Spectacular scenes as the Flying Scotsman comes to Melton

Michael Seddon took this picture of the Flying Scotsman approaching Melton Station EMN-170307-121604001
Michael Seddon took this picture of the Flying Scotsman approaching Melton Station EMN-170307-121604001

Hundreds of people turned out to see the majestic Flying Scotsman powering into Melton Railway Station on Saturday morning.

Onlookers watched from the platforms and on Burton Bridge as the iconic steam train arrived shortly after 10.30am.

Nick Farrow's photo of his grandson excitedly watching the Flying Scotsman passing through Frisby EMN-170307-121617001

Nick Farrow's photo of his grandson excitedly watching the Flying Scotsman passing through Frisby EMN-170307-121617001

Paul Davies, who photographed the train as it made its way near Wyfordby, said: “I’ve seen the Flying Scotsman a few times over the years.

“It’s quite simply a crowd pleaser and it’s an icon of British engineering, even though little of the original is left.

“As it passed by me, it looked magnificent.”

For Brian Slinger, the sight of the steam train passing the bottom of Sawgate Lane near Stapleford brought back happy memories.

Reader Paul Davies captured this shot of the Flying Scotsman on Saturday near Wyfordby EMN-170307-121629001

Reader Paul Davies captured this shot of the Flying Scotsman on Saturday near Wyfordby EMN-170307-121629001

He said: “As a child growing up when steam trains were the norm,it took me back to the days when I stood on other bridges, drinking in the smells and sounds of steam locomotives.

“To see such an iconic train so close, and passing quite slowly was a real thrill.

“It gave me another opportunity to appreciate the colours and craftsmanship of how it has been restored to his former glory.”

Paul, Brian and other readers have been sending us their spectacular photographs as the steam train made its way through the borough.

The Flying Scotsman from Sawgate Lane, Stapleford, as photographed by Brian Slinger EMN-170307-121548001

The Flying Scotsman from Sawgate Lane, Stapleford, as photographed by Brian Slinger EMN-170307-121548001

Here is a selection of some of those images as the train came to Melton from London King’s Cross en route to York.

The train has been restored at a cost of £4.2 million in recent years after first taking to the tracks in 1923.

The Flying Scotsman at Melton Station on Saturday. Photo by Steve Akhurst EMN-170307-121639001

The Flying Scotsman at Melton Station on Saturday. Photo by Steve Akhurst EMN-170307-121639001

Steven Smith's photo of the Flying Scotsman at Melton Station EMN-170307-121650001

Steven Smith's photo of the Flying Scotsman at Melton Station EMN-170307-121650001

Deborah Mason captured this shot of the Flying Scotsman leaving Melton Station on Monday morning EMN-170307-160907001

Deborah Mason captured this shot of the Flying Scotsman leaving Melton Station on Monday morning EMN-170307-160907001