Picture shows steam train enthusiast, Alan Pegler, at Waterloo Station, London
Picture shows steam train enthusiast, Alan Pegler, at Waterloo Station, London.
Mr Pegler saved The Flying Scotsman from the scrapyard and took it to America and Canada. However, as he told a London Bankruptcy Court, "I've been taken for a ride of my own choice...a very costly ride". Mr Pegler, 52, admitted total debts of more than £132, 000. Afterwards he said, "I fell for the Flying Scotsman when I sat in the cab at the age of four. It's been an enduring love and I have no regrets. He bought the engine for £3, 000 when it became redundant in 1963. He ran excursions in Britain and then took it on a money raising tour of North America. But the tour flopped and the locomotive is now being stored in a US army camp. As a result Mr Pegler said, he lost his family fortune - which at one time was about £250, 000 - and had to sell properties at home and abroad. Now he has a deficiency of $4, 160.
The Flying Scotsman, designed by Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley, is an express passenger train service that has operated between Edinburgh and London, the capitals of Scotland and England, via the East Coast Main Line. The service began in 1862; the name was officially adopted in 1924.
On 1st May 1928 The A1 class locomotive 4472 Flying Scotsman hauled the inaugural non-stop train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh. 392 miles (631 km) without stopping, a record at the time for a scheduled service.
Picture taken 31st October 1972
Gravelly Hill Interchange opened. Pictured, the Rt. Hon
Gravelly Hill Interchange opened. Pictured, the Rt. Hon. Mr Peter Walker, Secretary of State for the Environment, cuts the tape at the opening today. The Lancaster red rose was given as a symbol of thanks for the completion of this last section of the motorway system linking Lancashire and the North West with London and the South East. In addition, to symbolise the importance of the occasion for Lancaster, the Lord Mayor of London has today sent a very large bouquet of red roses to the Mayor of Lancaster. The bouquet contains 243 roses, one for each mile between Mansion House, London and the Town Hall of Lancaster. The roses, a welcome gesture of good will, were carried in the first private vehicle to travel from London to the North West through the new Motorway link. 24th May 1972
Mary Treen, from Harrow, a typist in the "World of Sport"
Mary Treen, from Harrow, a typist in the "World of Sport" LWT studios on the South Bank, who types out the lines on a Saturday afternoon for Anchor Man, World of Sport to keep the public up to date with football happenings, has herself a football type problem - damaged ligaments in her left knee. Mary is examined by the physiotherapist at Chelsea Football Club who informed her she probably has a torn cartilage. 1st November 1972