The Flying Scotsman in Greater Manchester


Rail enthusiasts turn out in droves to see Flying Scotsman in Greater Manchester

The world famous locomotive passed through Denton and Reddish South Stations on Tuesday

 

Eddie GarveyThe Flying Scotsman pulls into Denton Station.
The Flying Scotsman pulls into Denton Station.

Train enthusiasts came out in droves to watch the world famous Flying Scotsman travel through Greater Manchester.

The historic locomotive passed through Denton and Reddish South Station in Stockport on Tuesday afternoon, on its way to Crewe.

Although both stations were initially closed to the public, cordons were lifted at Denton to allow the public on to the platform to get a closer look.

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Enthusiasts even had the opportunity to look around the locomotive’s cab, after it stopped at the station for around 15 minutes, before travelling on to Reddish.

The train later carried on its journey through Cheshire.

Vincent ColeFlying Scotsman comes through Danebank Denton on its way to Reddish
Flying Scotsman comes through Danebank Denton on its way to Reddish

Rail bosses never publicly announce the train’s movements in advance, in a bid to prevent members of the public from walking on to the tracks to take photos.

But rumours began sweeping the train spotting community early on Tuesday that the 93-year-old locomotive was set to pass through the area.

The train is normally housed at the National Railway Museum in York, but is due to take part in a rail tour on Wednesday, which departs from Crewe.

Andy LambertThe Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman

It is rumoured that it will travel back to York along the same route next Tuesday afternoon.

Both Reddish South and Denton train stations are ‘request stops’ – which means passengers usually have to put their arm out to get a train to stop there.

Reddish South normally has just a single, one way passenger service to Ashton-under-Lyne every Friday.

Dave Ashton, from the Friends of Reddish South Station, which is campaigning for a more frequent service at the station, says the locomotive holds great significance for train enthusiasts.

The Flying Scotsman pulls into Denton Station.
The Flying Scotsman pulls into Denton Station.

Dave said: “It’s very significant. It’s the most famous locomotive in the world. It was designed by the renowned Sir Nigel Gresley and it was the first train to be officially recorded doing 100mph.

“Not only that, it was also the first train to travel from London to Edinburgh non-stop. It was absolutely fabulous to see it.”

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