The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 1 (May 1, 1928)
Summer passenger train working in Europe and more especially on the Home railways, promises to produce many outstanding high-speed runs. Express working is a feature of main-line operation on the four group systems, and during the present summer it is probable new speed records will be established on the Anglo-Scottish runs and in the passenger train services between London and the West of England.
Last year both the London. Midland and Scottish and London and North Eastern Railways broke new ground with their now world-famous long-distance non-stop trains to and from the north. The running times of these trains are likely to be considerably improved upon during the forthcoming tourist season, and it is even possible that the year 1928 may see something approaching a railway race to Scotland such as was witnessed just forty years ago, with the “Flying Scotsman” and the “Royal Scot”—trains of the East and West Coast routes respectively—as the leading contestants.