The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Stay on right side of tracks during visit
It is a shame the selfish actions of a few rail enthusiasts could spoil the enjoyment of the many when the Flying Scotsman thunders through Fife this weekend. Rather than making a virtue of the visit by the famous locomotive, organisers have had to play it down.
Concerned that over-excited viewers will stray on to the railway line to get a better view and pictures, they have refused to release the timetable for the visit.
It means those who wish to see the distinctive locomotive will have to take their chances on being present when it makes its way across the Forth Bridge and through the kingdom.
Barbed suggestions that Fife rail users are often at the mercy of the vagaries of timetabling may be true, but that is hardly the point.
There is no need to risk life and limb on the railway lines, although many do so on a daily basis.
A report issued last month by Network Rail and British Transport Police revealed the number of people trespassing on lines has peaked with more than 8,000 cases last year – an astonishing 11% rise on 2015.
In the past five years, 115 offenders have been killed, with young people under the age of 25 particularly susceptible, accounting for half the deaths.
It is common sense to stay off the tracks and whether it is larking around, taking a shortcut or seeking a better view of an icon, it is not worth the risk.