Joy as iconic Scotsman pays us a Flying visit
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.
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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.