Posted by: wrha | May 22, 2016

Flying Scotsman visit

Flying Scotsman visit the Scottish Borders on Sunday 15th May. The trip has generated huge interest across the region and it caused consternation on Friday evening when Network Rail announced that the visit was cancelled due ton gauging paperwork not being in place. On the Saturday a large amount of political pressure was applied to Network Rail and much to everyone’s delight the visit was back on and the required paperwork was in place.
The day of the visit saw lovely weather across the Borders and the crowds were out in force to see the steam engines. The run down from Edinburgh to Tweedbank saw huge crowds at the line-side, thankfully all on the right side of the fence. At points the A7 was struggling to keep flowing with parked cars and people stopping to see the train.
The stop at Galashiels was met with a very large crowd and the pipe band, which really impressed the passengers on the train. Arrival at Tweedbank was greeted with even larger numbers of excited spectators, keen to see Flying Scotsman. A party atmosphere was generated at Tweedbank were people queued to gain access to the platform for a photograph.
Late in the afternoon the train departed back up to Edinburgh after a highly successful visit.

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