Flying Scotsman, one of the most recognisable steam locomotives in
the world, has recently completed a 10 year restoration at the National
Railway Museum in York. It re-entered service early in 2016
and started mainline tours in May. One of its first tours
was a trip from London to Salisbury and then onto Hampshire for the
afternoon. The timings and route were cloaked in secrecy to
avoid a repeat of its first outing when onlookers strayed onto the line.
Not only was this dangerous but Network Rail incurred a hefty fine
because of the knock-on delays to other services. Despite
the lack of information, hundreds of locals and enthusiasts braved the
all-day drizzle to glimpse the famous engine at various points along the
route. Salisbury station itself was packed when it finally
set off on its return trip to London in the early evening.