Train drivers have hit out at trainspotters who stood dangerously close to the tracks as they tried to get a photograph of the Flying Scotsman earlier this week.
One said it was the “most stressful experience” of his decade-long career as a driver, and the railway enthusiasts were blamed for delays on one of Britain’s busiest train lines.
The popular steam train was travelling from York to London, and hundreds flocked to see it on its route. While most congregated safely at train stations, others appeared to trespass on the tracks.
The engine is one of the most famous in the world. It was designed by engineer Sir Nigel Gresley and built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). It was one of the most powerful steam locomotives of its time.
Photographs show trainspotters perilously close to approaching trains, and drivers allege that eight were forced to stop on the East Coast Main Line, causing a backlog of delays.
CrossCountry trains apologised to passengers over “multiple incidents of trespassers” causing delays.
One train driver said: “Driving the train ahead of Flying Scotsman was probably the most stressful experience I have ever had to endure in nearly 10 years on the railway and not one I wish to repeat any time soon.