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.