Flying Scotsman to visit Ely, fans warned to stay safe

Fans of the famous Flying Scotsman are being urged to stay safe when the steam locomotive travels from Ely on Wednesday.

Network Rail is advising people to stay off the tracks and enjoy a safe day out when the engine tours Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk this week.

Flying Scotsman is touring Britain this year, including a trip from Ely to Norwich on Wednesday (October 18) and from Norwich to London on Saturday (October 21).
It will depart Ely at 1737, arriving in Norwich at 1901.

Spectators should stay in the safe areas on train platforms, behind the yellow line and avoid using selfie sticks owing to the presence of overhead electricity cables.
Enthusiasts are also reminded that flying drones within 50 metres of the railway is illegal and could result in action being taken by British Transport Police.
Anyone wishing to use a drone must remember to adhere to guidance set out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
A 28-year-old man from Kirby was recently reported to the Crown Prosecution Service after breaching the Air Navigation Order for flying a drone close to the Tornado steam train as it travelled on the Anglia network in August this year.
Failure to follow the advice from the CAA could result in drones colliding with trains, railway infrastructure or members of the public.
Flying Scotsman was originally built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), emerging from the works in 1923. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the railway.
By 1924, when it was selected to appear at the British Empire Exhibition in London, the loco had been given the name ‘Flying Scotsman’ after the London to Edinburgh rail service which started daily at 10am in 1862.

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