As the Flying Scotsman steams through, spectators urged to stay safe
That’s the message for fans of Flying Scotsman as the world-famous train gets ready to tour the South East next week.
Flying Scotsman will journeying through be the Chiltern Hills on June 6 and June 9 with lunchtime and evening tours both days.
Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) though are both warning anyone planning to see the train to be aware of the dangers of straying onto the tracks.
As well as putting themselves at risk of being hit by a train, rail lines in the South are powered by an electrified ‘third rail’ running parallel to the tracks.
This is always switched on and carries enough electricity to kill a person.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “Seeing Flying Scotsman passing through our spectacular countryside is a terrific opportunity but I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay safe at all times. Never wander onto or near the tracks. As well as being illegal, it is incredibly dangerous.
“I urge anyone who is planning on enjoying seeing Flying Scotsman to do so from a safe position.”
BTP officers will be patrolling the routes to make sure all enjoy spotting the train, without putting themselves or others in danger.
Officers confirmed there had already unfortunately been cases on the tour of individuals venturing onto the tracks.
BTP Sergeant Phil Horne said: “The Flying Scotsman tour is a very exciting event for many people and we want everyone who is looking forward to seeing the spectacular steam engine to have a great day out and stay safe.
“So far on the Flying Scots- man tour, there has been some disruption, with various incidents of trespass along the line.
“It is incredibly disappointing that despite repeated warnings, people chose to risk their lives and the lives of others by going onto the railway tracks to view the Flying Scotsman.”
He continued: “We understand that people are excited, but the railway is a hazardous environment and trespassers endanger their safety and that of others.
“The disruption caused to trains as a result of the trespass meant that many people were affected by the actions of the trespassers.”
If you are planning to look out for the great locomotive, the BTP has issued some advice to make sure all runs smoothly.