0077 - Photo: David Wainwright.

1st May 1978 and with one week left in the capable hands of class 55 motive power the 1S17 10:00 King's Cross - Edinburgh "The Flying Scotsman" waits to depart King's Cross with 55022 (D9000) "ROYAL SCOTS GREY" in charge. The occasion coincided with the 50th anniversary of the services first non-stop run and the opportunity was taken to reunite the train with the Thistle headboard of old...

0517 - Photo: Martin Margerrison Collection.

...55022 is seen again on the approach to Newark as it passes Beacon Hill.

55010 (D9010) "THE KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERER" had the honour of hauling the final down "The Flying Scotsman" five days later on the 6th May. As from Monday 8th May the new HST timetable began and the 10 O'clock became a 125 diagram.

01/05/78 - 1S17 10:00 King's Cross - Edinburgh, "The Flying Scotsman" (50th anniversary with Thistle headboard) Deltics at Work: Page 58.