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The Flying Scotsman Returns

Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman returned for a second year of Scottish excursions with a pledge to make them annual events.

The 94-year-old express locomotive steamed across the Forth Bridge on two trips from Edinburgh - cheered on at Dalmeny station by dozens of well-wishers. Nearly 800 passengers were due to be carried on the runs round the Fife Circle, and later up the Forth via Alloa and Stirling.

Chairman Marcus Robertson, boss of operator Steam Dreams, said future trips were likely to be over the Forth Bridge again rather than on the Borders Railway, which had proved less popular last year.

He said: "Going over the bridge is the piece de resistance of the whole thing - it's hard to think of anywhere better. "Borders has been steamed to death now" - a reference to ScotRail excursions following the line's opening in 2015, and last year.

A spokesman said there had been no reports of fans straying onto the line to get a closer look or reports of drones flying illegally above rail lines, which were being patrolled by its helicopter.

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20 May 2017

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