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Kingfisher steam train, Flying Scotsman service a062841

KINGFISHER. View of the LNER Class A4 train during its time on the Flying Scotsman express passenger service between London and Edinburgh. Photographed by John Gay, 1948

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph, taken by John Gay in 1948, showcases the iconic LNER Class A4 steam train, specifically the Flying Scotsman service train with the registration number a062841, affectionately known as the 'Kingfisher.' The image transports us back in time to the golden age of rail travel, as the steam engine roars to life, ready to embark on its journey between London and Edinburgh. The Flying Scotsman express passenger service was renowned for its speed and elegance, and the Kingfisher was one of its most famous locomotives. The train's sleek design and powerful engine were a sight to behold, making it a favorite among rail enthusiasts and passengers alike. In this photograph, we see the Kingfisher in all its glory, with its polished steel body gleaming in the sunlight and its distinctive blue and yellow livery adding a pop of color against the green landscape. The steam billowing from the chimney adds a sense of motion and energy, while the train's long, curved nose and powerful wheels give a sense of the raw power and engineering prowess of the era. John Gay's skillful composition and use of natural light bring the scene to life, capturing the essence of a bygone era in transportation history. The photograph is a testament to the romance and allure of steam trains and the Flying Scotsman service, which continues to captivate and inspire rail enthusiasts to this day.

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