Unruly Trainspotters Endanger Future of Flying Scotsman Runs

By Gary Cutlack on at

Rail operator Network Rail has warned that the fun may soon end for steam enthusiasts, thanks to aggressive trainspotters getting too near the tracks whenever their beloved restored old Flying Scotsman powers through.

Network Rail says there's a knock on effect of delays to other parts of the system when heritage rail enthusiasts storm the cuttings for their dream photos, with 56 regular commuter services interrupted and delayed the previous weekend when the Scotsman was allowed out on the mainline, and the spotters and fans clamoured to get doused by and cleansed in her holy steam.

It's so bad that British Transport Police has launched a manhunt for a pair of Scotsman spotters who were too near the tracks in Staffordshire. BTP's Gareth Davies said: "It is extremely disappointing that a small minority of rail enthusiasts put their lives in grave danger in an attempt to take photos of the Flying Scotsman. Quite frankly, they should know better and we are today sending a strong message that this will not be tolerated."

Network Rail, in a veiled threat to stop the running of heritage steam on the mainline network, said it "could not rule out" banning the steam titan from running amid regular scheduled services unless fans calm themselves. [Sky News]

Image credit: Flying Scotsman