A PLANNED visit to Warrington by the world’s most famous steam locomotive – The Flying Scotsman – this Saturday, has been cancelled.
The East Lancashire Railway, who planned the trip to raise money for the purchase of another famous steam engine, The City of Wells, have been forced to cancel the trip because of emergency track repairs.
The train would have passed through Warrington carrying railway enthusiasts to the North Wales coast.
The trip has not, as yet, been re-scheduled.
The Flying Scotsman, a Pacific class loco, was built in 1923 and was in regular service until 1963, when it was “retired” after travelling 2.08 million miles.
It was the first steam loco to travel at 100mph and holds the record for the longest journey by a steam loco – 422 miles in 1989, while in Australia.
Now owned by the National Railway Museum, the locomotive is now used on special occasions for the benefit of railway enthusiasts.