Parking spaces appeal for Flying Scotsman's Somerset visit

The Flying Scotsman will spend a week in Somerset in 2017 Credit: PA

Managers of the West Somerset Railway have appealed for land for extra parking spaces following huge interested generated by next year's visit of The Flying Scotsman.

The world-famous steam locomotive is due to spend a week on the tracks between Bishop's Lydeard and Minehead next September. Further details are due to be announced in the New Year, with tickets due to go on sale in February.

The Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster in 1923. Five years later it became the first locomotive to run non-stop between London and Edinburgh. In 1934 it became the first UK loco to reach 100mph.

"In view of the large number of visitors likely to be coming to Taunton Deane and West Somerset, the organisers are keen to identify supplementary parking in the area.

If you own any land, which has the potential for safe, dry car parking, the West Somerset Railway would love to hear from you. This could include parking at a disused office block or factory."

– Colin Howard, West Somerset Railway