This delightful bagatelle style pinball game dates from 1939 and takes the legendary Flying Scot as its theme. (The full name was in fact the 'Flying Scotsman' and the steam powered express passenger train service operated between London and Scotland from 1862 onwards)
The table was made by the well known Genco Manunfacturing Company of Chicago, who were in business until the late 1950's, and although history doesn't record the number of units produced it's safe to say that this particular machine is now extremely rare. This is the first of its kind we've seen, and we see a lot of pinballs!
A clue to its antiquity comes in the absence of flippers, which weren't invented until some time later. With this game you insert one old penny to release 5 large ball bearings which line up across the bottom. Each of these is then fired individually, with Bumper hits scoring 100 and 1000 points coming up if the ball drops into the narrow gap between the bumpers, provided the two lights at either side are lit at the time.
It may not be the most sophisticated machine ever created but the artwork, which celebrates The Flying Scot's historic record breaking run between London and Edinburgh, is superb and simply oozes charm.
This example has seen a lot of action over the last few decades and the cabinet is certainly sporting a few battle scars, which will either drive you mad or add to the character depending entirely on your attitude to such things. We took the decision to carry out a sympathetic restoration to the exterior rather than respray it on the basis that we didn’t want to cover up the original graphics. This amounts to retouching the worst of the marks but leaving the lesser abrasions alone and allowing the general patina of age to come through. It has undergone a full mechanical overhaul though, and of course comes with our usual One Year Parts and Labour Warranty.
The Games Room Company is one of the oldest pinball dealers in the country. Our founder, Reginald Waldersmith, played his first pinball game in 1960, and described it without irony as being “flipping excellent”. We’ve been selling pinball machines since 1962, so know a thing or two about our products! Our showroom will gladly assist you on any questions you may have before or after you purchase any Games Room Company equipment.