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Fans prepare to welcome iconic 'Flying Scotsman' to Wales

Fans of the iconic 'Flying Scotsman' will be able to catch a glimpse today, as the train visits Wales as part of a UK tour.

Credit: Network Rail

It's due to make a return journey from Crewe to Holyhead on Wednesday, after its recent renovation.

But keen fans are being urged to stay safe, after an incident in February which saw members of the public walking along the tracks to take pictures.

The incident caused several hours of delays, and cost almost £60,000 in compensation paid to delayed passengers.

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 stood 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 onto the railway without any formal training and without permission, as well as being illegal.

I am urging those who plan to enjoy seeing Flying Scotsman in the coming days to do so from a safe position and do not go onto 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.

– Phil Hufton, Network Rail