The world famous Flying Scotsman will pass through Grantham twice this week following a 10-year multi-million pound restoration.
A spring had to be replaced by Ian Riley & Son Engineering after it broke on Monday, February 22, but following a test run to Scarborough today, the Flying Scotsman is ready for its journey south.
The first opportunity to see the locomotive is tomorrow, Wednesday February 24, as it makes its way from the National Railway Museum in York to Wembley, ahead of its official inaugural journey from King’s Cross to York on Thursday.
Departing the York museum tomorrow, Wednesday, at 9.43am, the train will pass the Claypole Loop at 12.53pm, pass Grantham at 1.02pm, stop at the Highdyke Junction from 1.10pm until 1.24pm, pass the stoke junction at 1.29pm, reach the Tallington Junction at 1.46pm before stopping in Peterborough on Platform 1 at 2.01pm.
It will then set of from Peterborough at 2.03pm, stopping at the Connington Loop between 2.15pm and 2.43pm before passing Huntingdon at 2.54pm.
The rest of the timetable into London then looks like this: Sandy (pass) 3.09pm, Hitchin (pass) 3.21pm, Stevenage (pass) 3.26pm, Welwyn Garden City (pass) 3.38pm, Potters Bar (pass) 3.46pm. It before arrive at Wembley Eur Frt Ops Centre at 4.41pm.
On Thursday, February 25, the outward journey from London King’s Cross leaves at 7:40am, arriving at York at approximately 12:30pm, meaning the famous engine should be in Peterborough at around 9.34am and Grantham at around 10.25am.
It will pass through again on June 18 on its way back to London, after making its way from King’s Cross, through Peterborough, then Spalding, Sleaford, Lincoln, Gainsborough and Grantham, before returning along the East Coast main line.
For full details on where and when to see The Flying Scotsman go to www.nrm.org.uk