Flying Scotsman was something of a flagship locomotive for the LNER. He represented the company at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Park in 1924 and 1925. Before this event, in February 1924 he acquired its name and the new number of 4472. From then on it was commonly used for promotional purposes.
In 1962, British Railways announced that it would scrap Flying Scotsman. No. 60103 ended service with its last scheduled run on 14 January 1963. Proposed to be saved by a group called "Save Our Scotsman", they were unable to raise the required £3,000, the scrap value of the locomotive. He was saved the next month by Alan Peglar. Since 2004, Flying Scotsman has been owned by the National Railway Museum in York.
Gordon was happy to see his brother Flying Scotsman when he came to Sodor. Flying Scotsman proved popular with the engines, being polite and friendly despite his worldwide fame.
Flying Scotsman is painted in the LNER Apple Green livery with black and white lining and with "LNER" painted on the sides of his first tender and the number "4472" on his second in yellow.
Flying Scotsman is based upon the real locomotive of the same name, built in February 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of Sir Nigel Gresley. The locomotive, part of the A3 class, set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30th November 1934 and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8th August 1989 while in Australia.
- Flying Scotsman has an American locomotive whistle.
- Flying Scotsman is age 16 in The Stories of Sodor.