A world famous steam locomotive is expected to pass this weekend

Flying Scotsman is due to pass through Swindon tomorrow. Pic Ally McRoberts

Railway enthusiasts are in for a treat this weekend as ‘Flying Scotsman’ returns to the Great Western main line.

The world famous steam locomotive makes its maiden journey in 2022, when it hauls the Cotswold Venturer train from London to Worcester and returns tomorrow (March 5).

Flying Scotsman was originally scheduled to transport the special train on February 19, but this was postponed due to damage from Storm Eunice. This has led to widespread disruption on the country’s railways.

However, tour operator The Railway Touring Company was quick to rearrange the trip.

‘Flying Scotsman’ was built at the Doncaster Works in 1923 by the London and North Eastern Railway and was withdrawn from service in January 1963. The engine is currently owned by the National Railway Museum.

This trip is currently scheduled to be one of Flying Scotsman’s only trips in 2022, as the engine is due to be removed for overhaul later this year.

According to the Realtimetrains website, the locomotive is due to pass through Swindon at 6.27pm on platform 1.

The Doncaster-built locomotive is famous as it is officially the first steam locomotive to reach 100mph, which it achieved in 1934.

He must head towards Worcester using the following route: London Paddington, Oxford, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Evesham before arriving in Worcester.

It will return to London via the Golden Valley route via Cheltenham, Kemble, before joining the GW main line at Swindon.

Once again people are warned to be careful not to trespass when on the move.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: ‘Seeing the Flying Scotsman is an exciting event for many people and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the opportunity so we cannot stress enough the importance of staying in safety at the same time. .

“It is essential that you watch from a safe distance and that you do not go on or near the tracks.

“Trail trespassing is extremely dangerous and can have devastating consequences, in addition to being illegal. You could face a fine of up to £1,000 and end up with a criminal record.

“Remember to watch from a distance and behave responsibly so that everyone can safely enjoy the view of the historic locomotive.

A British Transport Police spokesman added: “Track trespassing is extremely dangerous and every year we see hundreds of people taking risks on and around the tracks, leading to tragic consequences or injuries that change life.

Below you will find the complete timetables for the outward and return journeys.

1Z52: London Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill

1Z53: Worcester Shrub Hill to London Paddington

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