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WATCH: The Flying Scotsman comes to Norwich

PUBLISHED: 14:29 12 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:19 13 November 2017

The Flying Scotsman shortly after it departed Norwich for London via Ely. Picture: James Clay

The Flying Scotsman shortly after it departed Norwich for London via Ely. Picture: James Clay

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The famous Flying Scotsman steam engine took train enthusiasts on a trip back in time when it finally steamed into Norwich.

Five-year-old train enthusiast, Lincoln Jordan, with the Flying Scotsman at Norwich Railway Station. Lincoln's great grandfather, Thomas Lee, was the driver when the Flying Scotsman went from Norwich to York in the 60s. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Five-year-old train enthusiast, Lincoln Jordan, with the Flying Scotsman at Norwich Railway Station. Lincoln's great grandfather, Thomas Lee, was the driver when the Flying Scotsman went from Norwich to York in the 60s. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The iconic locomotive had been due to arrive on October 18 but never made it, after breaking down in Peterborough when it experienced problems with its hot axle box.

Sitting on the platform to welcome the engine back to Norwich was one former driver - Jim Beswick.

Mr Beswick, now 92, started his life on the railways at Northwich in Carlisle as a fireman when he was 15 yearsold and eventually worked his way up the ladder to become a driver. JHe moved to Norwich railway station when he was 17 on a transfer in 1949, and drove the Flying Scotsman in his late 20s and early 30s.

Former driver of the Flying Scotsman, James Beswick, 92, made the trip to Norwich Railway Station from his care home in Wroxham Road with friends and carers, to see the locomotive again. From left, Sandra Warnes, Bobby Graham, and Joy Michell. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Former driver of the Flying Scotsman, James Beswick, 92, made the trip to Norwich Railway Station from his care home in Wroxham Road with friends and carers, to see the locomotive again. From left, Sandra Warnes, Bobby Graham, and Joy Michell. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He now lives at The Warren Care Home in Sprowston and was reunited with the Scotsman as a surprise by their activities team.

Also eagerly awaiting the train’s arrival was Lincoln Jordan, five, whose great-grandfather Thomas Lee, drove the Scotsman between Norwich and York in the 1960s.

The steam locomotive was the first to be officially authenticated at reaching 100mph in 1934, and took trips around East Anglia on Saturday, attracting people from all over the region.

Liz Bond, from Rickinghall in Suffolk, brought son Jacob, six, for a ride on the Scotsman after he developed a keen interest in its history.

Thomas Lee, right, when he was the driver on the Flying Scotsman from Norwich to York in the 60s. Picture: Archant Library Thomas Lee, right, when he was the driver on the Flying Scotsman from Norwich to York in the 60s. Picture: Archant Library

“It was his idea because somehow he has just learned all about the Flying Scotsman so he wanted to go on it,” she said.

“He knew it was the first steam train to do 100mph and he said he would really love a journey, so we are having a treat.

“We had tickets in October and they rearranged it for today. Jacob was really disappointed we didn’t get to go in October.”

Alfred Baker celebrates his 78th birthday on Sunday and was bought tickets by his daughter.

The Flying Scotsman passing near Marston Marshes. Picture: Rowan Mantell The Flying Scotsman passing near Marston Marshes. Picture: Rowan Mantell

“I do a lot of photography and try any subject - generally anything with a lot of character to it. I am a bit of a nostalgic person and I love the character of older things like this,” he said.

Built in 1923, the Flying Scotsman was employed on the London North Eastern Railway and its successors, British Railways Eastern and North-Eastern Regions. It got its name from the London to Edinburgh service and also set a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive.

Did you get any pictures of the Flying Scotsman? Email dominic.gilbert@archant.co.uk

The Flying Scotsman pictured from a microlight aircraft on its return to Norwich. Picture: Simon Stoodley The Flying Scotsman pictured from a microlight aircraft on its return to Norwich. Picture: Simon Stoodley

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