One of Britain’s iconic locomotives will be passing through Swindon on its way from Bristol to London Paddington at around 7.57pm this evening.
However fans of the famous machine are urged to keep off the tracks and view it from a distance. Flying Scotsman returned to the East Coast Main Line, an electrified line, after a 10-year, £4.2million refurbishment by the National Railway Museum in February with an inaugural journey from London King’s Cross to York which was greeted by thousands of people lining the route.
But, the day was marred in parts by several dangerous incidents of trespass – where members of the public were seen walking along the tracks and taking photographs of the locomotive while other trains continued to pass on opposing lines.
Photographs shared online showed crowds of people, including young children, stood in the path of oncoming trains with their view obscured by plumes of steam and smoke from the engine.
All trains on the East Coast Main Line had to be stopped as a result, causing a combined total of over eight hours of delays (516 minutes) to 59 train services and costing taxpayer-funded Network Rail almost £60,000 in compensation to train operators.
Please stay safe as the train passes through Swindon!
Pictured top by Dan Clarkson, The Flying Scotsman preparing for its inaugural run at York Station. Below, pulling into York station in front of huge crowds of enthusiasts