Care­less spec­ta­tors could de­rail Fly­ing Scotsman

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

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.

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