From 1845 railways played a huge part in the development and growth

of Scarborough as a seaside holiday destination.

In the late 1970s to help arrest the decline in visitor numbers

Scarborough Council funded the restoration of a turntable and

watering facilities and persuaded British Rail to introduce a

programme of steam hauled excursion trains bearing the headboard

Scarborough Spa Express. The majority of the trains were hauled by

locomotives from the national collection and Mallard, Duchess of

Hamilton, City of Truro, Evening Star and eventually Flying Scotsman

have all been involved at some time. This had not been part of the