Flying Scotsman cleared for Hampshire run after mechanical snag

THE Flying Scotsman has been given the green light to continue its journey across the country after experiencing mechanical issues.

Friday, 20th May 2016, 12:42 pm
Updated Friday, 20th May 2016, 1:45 pm

The world famous locomotive had engine trouble but is now up and running ready to go full steam ahead on its ‘Cream Tea’ tour.

The trip, which sees the steam train travel across the Hampshire countryside tomorrow, looked in danger but is now back on, much to the delight of it’s organisers.

A spokesman for The Flying Scotsman’s tour operator said: ‘We’re pleased to confirm the mechanical problem with the injectors has been fixed by the engineers looking after the locomotive.’

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‘The train’s engineers are working very hard to make the tours possible and now hopefully the Scotsman will be able to make its eagerly awaited southern tours this weekend.’

After more than 10 years away from the mainline, the Scotsman is set to travel through Hampshire.’

The train is scheduled to leave Salisbury at 3pm before heading on towards Southampton and Eastleigh before arriving back in Salisbury via Romsey at around 5.30pm.

The exact details of the steam engine’s route are being kept a secret after security issues on the train’s previous journey caused Network Rail delays of over eight hours.