All aboard - Flying Scotsman set to steam into Norfolk after previous trip cancelled over safety fears

Flying Scotsman makes its way along the new Borders rail route near Heriot in the Scottish Borders a

Flying Scotsman makes its way along the new Borders rail route near Heriot in the Scottish Borders as it continues its tour of Britain. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The world's most famous engine the Flying Scotsman will be returning to the region after cancelling its previous visit over fears spectators would get too close to the tracks.

The Flying Scotsman crosses the Ribblehead viaduct in North Yorkshire. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Flying Scotsman crosses the Ribblehead viaduct in North Yorkshire. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire - Credit: PA

In May last year the legendary locomotive was due to run a special excursion train – which was already sold out – from Ely to Norwich and back.

However, the trip was called off, amid fears of a repeat of the scenes from February last year, when about 60 people endangered their lives by getting close to the tracks as the engine steamed through St Neots, in Cambridgeshire.

Its journey was halted for about 15 minutes, costing hundreds of thousands of pounds due to knock-on delays for other trains.

Now Steam Dreams, rail operator of Cathedrals Express, has announced a new tour of the country, including Norwich and Ely.


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The new trips will be running from Wednesday, October 18 until Friday October 27. There will be short tours and circular trips, with starts in Peterborough, Ely, Norwich, Leamington Spa, Banbury, Derby and Sheffield.

Marcus Robertson, Chairman of Steam Dreams, said; 'We are delighted to be able to announce that the Cathedrals Express has extended its Flying Scotsman programme this year.

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'We're looking forward to taking fans of this fabulous engine along some of the most scenic railways this country has to offer from a number of stations that The Cathedrals Express rarely visit.'

Flying Scotsman was originally built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), emerging from the works on February 24, 1923 and initially numbered 1472.

It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the railway.

By 1924, when it was selected to appear at the British Empire Exhibition in London, the loco had been renumbered 4472 – and been given the name 'Flying Scotsman' after the London to Edinburgh rail service which started daily at 10am in 1862.

For further information and prices for remaining tickets for trips with Flying Scotsman, contact the Steam Dreams booking office on 01483 209888 or visit www.SteamDreams.co.uk.

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