Flying Scotsman thrills crowds on first Norfolk outing

The Flying Scotsman departing from Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Flying Scotsman departing from Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The first passengers to ride Flying Scotsman during its two-week Norfolk visit have given the legendary locomotive their stamp of approval. 

The 1928-built engine which once set land speed records took a more leisurely pace on the Mid Norfolk Railway's route from Dereham to Brick Kiln Junction.

After the train steamed back into town to conclude its first Saturday morning service, scores of passengers flocked to the end of the platform, eager for photos in front of the famous green loco. 

Karen and Gordon Soilleux by the Flying Scotsman at the Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Pict

Karen and Gordon Soilleux by the Flying Scotsman at the Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Among them was Gordon Soilleux, from Dereham, was there with his wife, Karen. Mr Soilleux said: "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity. We got soot on the table when we had the window open, you don’t got that on a modern train."

Christopher Norris, 10, from Martham, was there with his mum Jenny, seven-year-old sister Louise and their family.

Jan and Allan Slade, Stephen Norries, Jenny Norries, children Christopher and Louise Norries and Alb

Jan and Allan Slade, Stephen Norris, Jenny Norris, children Christopher and Louise Norris and Albert Harris by the Flying Scotsman at the Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Christopher, who wants to one day be a train driver, said: "I’m so happy I got to be on it. I have lots of favourite engines and this is one of them." 


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Albert Harris, 78, from Dereham, said: "I can remember steam trains in regular service. This station was very busy then, you could go to King’s Lynn, through Fakenham and onto Wells. This brought back memories."

Kate and Robert Purdy, Lois and Garry Prismall, and Christopher and Julie Buck in period costume by

Kate and Robert Purdy, Lois and Garry Prismall, and Christopher and Julie Buck in period costume by the Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Lois and Garry Prismall, from Buxton, and their friends dressed in period costume for the outing. 

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Mrs Prismall said: "We do a lot of 1940s re-enactments anyway, so we decided if we're going to go on the Flying Scotsman we might as well dress up. We really enjoyed it, especially the tea and cake."

Steph Garthwaite, deputy general manager, George Saville, general manager,from Mid Norfolk Railway S

Steph Garthwaite, deputy general manager, and George Saville, general manager of Mid Norfolk Railway Station with press officer Peter Singlehurst by the Flying Scotsman. - Credit: Danielle Booden

  

Railway spokesman Peter Singlehurst said he was thrilled with how the loco's visit was going so far. 

"It's been brilliant," he said. "This is the culmination of several years' work."

Mr Singlehurst the only concern was for people's safety, as some people got so enthusiastic about the locomotive they put themselves in danger trying to get a good photo.

Andrew Lamport onboard the Flying Scotsman as it pulls into Mid Norfolk Railway Station at Dereham.

Andrew Lamport aboard the Flying Scotsman as it pulls into Mid Norfolk Railway Station at Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

 

Flying Scotsman will be in Norfolk until October 16, and as well as rail journeys there will be several static display days where visitors can take a guided tour.

The Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Passengers on board the Flying Scotsman as it pulls into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Pic

Passengers on board the Flying Scotsman as it pulls into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Passengers on board the Flying Scotsman as it pulls into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Pic

Passengers on board the Flying Scotsman as it pulls into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Passengers on board the Flying Scotsman as it pulls into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Pic

Passengers on board the Flying Scotsman as it pulls into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Passengers on board the Flying Scotsman as it pulls into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Pic

Passengers on board the Flying Scotsman as it pulls into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The Flying Scotsman pulling into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Flying Scotsman pulling into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The Flying Scotsman pulling into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Flying Scotsman pulling into Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The Flying Scotsman departing from Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Flying Scotsman departing from Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Andrew Lamport polishig the Flying Scotsman sign before it departs again from the Mid Norfolk Railwa

Andrew Lamport polishig the Flying Scotsman sign before it departs again from the Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Andrew Lamport onboard the Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Picture: Danie

Andrew Lamport onboard the Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Chris Francis-Beck, driver, and Philip Howard, fireman, onboard the Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk R

Chris Francis-Beck, driver, and Philip Howard, fireman, onboard the Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Crowds gathering to take pictures of the Flying Scotsman at the Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereh

Crowds gathering to take pictures of the Flying Scotsman at the Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Crowds gathering to take photos of the Flying Scotsman at the Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham

Crowds gathering to take photos of the Flying Scotsman at the Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

People taking pictures with the Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Picture:

People taking pictures with the Flying Scotsman at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Andrew Lamport putting a Mid Norfolk Railway sign on the Flying Scotsman. Picture: Danielle Booden

Andrew Lamport putting a Mid Norfolk Railway sign on the Flying Scotsman. - Credit: Danielle Booden


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