Phil’s pain in his­toric loco ‘pho­to­bomb’

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

THIS is the mo­ment a trainspot­ter wait­ing to get a pic­ture of Fly­ing Scots­man had his shot ru­ined – by a pass­ing diesel.

Phil Shaw, 44, read about the his­toric train do­ing a tour, so he went down to a Devon beauty spot where the tracks pass a stun­ning vista.

He got him­self into an el­e­vated po­si­tion and framed the per­fect shot be­fore wait­ing pa­tiently for the train to come into view.

But just as Fly­ing Scots­man ar­rived in Dawlish, a lo­cal diesel train blew its whis­tle and thun­dered into the scene, block­ing the his­toric en­gine from view.

Phil, a train driver from Paign­ton, said: “It didn’t go as planned.

“Hav­ing the day off work I thought I had a few hours to kill so I went down and got my­self into a good po­si­tion.

“I waited for about an hour-and-ahalf and then, sod’s law, the diesel went past at the same time as the Fly­ing Scots­man, so we missed it.

“There were quite. a few peo­ple there. I bet theyE were gut­ted.

“There was a whis­tle and you could hear the train blow his horn.

“Some­one be­hind me said, ‘Oh no, the train is com­ing’. There was a com­mu­nal sigh.”

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