Saturday, 21 May 2016

60103 "Flying Scotsman" - "Hampshire Cream Tea", 21st May 2016

1Z82 15:02 Salisbury - Redbridge - Southampton - Eastleigh - Romsey - Salisbury

Unfortunately it was a rainy afternoon. 60103 Flying Scotsman with the return leg, passing Lockerley.

Earlier, on the outward leg, running through Lockerley.

Approaching the arched bridge, some admirers are taking pictures and videos.

Heading onwards towards Dunbridge.

Passing Redbridge a few minutes later. Image by Ian Knight.

On the return leg, at Lockerley.

47580 County of Essex at the rear, providing assistance on the rising gradient.

More of my pictures at One Drive.

Local press coverage - the local press had distributed a departure time from Salisbury one hour before actual, many were lined up in time, but were not enouraged by the rain:
Daily Echo and additional gallery
Salisbury Journal - showing that Salisbury station was rammed
BBC South Today

It was noticeable that some of the normal service trains were running rather slowly, because of incidents of trespass, reportedly including at a foot crossing at Dean - one recorded later at Overton. Some stations, such as Romsey, appear to have been uncomfortably busy, following press previews of the train.