Flying Scotsman NOT coming through Spalding after all

The Flying Scotsman will not now come through Spalding.
The Flying Scotsman will not now come through Spalding.
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Earlier hopes that the world famous steam locomotive The Flying Scotsman would be passing through Spalding have been dashed.

The steam-hauled excursion called The White Rose, organised by The Railway Touring Company of King’s Lynn, was due to pass through Spalding, Sleaford and Lincoln on its way from King’s Cross to York this Saturday (JUne 18).

In publicity material on the company’s website, it had initially said it would leave the East Coast Main Line at Peterborough and join the Great Northern Great Eastern joint line on its way up to York.

There had been delays in getting to know the finalised permitted routes and timings from Network Rail due to safety concerns after train spotters risked their lives stepping on the tracks of the main line to get photos on the Flying Scotsman’s first run after restoration earlier this year.

Amanda Williamson of The Railway Touring Company, has now told the Free Press: “We have now received our confirmed route for June 18 and it doesn’t go via Sleaford either on the outward or return.”

The train is likely to be taking the alternative route along the main line instead.