Flying Scotsman steams ahead on inaugural run

Doncaster's finest export the Flying Scotsman makes its inaugural run from London Kings Cross to York after a ten year restoration.

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Warning after drone collides with Flying Scotsman

Flying visit to Goathland station Credit: PA

Police are investigating after part of a drone collided with the Flying Scotsman on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The device was flying next to the steam train as it passed between Grosmont and Pickering when its camera became dislodged after the device struck a tree.

British Transport Police has now warned people to keep the drones at least 50 metres away from trains or they could face prosecution.

While no damage was caused to the train, we would like to point out that the use of drones, or any other small unmanned aircrafts, within 50 metres of a train is prohibited and is an offence due to the fact that they can cause an obstruction and endanger the safety of the train. We have identified the person responsible and officers will be speaking to them in due course.

– Inspector Bob Moody, British Transport Police

USA trip offered to Flying Scotsman enthusiast after train photobomb

Thousands turned out to watch the Flying Scotsman make her inaugural journey from Kings Cross to York yesterday, but for one man, it didn't go quite to plan.

Ryan Allen from Spilsby in Lincolnshire travelled to see the famous engine and tried to capture the historic moment on his camera phone, but things went rather wrong as Helen Steel reports:


US trip offered to Flying Scotsman enthusiast after Virgin photobomb

A man from Lincolnshire has been offered a trip to the United States after a Virgin East Coast train photobombed his view of the Flying Scotsman.

Credit: Ryan Allen

Ryan Allen from Spilsby caught the moment an express train ruined his view of the steam locomotive as it whizzed past in the village of Little Bytham.

He even tweeted that he had been 'waiting all day'.

Virgin Trains saw the tweet and have offered Ryan the trip of a lifetime to Atlanta, Georgia by way of apology.

Jon goes along for the ride

Railway enthusiast and Calendar weather presenter Jon Mitchell bagged himself a seat on the Flying Scotsman's inaugural run. It was, he said, a great privilege to be onboard.

Bagpipes welcome for Flying Scotsman in York

The Flying Scotsman pulled into York to bagpipes and a rapturous welcome from a huge crowd.

The train's arrival was delayed by around an hour due to it stopping when steam enthusiasts along the route got too near to the tracks.


Passengers include VIPS, fundraisers and competition winners

Flying past Kirkham Abbey, North Yorkshire Credit: PA

Some 297 VIPs, fundraisers, competition winners and ticket-buying members of the public are onboard for the five-hour trip.

Built in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in 1923, the Flying Scotsman soon became the star locomotive of the British railway system, pulling the first train to break the 100mph barrier in 1934.

The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York bought the locomotive for £2.3 million in 2004 before work got under way on its restoration in 2006.

The Flying Scotsman will be kept at the NRM until March 6th before embarking on a tour around the country.

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