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Flying Scotsman set to wow steam fans as it comes to Norwich for first time

PUBLISHED: 17:05 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:21 10 November 2017

The Flying Scotsman shoots through March rail station. PHOTO: Harry Rutter

The Flying Scotsman shoots through March rail station. PHOTO: Harry Rutter

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The Flying Scotsman is set to steam into Norwich for the first time on Saturday allowing fans to get a close up view of the world famous locomotive.

The Flying Scotsman shoots through March rail station. PHOTO: Harry Rutter The Flying Scotsman shoots through March rail station. PHOTO: Harry Rutter

The iconic engine will take passengers on a morning tour of East Anglia, departing from Norwich Station at 8am.

The trip will see the Scotsman steam down the Great Eastern Main Line to the new Bacon Factory curve where the train will go through Westerfield, before reversing back into Ipswich.

The locomotive will then set off again on a return fast run back to Norwich, retracing the outward route.

In the afternoon, passengers can join a trip to London with the engine, which will depart from Norwich at approximately 2pm.

The Flying Scotsman shoots through March rail station. PHOTO: Harry Rutter The Flying Scotsman shoots through March rail station. PHOTO: Harry Rutter

The route will take passengers on a fast run south through Ely and Cambridge before picking up the East Coast route to London.

Passengers will have over an hour to explore, before heading back to King’s Cross Station for the journey home by vintage diesel.

The Flying Scotsman arrives in Norwich following recent repairs.

The engine was due to arrive in Norwich on October 18 but never made it, after breaking down in Peterborough when it experienced problems with its hot axel box.

Marcus Robertson, chairman of Steam Dreams, said: “This will be our first visit to East Anglia with Flying Scotsman, which promises to be a fantastic experience for those on board.

“The trip was rearranged to Saturday, November 11 thanks to the efforts of our train operator, West Coast Railways, along with Network Rail and Riley & Sons Engineering, and presents a special opportunity to travel with this famous locomotive.”

Limited tickets are still available for both the circular morning trip and London run, although organisers said they do not expect they to be around for long.

Built in 1923, the Flying Scotsman was employed on long-distance express trains 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. The locomotive set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on November 30, 1934.

It also set a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive.

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