Flying Scotsman: Where to see the iconic locomotive near London this weekend

The Flying Scotsman is set to make a return trip from London to Chester this weekend - here’s where to see the train near London
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The Flying Scotsman is set to make a scenic trip from London Euston to Chester this weekend on Saturday, June 10. The iconic locomotive that is celebrating its centenary year will follow the route of the famous Royal Scot along the West Coast Mainline to Crewe before travelling on towards Chester.

The Cheshireman journey will leave London Euston in the morning as it travels through Camden Bank to Watford Tunnel. The Flying Sctosman will pick up passengers at Milton Keynes before travelling to Hanslope Junction.

A further stop will be made at Rugby before travelling up the Trent Valley Line to Nuneaton, which is the train’s final stop before heading towards Chester. The iconic locomotive will pass through Lichfield and Rugeley.

Tickets are still available to purchase via the Railway Touring Company website despite the page saying the event is fully booked.

The Railway Touring Company and the National Railway Museum appreciate there is considerable interest in Flying Scotsman, but stress that anyone wishing to see Flying Scotsman on route should do so from a safe and permitted place - trespassing along rail lines or into prohibited areas of railway stations is dangerous.

It is vital that spectators do not venture onto the railway when Flying Scotsman is on the mainline as a full timetable of regular services will also be running.  For safety, keep away from the railway line. To avoid overcrowding and incidents of trespass and to assist the British Transport Police and Network Rail, The Railway Touring Company and the National Railway Museum will not publish details of Flying Scotsman’s route or journey times – this includes positioning moves.

A Network Rail spokesperson said:“Seeing Flying Scotsman is an exciting event for many people and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the occasion, so we can’t stress enough how important it is to keep safe at the same time.

“It’s vital that you watch from a safe distance and don’t go on or near the tracks. Trespassing on the railway is incredibly dangerous and can have devastating consequences, as well as being illegal. You could face a fine of up to £1,000 and be left with a criminal record.

“Please remember to watch from a distance and behave responsibly so that everyone is able to safely enjoy the sight of the historic locomotive.”

Where can I see the Flying Scotsman near London

The Flying Scotsman will leave London Euston in the morning of June 10. The locomotive will be making a return journey later in the day so there are a couple of times to try and catch a view of the train. The full timings and what stations the train will pass through can be found on Realtime Trains.

Here’s the route for the Flying Scotsman on June 10:

  • London Euston - Departs 6.48am
  • Watford Junction - 7.13am - Departs at 7.16am
  • Milton Keynes - 7.54am - Departs at 7.57am
  • Northampton - 8.17am - Departs at 8.20am
  • Rugby - 8.44am - Departs at 9.10am
  • Nuneaton 9.39am - Departs at 9.42am
  • Chester - 11.58am
The Flying Scotsman will be travelling from London to Chester - here’s where to see the iconic locamotiveThe Flying Scotsman will be travelling from London to Chester - here’s where to see the iconic locamotive
The Flying Scotsman will be travelling from London to Chester - here’s where to see the iconic locamotive

Return journey

The full timings and what stations the train will pass through can be found on Realtime Trains. The Flying Scotsman return journey from Chester to London is as follows:

  • Chester - Departs 3.40pm
  • Nuneaton - 5.58pm - Departs at 6.02pm
  • Rugby - 6.54pm - Departs at 6.57pm
  • Northampton - 7.23pm - Departs at 7.26pm
  • Milton Keynes - 7.47pm - Departs at 7.50pm
  • Watford Junction - 7.51pm - Departs at 7.53pm
  • London Euston - 9.15pm