman engine in its Wartime Black livery following its £4.2 million restoration by Riley &Son (E) Ltd. in their Bury workshop, ahead of its official inaugural run from London King’s Cross to York in February.

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a return trip behind what many believe is the world’s most famous engine as it hauls a series of service trains, Premium Dining Nights and Red Rose Diners in January.

Further details can be found on the East Lancashire Railway website at

The 92 year old engine was built in Doncaster and was the first to haul the London to Edinburgh service non-stop. It was also the first locomotive to reach 100mph on a London-to-Leeds run, driven by William Sparshatt on 30 November 1934.

After its inaugural run it will tour the UK as a working museum exhibit, educating people about the wonders of its steam engineering.



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