The Flying Scotsman train began its tour of the South West today and will travel across Devon and into Cornwall before rolling into Penzance station on Saturday.
The famous locomotive, which became the first in the UK to break the 100mph barrier, has never visited the Duchy before and has not been seen in Devon for 15 years.
The Flying Scotman’s much-anticipated tour of the South West began today (Thursday, October 4) in Devon and will operate back and forth across Cornwall on Saturday, October 6 before departing back up through Devon on Monday, October 8.
The train will leave Plymouth at 9:00am and travel all the way down to Penzance where it will stop at approximately 11:00am. It will then depart at around 1:00pm and head back towards Plymouth for an expected 3:00pm arrival.
There is no way to turn the locomotive around so it will be towed back by a diesel train.
The Flying Scotsman is sure to attract huge interest and people wishing to catch a glimpse are being reminded not to put themselves in danger by trespassing on the railway verges and embankments.
During the train’s inaugural run, large numbers of people were seen clambering onto the tracks in order to take photos while other trains continued to pass on opposing lines.
Great Western Railway (GWR), who operate the stations here in Cornwall, has set up a special viewing area at the depot at Laira, near Plymouth, where the train will be stored, and are expected to put a similar solution in place at Penzance station.
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