VIDEO: The Flying Scotsman returns to Grantham, Stamford and Peterborough this week

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The world famous steam locomotive The Flying Scotsman makes a welcome return to our region this week and will be passing Peterborough, Stamford and Grantham.

On Thursday, May 19, a journey from London King’s Cross to York has been arranged, with the famous Flying Scotsman pulling the return leg from York, where the engine is kept at the National Railway Museum, to London.

Thousands of steam enthusiasts celebrate the Flying Scotsman.  Picture: Neil Hanna

Thousands of steam enthusiasts celebrate the Flying Scotsman. Picture: Neil Hanna

Built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of H.N. Gresley, it was employed on long-distance express trains on the LNER and its successors, British Railways Eastern and North-Eastern Regions, notably on the London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman train service after which it was named.

The locomotive set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30 November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8 August 1989 while in Australia.

When the engine came to our region in February following a 10 year restoration project it was stopped by tresspassers on the lines at St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

Because of this incident and others since, exact timings for the Scotsman’s journey are not being publicised. However, the locomotive will depart York at 4.35pm on Thursday, arriving at London King’s Cross at around 9.23pm.

The famous train should therefore be heading down through Grantham towards Peterborough between 7pm and 8pm roughly.

At the weekend hundreds of people welcomed the Flying Scotsman back to Scotland and Peter Keith Films captured this amazing Drone footage of it passing over the Forth Rail Bridge.