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Flying Scotsman spectators thanked for heeding advice

The British Transport Police (BTP) officer in charge of the Force’s Flying Scotsman operation has thanked the tens of thousands of people who flocked to see the iconic steam train yesterday for heeding safety advice and warnings about trespassing on the railway line.

Chief Superintendent John McBride, Divisional Commander for BTP in Scotland, said: “The return of Flying Scotsman was a true spectacle and I want to thank all those people who lined the route and stations to see it as it passed. In the main our earlier advice and warnings about not straying on the line to view it were heeded. Our officers worked tirelessly with our rail industry partners to ensure the day’s events passed with out any real incident of note. It was a truly memorable day for many and I look forward to its return in the future.”

BTP dealt with only eight people for trespassing on the railway line as Flying Scotsman toured the Borders Railway and Fife Circle.
Around 8.15pm three men (aged 28, 34 and 54 years) and a 33 year woman were found on the line between South Gyle and Dalmeny stations. A short time later, around 8.25pm, two men (aged 39 and 41 years) and two women (aged 39 and 42 years) trespassed in the vicinity of Glenrothes station.

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