Fans of the iconic Flying Scotsman are being urged not to put their safety at risk to catch a sight of the train when it steams through the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area today (Tuesday, May 23rd).
British Transport Police, along with Network Rail, are reminding those who are planning to see the famous steam engine not to put themselves in danger by trespassing on the tracks or getting too close.
Rail enthusiasts are expected to be at stations along the route between Bristol and Bishops Lydeard to see the steam engine in all its glory on Tuesday. While it won’t be stopping at Highbridge Railway Station, it will be seen steaming through.
No times have been given out online by the train’s operator to try and reduce the number of spectators following serious safety concerns in Gloucestershire last week when several people watched the train too close.
According to an unofficial timetable on the uksteam.info website, the trip will depart from Bristol Temple Meads at 4.30pm. After a brief stop at Yatton DL it will travel through Highbridge Railway Station at around 5.15pm, arriving in Bridgwater at 5.24pm.
The operator has said the exact timings will “not be made available online”, explaining that “in order to avoid overcrowding and incidents of trespass we have been advised not to publish recommended viewing points or the timetable of when the train will be passing through specific locations.”
A police spokesman said: “Our priority is the safety of everyone viewing and travelling on the train and our officers will be along the route and at stations to ensure everyone can enjoy the event without putting themselves or others in danger.”
“It is vital that spectators do not venture onto the railway as a full timetable of regular services will also be running – these can travel at 125mph.”
“A few things to bear in mind if you are planning to go and see the Flying Scotsman; please use safe vantage points to view and take pictures of the train, stay clear of the line and do not to risk your safety and that of others by trespassing on the tracks. Please respect local landowners by obtaining permission before going onto any private land.”
It went on to say that it would also not be giving out “any timetable or route details” through its booking office.
Police have added that anyone found trespassing on the railway will be dealt with according to the law. They can be brought before the courts, get a criminal record and a fine of up to £1,000.