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World’s most famous locomotive, the Flying Scotsman, visits Norwich today

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 October 2017

Flying Scotsman steams through Goathland station. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire

Flying Scotsman steams through Goathland station. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire

The world’s most famous locomotive, the Flying Scotsman is to visit East Anglia this evening.

The Flying Scotsman will visit Norwich this week. Picture: Bob Green The Flying Scotsman will visit Norwich this week. Picture: Bob Green

The locomotive is due in Norwich at approximately 7pm after departing Ely at around 5.30pm and steaming across the Fens.

Fans of the Flying Scotsman will also be able to view it in Peterborough, where it is expected at around 2pm after travelling from York Station.

Marcus Robertson, chairman of Steam Dreams, which organises the trips, said: “This will be our first visit to East Anglia with Flying Scotsman, which promises to be a fantastic experience for those on board.

“With most tickets for trips with Flying Scotsman already sold out, this is a very special opportunity to travel with this famous locomotive.”

Flying Scotsman arriving at Peterborough Flying Scotsman arriving at Peterborough

Passengers will have over an hour to explore Norwich before heading back to Ely by vintage diesel.

On Saturday October 21, The Flying Scotsman will depart Norwich Station at approximately 8am and steam down the Great Eastern Main Line to the new Bacon Factory curve where the train takes passengers through Westerfield, before reversing back into Ipswich.

Flying Scotsman then sets off again on a return fast run back to Norwich, retracing the outward route.

In the afternoon, passengers can join a trip on The Flying Scotsman from Norwich to London which will depart at approximately 2pm.

Crowds at Colton Junction near York wait for the Flying Scotsman in 2016 after a decade-long, £4.2 million refit. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire Crowds at Colton Junction near York wait for the Flying Scotsman in 2016 after a decade-long, £4.2 million refit. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire

The locomotive will take passengers on a fast run south through Ely and Cambridge before picking up the East Coast route. Passengers will have over an hour to explore, before heading back to King’s Cross Station for the journey back to Norwich by vintage diesel.

Tickets are available in four classes, ranging from £79 per person in Premium Standard through to the top class of Pullman Style Dining of £205 per person.

Organisers said the full details of the train’s itinerary were not being released and fans of the locomotive were urged to keep off the tracks.

Anyone wanting to take photos has been advised to do so at Norwich Station.

An aerial view of the Flying Scotsman near Hatfield. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire An aerial view of the Flying Scotsman near Hatfield. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Flying Scotsman was built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works.

It set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on November 30, 1934.

For further details of trips with Flying Scotsman, call 01483 209888 or visit www.SteamDreams.co.uk.

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