Joy as iconic Scots­man pays us a Fly­ing visit

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

THE world’s most fa­mous en­gine, the 60103 Fly­ing Scots­man, re­turned to the Sur­rey Hills on Wed­nes­day last week, much to the de­light of ea­gled-eyed train spot­ters.

The iconic lo­co­mo­tive headed along the scenic Sur­rey Hills for a lunchtime tour af­ter leav­ing Lon­don Vic­to­ria at 10.30am.

The Fly­ing Scots­man first came into the Sur­rey bor­der, pass­ing through Staines at 12.30pm be­fore head­ing to Vir­ginia Wa­ter and on to Ad­dle­stone. It passed through Byfleet and New Haw sta­tion at 12.56pm, then wend­ing its way through Wok­ing and Guild­ford be­fore stop­ping for a well de­served drink at Shal­ford.

Then it was on through Dork­ing and Reigate at 2.20pm to the cheers of spec­ta­tors be­fore head­ing on the re­turn trip back to the cap­i­tal.

John Stone, who watched the Fly­ing Scots­man chug past Reigate Sta­tion, said: “I have been train spot­ting for 60 years and this is the first time I have ever seen it.

“It was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing and so many peo­ple turned up to watch it go past.

“It’s very rare to see a steam train like this on a main track. This was def­i­nitely one of my favourite trains I have ever spot­ted.”

An­other train spot­ter added: “It was fan­tas­tic.

“There were lots of peo­ple up on Reigate Bridge watch­ing as it went past.

“I just hap­pened to come across the Fly­ing Scots­man by chance as I was wait­ing for a train.

“I’m so pleased I had the chance to see it.”

Mean­while, some pas­sen­gers on board got to en­joy a fine din­ing feast.

They paid up to £205 for a five-course meal with wine on the beau­ti­ful steam train.

Spec­ta­tors of all ages waited at sta­tions around Sur­rey, with railway bridges packed and plat­forms busy with train spot­ters with cam­eras ready to catch a glimpse of the iconic train.

Play­ful Phoebe loves her food and the com­pany of other dogs.

The Fly­ing Scots­man passes through Guild­ford and, be­low, in Art­ing­ton near St Cather­ine’s Lock and (bot­tom left) Sheere and (bot­tom right) Byfleet and New Haw.

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