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It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class, the most powerful locomotives used by the railway at that time.By 1924, when it was selected to appear at the British Empire Exhibition in London, the locomotive had been renumbered 4472 and been given the name ‘Flying Scotsman’ after the London to Edinburgh rail service which started daily at 10am in 1862.The name Pontypridd is from Pont-y-tŷ-pridd, Welsh for "bridge by the earthen house", a reference to a succession of wooden bridges that formerly spanned the River Taff at this point.
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Mr Thomas said: “I used to be fireman on trains, it’s marvellous to see it. It’s lovely to see so many people, and these children have never seen anything like that before.
I really enjoyed it.” Many people got to catch a glimpse of the train as it travelled through Abergavenny, Little Mill Junction and Maindee Junction.
The Flying Scotsman made two visits to the region, first on its way from Shrewsbury to Cardiff and then it picked up passengers at Newport Station on a tour to Bristol taking in views of the Severn bridges, Chepstow Castle, and 20 miles of the River Severn.
More than 100 people gathered at the station to catch a glimpse of the train including Neil Mcomish and his four-year-old son Flynn. We hadn’t seen the Flying Scotsman before so we were excited.