The Secret Diaries of a Long-distance Walker

Flying Scotsman on the North York Moors near Goathland - David Maugham

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The Secret Diaries of a Long-distance Walker and the Flying Scotsman

Update on ‘The Secret Diaries of a Long-distance Walker’ plus some recent activities with the Flying Scotsman.

Paul Hudson (Look North news Weatherman) and Harry Gration Look North news Presenter

I was at the completion in York of the epic three-legged walk for Sports Relief by Paul Hudson (Look North news Weatherman) and Harry Gration (Look North news Presenter) which raised over £259,000 for Sports Relief . I was interviewed in the audience live on TV.

DAVID MAUGHAN and Al Hinks The Secret Diaries of a Long-distance Walker - The Flying Scotsman

I also met Alan Hinkes the UKs top mountaineer who is the first and only British mountaineer to have climbed the 14 highest and most dangerous mountains (over 8,000 metres) in the World. More men have been on the moon.

DAVID MAUGHAN The Secret Diaries of a Long-distance Walker - The Flying Scotsman

I also spent 5 days filming and photographing the Flying Scotsman on the North Yorkshire Moors.  I was very pleased with the results and I have had some great feedback. No train photographers will have got the one with ethereal steam from my Pulpit Rock as it is little known and awkward to get to with heavy camera equipment!

Essential to this filming, sometimes all day in cold conditions, was the Rohan gear I had. Indeed on the video I took from my Pulpit Rock I had on Rohan socks, down jacket, merino base layer, shirt, Maelstrom waterproof jacket. For the latter I found the zip on the sleeve really useful for keeping my lens cleaner on some of the days it drizzled. Such attention to detail in outdoor clothing is exceptional. Despite someone who feels the cold I was nice and cosy. Even Alan Hinkes said that the day I was filming him on the Flying Scotsman was cold and this from someone who has climbed Everest four times! – David Maughan

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4 Comments

  1. Great pics of A3 4472 (or 60103 as it seems inexplicably to have been done up in British Rail livery and taxonomy).

    The Flying Scotsman is a great loco, but Sir Nigel Gresley’s A4 Mallard 4468 has to be the “capo di capi” (the boss of all bosses) with an achievement than can never ever be bettered.

    And of course the eponymous Sir Nigel A4 4498 plies its everyday trade on the NYM railway between Grosmont and Pickering and is not just a museum exhibit.

  2. Hi Douglas, she has had £4.2 spent on her and does indeed look splendid. To see more of my videos of her on the lovely North York Moors go to You Tube, search on my name and click on my photograph.

  3. Douglas L says:

    ‘She’ looks in very good shape,given her maiden vogage was 1923 (for the Class A3 Pacific). What a great design by Nigel Gresley. Will always remember train number ‘4472’ with great fondness,the first ever train to haul coal from London to Edinburgh without a stop!

    Best,

    Douglas L

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