Flying Scotsman to return to Scotland

The Flying Scotsman is set to make its return to Scotland.
The express passenger train will make two trips over the Forth Bridge in May passing through the Borders and Fife.
50,000 people turned out to see the 94-year-old engine travel across the country last year.
Organisers Steam Dreams expect seats on the “Cathedrals Express” trips to sell out quickly after going on sale this morning.
Steam Dreams chairman Marcus Robertson said: “Although Flying Scotsman was built in England, it feels very much that the locomotive is a Scottish icon.
“Last year’s trips were fantastically popular and earned Scotland publicity all over the world.
“We’ve had a lot of help from our friends at Network Rail here in Scotland, and ScotRail themselves, who have worked incredibly hard to make all this possible, along with of course, the National Railway Museum in York, who are the custodians of Flying Scotsman.”
The newly-restored locomotive will haul excursions from Edinburgh round Fife and along the Forth via Stirling on Sunday, 14 May.
The latter trip, through Culross and Alloa, is believed be the first time Flying Scotsman has travelled on the so-called “Forth Circle”.
Campaigners want the disused Dunfermline-Alloa section – previously used by coal trains to the now-closed Longannet Power Station – re-opened for passenger services.
The firm said it had received clearance from Network Rail for the services, after last year’s trips nearly had to be cancelled because the necessary checks had not been completed.

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