Train Sim World 4 – Definitive Lner Class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman Guide (Procedures, Unique Features & Footplate Controls)

Lner Class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman


An icon that truly needs no introduction; Flying Scotsman is perhaps the most famous locomotive in the World. Its long lineage dates back to the 1920s, when the newly-merged LNER was in the midst of procuring a new fleet of express passenger locomotives, based on the “Pacific” wheel configuration and designed by the legendary Sir Nigel Gresley. Initially bearing the number 1472, Flying Scotsman, named after the London-Edinburgh express service, entered service in February 1923.

The locomotive would be sprung into public knowledge with a slew of notable events, its presence at the British Empire Exhibition and use in promotional materials made it the flagship of the LNER. Of course, it would be further flung to fame by operating the first non-stop London to Edinburgh service in 1928, and being the first steam locomotive to officially reach 100mph. It was this cadence of popularity which made Flying Scotsman the perfect (and only) candidate for LNER Class A3 preservation at the end of steam.

Records continued after avoiding the cutters torch, following a daring tour of the United States in 1969, Scotsman would make it way to Australia where the longest non-stop run for a steam locomotive was achieved. Since 2004, Scotsman, now bearing its BR numbers 60103, has been in the good hands of the National Railway Museum in York, who are now celebrating its 100th anniversary in glorious fashion.

  • Manufacturer: London North Eastern Railway
  • Build Location: Doncaster, England
  • Build Date: 1923
  • Number Built: 1 (78 total)
  • Whyte Notation: 4-6-2
  • Cylinders: Three
  • Tractive Effort: 32910 lbf (146.39 kN)
  • Length: 21.34 Metres (70 ft)
  • Weight: 97.79 Metric Tons
  • Record Speed: 100mph (160 km/h)

Lner Class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman Footplate – 1/2

  • 1 – Emergency Brake Valve
  • 2 – Train Brake Handle
  • 3 – Locomotive Brake Handle
  • 4 – Vacuum Chamber Release Valve
  • 5 – Horn Lever
  • 6 – Contact Signaller Phone
  • 7 – AWS Acknowledge and Sunflower
  • 8 – Regulator
  • 9 – Large Ejector
  • 10 – Small Ejector
  • 11 – Left Cab Light
  • 12 – Right Cab Light
  • 13 – Air Brake Pipe Gauge
  • 14 – Air Brake Cylinder Gauge
  • 15 – Vacuum Brake Reservoir Gauge
  • 16 – Speedometer
  • 17 – Steam Chest Pressure Gauge
  • 18 – Whistle
  • 19 – Whistle Isolation Valve
  • 20 – Ejector Isolation Valve
  • 21 – Blower Isolation Valve
  • 22 – Pressure Gauge Isolation Valve
  • 23 – Steam Heating Regulating Valve
  • 24 – Compressor Isolation Valve
  • 25 – Cylinder Cocks Isolation Valve
  • 26 – Gauge Glass Isolating Cock
  • 27 – Boiler Pressure Gauge
  • 28 – Gauge Glass Drain Lever
  • 29 – Firebox Cat Flap
  • 30 – Firebox Door
  • 31 – AWS Isolation Lever
  • 32 – Cylinder Cocks Lever
  • 33 – Openable Side Windows
  • 34 – Arm Rest

Lner Class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman Footplate – 2/2

  • 35 – Central Cab Light Switch
  • 36 – GSM-R Cabinet Door
  • 37 – Coal Door
  • 38 – Handbrake Handle
  • 39 – Tender Corridor Door
  • 40 – Tender Vacuum Chamber Release Valve

Procedures & Unique Features

Know Your Brakes

  • Because Flying Scotsman is a modern, mainline-capable preserved steam locomotive, it has many differences compared to itself in years past and other steam era locomotives in Train Sim World, one of those key differences is brakes.
  • While still equipped with vacuum brakes, for use with typical vacuum-braked rolling stock, Flying Scotsman also has air brakes, and unlike diesel locomotives which a straightforward selector, the brakes in the trainset react accordingly to the way you operate the brakes, so its essential to know your stock, and what to do if you need to switch.
  • If you are running with AIR BRAKES, so for example, the MK1 BG and MK2 coaches included with Scotsman, you only need to operate the main train brake handle, do not touch the large or small ejectors, as you may be used to, this will kick the vacuum brakes into effect in the dual-braked Mk1 BG and result in both air and vacuum trying to operate at the same time.
  • If you do operate the vacuum brakes by accident, you will need to vent the brakes in any vacuum-braked stock, including separately Scotsman’s loco and tender, and the Mk1 BG.
  • If you are running with VACUUM BRAKES, so for example, the Mk1s included in Training Center or wagons in Spirit of Steam, you will need to operate the small and large ejectors to use vacuum braking throughout the train.

Coupling options

  • Flying Scotsman has a couple different ways of coupling to other rolling stock, on the front of the loco is standard hook and chain, however the corridor tender features a hook and buckeye configuration.
  • The buckeye is used for maintaining a tight connection with coaches so that the corridor tender retains a safe crossing for crew, but it also means it can theoretically couple to anything with a buckeye (yes, even the rescue coupling on the Great Western Express HST).
  • To couple Scotsman to another locomotive, you will most likely need to drop the buckeye, so that the other locomotive’s chain can attach to Scotsman’s hook.

The Corridor Tender

  • The corridor built into the side of Scotsman’s tender was an innovative way to allow for crew changes while on the move, however, it is a very cramped environment, so you must remember the following:
  • You will need to crouch in order to walk through the tender.
  • You may only be able to traverse the tender while the train is stationary or on a straight piece of track, excessive rocking and superelevation (leaning of the rails around corners) can make it impossible for the collision to reliably let you in.

Headlamps modernised

  • Much like in the steam era, Flying Scotsman still relies on the headcode and lamp setup as detailed in the Training Center section, however, the key difference being a preserved, mainline locomotive is Scotsman must also run with a high intensity head lamp, which often sits in the middle bracket, between the A Class express configuration.
  • Also featured are modern flashing LED tail lamps for placement when moving as a light loco.
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