The tickets to travel on trains hauled by the world famous steam engine the Flying Scotsman during its visit to the Mid-Norfolk Railway in October nearly sold out in three days.
Photo credit: Ian McDonald
A small number of additional tickets have now however become available and are now for sale via the railway’s website. James Oakley the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Commercial Manager explained the situation when he said: “The railway in addition to selling tickets direct to the public also made availability some blocks of tickets to some of our commercial partners, who sold these on as part of package deals. It is these unsold returns that we have now got back and have been made available via the website.”
The iconic steam locomotive will be hauling eight coach trains at the railway on the 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, and 16th October, with trains leaving Dereham station at 10am, 12noon, 2pm, and 4pm. There will also be a departure at 6.30 pm on the 2nd, 9th, and 16th October.
Flying Scotsman hauled trains will travel from Dereham to Brick Kiln Junction just north of Kimberley Park station before returning to Dereham. This is due to operational reasons, principally the track configuration at Wymondham that does not support eight coach trains.
Charlie Robinson the Chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway said: “This is an incredibly important event for the Railway, as it will be the first time the Flying Scotsman will have run on a heritage railway in the region. The tickets having sold so quickly demonstrates the enthusiasm to see this iconic engine in action and to be part of the experience. I can only apologise that we cannot run more trains and therefore offer more tickets.”
He added: “we are grateful to the owners of the Flying Scotsman, the National Railway Museum for this opportunity to showcase this world famous engine here on the Mid-Norfolk Railway.”
On the static days there will be a chance to buy, on the day an extra ticket that will give them a guided tour of the Flying Scotsman.
Platform tickets will also be be available nearer the date of the visit for those wishing to get close to the engine.
On the 4, 5, 11 and 12 October, the Flying Scotsman will be available for schools to book a visit learn about the history of engine. Booking details will be advertised in the near future.
Platform tickets and static display tour tickets when available will be sold via the railways website at www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk/flyingscotsman