Scotsman fans praised

The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman

Police have praised fans who turned out to see the Doncaster-built Flying Scotsman at the weekend.

Hundreds of people lined stations and viewpoints to see the restored steam engine Flying Scotsman in Scotland on Sunday, including crossing the Forth Bridge.

British Transport Police had warned those planning to see the train to keep off the tracks after its tour in England earlier this year led to some fans putting themselves in danger.

Network Rail paid almost £60,000 in compensation when 59 train services were delayed by people encroaching on to the track to get close to the locomotive as it travelled from London to York on February 2.

BTP officials said they dealt with eight people for allegedly trespassing on the railway line as Flying Scotsman toured on Sunday.

BTP divisional commander for Scotland Chief Superintendent John McBride said: “In the main, our earlier advice and warnings about not straying on the line to view it were heeded.”

Built in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in 1923, Flying Scotsman pulled the first train to break the 100mph barrier in 1934.