The Flying Scotsman returns to Newark on Saturday
7:30am Fri Jun 17, 2016
 
John Edlin took this photograph of The Flying Scotsman, passing through Swinderby, last Friday.
John Edlin took this photograph of The Flying Scotsman, passing through Swinderby, last Friday.
Railway enthusiasts will have another chance to see the most famous steam locomotive of them all on Saturday.
The Flying Scotsman is due to be in Newark for around two hours between the town’s two railway stations.

The iconic locomotive is due to arrive at Castle station after 8am and will make its way to Northgate, where it is due to leave after 10am.

It stopped at Northgate for 25 minutes on Friday on its way to Cleethorpes, via Lincoln and then on to Morpeth, via York.

The Flying Scotsman returned to the East Coast Main Line in February after a ten-year, £4.2m refurbishment by the National Railway Museum with an inaugural journey, from London King’s Cross to York, taking it through Newark Northgate.

It was watched by thousands of people lining the route.

The day was marred at some locations, however, by people walking along the tracks and taking photographs of the locomotive while other trains passed on opposing lines.

Photographs shared online show crowds of people, including young children, in the path of oncoming trains with their view obscured by plumes of steam and smoke from the engine.

Mr Phil Hufton, Network Rail managing director for England and Wales, said: “I cannot stress enough how dangerous it is to go on to the railway without any formal training and without permission, as well as it being illegal.”

All trains on the East Coast Main Line had to be stopped as a result, causing a combined total of more than eight hours of delays to 59 train services and costing Network Rail almost £60,000 in compensation to train operators.

Mr Phil Hufton, Network Rail managing director for England and Wales, said: “While the turnout to see Flying Scotsman so far has shown the passion and support for steam engines and, indeed, the railway itself, the images of people on the railway taking photographs were deeply concerning and a breach of our safe operations.

“I cannot stress enough how dangerous it is to go on to the railway without any formal training and without permission, as well as it being illegal.

“I am urging those who plan to enjoy seeing the Flying Scotsman in the coming days to do so from a safe position and not to go on to the railway under any circumstances.

“I’d like to thank those who have observed safe practices during the Scotsman’s runs so far and ask others to follow that example.”

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