Careless spectators could derail Flying Scotsman
NETWORK Rail has warned the Flying Scotsman could be banned from main lines would not be off the cards if people keep trespassing to see it.
The warning comes after delays of 16 hours to a journey by the class steam train last week.
A Network Rail spokesman said it ‘would not let a few thoughtless lawbreakers cause dangers and delays.’
They said a a ban would be a “move of last resort” but could not be ruled out if lives were being risked.
British Transport Police said two enthusiasts stood “incredibly close” to the tracks where trains passed at 125mph.
The Flying Scotsman is due in Gloucestershire on Saturday, June 15.
It is scheduled to depart from London Paddington along the ex-great Western Railway main line, stopping at Reading and Didcot to pick up passengers.
It will continue on through the Vale of White Horse to Swindon and then take the line to Kemble before climbing up the summit at Sapperton Tunnel and descend through the Golden Valley via Stroud and reach the Bristol line at Standish Junction. Heading northwards past Gloucester, the train will travel via Cheltenham Spa to Abbotswood Junction and head for Worcester where it will stay for more than three hours. On the way back, the Flying Scotsman will take the scenic Cotswold Line through Oxford, then to Evesham and onto Honeybourne before climbing the summit at Campden.
Then it will head to Moreton in Marsh, through Kingham and Ascottunder-whychwood towards Charlbury. The locomotive will then head towards Oxford before rejoining the Didcot route and continuing along the line towards reading before then returning to London.
A Flying Scotsman spokesman said a ban “would not be a surprise” but every effort, such as CCTV and extra police on the train, was being taken to avoid the situation.