Flying Scotsman returns to Yorkshire rails

IT DREW crowds of thousands as it made its way from London's Kings Cross to York's National Railway Museum last month.

Steam enthusiasts taking photos of the Flying Scotsman as it arrived in York last month. Picture: Gary Longbottom

And now steam engine lovers will get the chance to see the Flying Scotsman on Yorkshire rails again from Saturday, as it embarks on an eight day tour of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

It is the first time the engine, which has undergone a £4.2m overhaul, will have been welcomed on a heritage railway.

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The general manager of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Chirs Price, said: “This record-breaking locomotive is probably one of the world’s most famous engines, and the only survivor out of a class of 78, making it very special.”

The Flying Scotsman will be running journey from Saturday March 12 until Sunday March 20, and while all tickets to board the train are sold out, visitors hoping for a glimpse will also be able to hop aboard a variety of other heritage trains running on the railway between Whitby and Pickering.

Visitors have been urged to stay off the tracks however, after the initial trip from London to York was delayed over eight hours due to crowds of people coming onto train lines and standing in the path of oncoming trains just to get a better vantage point.

Mr Price said: “We’re understandably incredibly excited about Flying Scotsman arriving and I’m sure that many others will be too, although we do urge anyone wanting to take photographs to do so from a safe distance and refrain from straying onto the railway itself.

“After recent events, British Transport Police has confirmed that if people are seen trespassing on the tracks, they risk being brought before the courts, a fine of £1,000 and a criminal record.”

For timetable information visit www.nymr.co.uk