Thousands of enthusiasts lined railways, cuttings and bridges to catch a glimpse of the majestic Flying Scotsman when he arrived in Dorset yesterday.

Footage by Dave Stig

The Flying Scotsman will be hauling five seven-carriage trains a day from Swanage to Corfe Castle and Norden from Friday up until the following Tuesday. Then it will go on display at Corfe Castle station for another 15 days.

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Members of the public will only be able to access the stations and view the train while it’s on display via ticket only.

Several Daily Echo readers spotted the Flying Scotsman at Bournemouth and Poole railway stations yesterday.

Chief executive Jonathan Werran was waiting at Bournemouth station to travel back to Waterloon when, he said: "The Flying Scotsman just hoved into view."

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The Flying Scotsman at Bournemouth railway station, taken by Jason Shrubb

Swanage Railway volunteer Mick Gould said: “We are extremely grateful to the National Railway Museum for giving the Swanage Railway the opportunity to host such a unique and historic event to operate and display the world-famous Flying Scotsman which is such an icon.”

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The Flying Scotsman cost £7,944 to build and was completed in 1923 by the London and North Eastern Railway. During a test run in 1934, the Nigel Gresley-designed Flying Scotsman was the first steam locomotive in the UK to haul a train at 100 miles an hour.

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Swanage Railway Trust trustee and company chairman Trevor Parsons said: “Flying Scotsman last visited the Swanage Railway in 1994, when it only hauled trains to Harman’s Cross.

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Picture: Karyn Cuglietta

“So it is very exciting that No. 60103 will be hauling trains all the way to Corfe Castle and Norden.”

Tickets for the five services running each day on the Swanage Railway have sold out for the weekend but, said the Railway, a few are still left for Friday, as well as next Monday and Tuesday.

There are also tickets available to view him from Swanage Station, Gilbert Road Embankment, Court Road Viewing Area and the stations at Harmans Cross, Corfe Castle Station Platforms and Goods Yard Area and Norden Station Platforms.

During his visit Flying Scotsman will be hauling Car 14 Pullman Observation Car, The Devon Belle, and six carriages. 

Flying Scotsman visits Dorset

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