The first passengers to board Flying Scotsman during its two-week visit to Norfolk gave their approval to the legendary locomotive.
The 1928-built engine, which once broke land speed records, picked up a slower pace on the Mid Norfolk Railway route from Dereham to Brick Kiln Junction.
After the train returned to town to wrap up its first Saturday morning service, dozens of passengers flocked to the end of the platform, eager for photos in front of the famous green locomotive.
Among them, Gordon Soilleux, of Dereham, was there with his wife, Karen. Mr Soilleux said: “This is a unique opportunity. We had soot on the table when we had the window open, you don’t have that in a modern train.”
Christopher Norris, 10, from Martham, was there with his mother Jenny, sister Louise, seven, and their family.
Christopher, who someday wants to be a train conductor, said: “I’m so happy I got to be on board. I have a lot of favorite locomotives and this is one of them.”
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Albert Harris, 78, of Dereham, said: “I remember regular steam trains. This station was very busy then, you could go to King’s Lynn, via Fakenham and onto Wells. It reminded me of the memories.”
Lois and Garry Prismall, from Buxton, and their costumed friends for the outing.
Mrs Prismall said: “We do a lot of 1940s reenactments anyway, so we decided if we were going to get on the Flying Scotsman we might as well dress up. We really enjoyed it, especially the tea and the cake. “
Railways spokesman Peter Singlehurst said he was delighted with how the locomotive’s visit has gone so far.
âIt was awesome,â he said. âThis is the culmination of several years of work.
Mr Singlehurst, the only concern was people’s safety as some people were so excited about the locomotive that they put themselves in danger trying to get a good photo.
Flying Scotsman will be in Norfolk until October 16, and in addition to train travel, there will be several days of static display where visitors can take a guided tour.