Published on : Saturday, May 14, 2016
Network Rail has today confirmed that Flying Scotsman will no longer be able to undertake this weekend’s tours of the Borders and Fife.A Network Rail spokesman said: “The routes the Scotsman had planned to cover this weekend are new ones for the locomotive and have to be individually assessed by our engineers in advance.
“Unfortunately we have been unable to carry out the work in time and cannot allow the engine to run when we are unsure if the unique design of the Flying Scotsman is compatible with the current railway infrastructure across the Fife and Borders routes.
“We understand the disappointment this will cause all those who had been looking forward to the iconic engine returning to these parts of Scotland and a full investigation will be undertaken into why these issues were not identified sooner.”
A spokeswoman for the National Railway Museum, the engine’s owners, said: “We are sorry to hear that our locomotive Flying Scotsman will be unable to haul the 15 May Steam Dreams The Borders Scotsman and Fife Evening Circular tours, due to an administrative issue.
“We can confirm there is nothing mechanically wrong with the engine which makes its triumphant return to Scotland post-restoration on Saturday 14 May with the York-Edinburgh leg of the Cathedral’s Express service.”We share the disappointment of the people of Scotland who were hoping to catch a glimpse of Flying Scotsman on its travels through Fife and the Borders.”