The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Hunt for rail fans who trespassed


Police want to identify a number of rail enthusiast­s pictured trespassin­g on the tracks to catch a glimpse of Flying Scotsman following a decade-long refit.

Images taken from a helicopter operated by Network Rail show a number of people standing close to rail lines to watch the famous locomotive travelling between Newcastle and York.

Anyone who recognises the people in the photograph­s is asked to contact British Transport Police so it can “enforce the law where appropriat­e”.

The photograph­s, taken on May 14, show that repeated warnings about the dangers of getting too close to the railway are being ignored by some people.

Flying Scotsman’s inaugural run on February 2 was marred by trespasser­s who walked along the tracks taking photograph­s as other trains passed on opposing lines.

All trains on the East Coast Main Line were temporaril­y stopped and taxpayer-funded Network Rail was forced to pay out almost £60,000 in compensati­on as a result.

Some 59 train services were delayed for a combined total of more than eight hours.

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