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The Flying Scotsman is coming to Norwich

10:12 26 February 2016

The Flying Scotsman. Photo: PA

The Flying Scotsman. Photo: PA

Its glorious return to the tracks this week has prompted excitement across the country, with thousands flocking to see it steam its way from London to York.

And now, Britain’s most famous locomotive is to pay a visit to Norwich.

The Flying Scotsman will power its way into the city later this spring, as part of a series of trips being planned around the country.

The locomotive has been out of action for around a decade while it underwent a £4.2m refit. But it made its grand return yesterday, leaving from King’s Cross and heading north to York, where it will be based at the National Rail Museum. It arrived almost an hour later than expected, after being held up twice by reports of trespassers, keen for a good view.

It will make the journey from Ely to Norwich and back in May. Passengers have paid almost £180 for a ticket.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are all excited to see The Flying Scotsman return to our rails and we know that many people have waited years for this.”

The locomotive undertook a series of test runs through Cumbria and Lancashire earlier this year.

Tickets for its journey to Norwich, billed as an East Anglian cream tea outing, have already sold out, but people can turn out to watch.

It will depart Ely at 2pm on Wednesday, May 25 and arrive in Norwich at 3.30pm, returning at 4.30pm for a 6pm arrival at Ely.

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5 comments

  • I saw the Scot a couple of times in the 90's at Spinks lane and Wymondham station as it travelled to Norwich. At Spinks lane, on a bend, train spotters were on the track and had to be shouted at to get off as an approaching Ely bound train was near.

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    dr.zack

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • As Norwich is a terminus it would be nice to think something is done to accommodate the hundreds of visitors - this is such an iconic beast we should welcome her with open arms. Kat, tickets for the inaugural run yesterday were £450 for this trip I believe they are £180. A trip to Yarmouth would be good but casue chaos probably bringing the Acle straight to a standstill

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    Jonno65

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • .....It would be a real bonus if somehow, some where , around Thorpe station a viewing area was erected!....That would attract Train spotters and photographers, and really involve the City of Norwich!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • .....It would be a real bonus if somehow, some where , around Thorpe station a viewing area was erected!....That would attract Train spotters and photographers, and really involve the City of Norwich!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • I was just looking at all the videos and media coverage. What an amazing piece of engineering she is, and I remember seeing her go by near my family's home in High Wycombe when I was a child. Tickets were going for as much as £450 according to a specialist rail magazine piece I just read. Would love to see her at Norwich, even better if she came to Great Yarmouth.

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    Kat Perkins

    Friday, February 26, 2016

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