Flying visit attracts hundreds

PEOPLE gathered on platforms, embankments and bridges to witness the passing of classic train the Flying Scotsman.

Many were taken aback at how fast the locomotive flew past Mossley Station on Monday, August 23 as it made its way through the area.

Flying Scotsman by Malcolm Doyle

Those who turned up to see it were treated to a long blast of its whistle.

The Flying Scotsman passed through Stalybridge and Ashton stations at a more sedate pace but just getting to see it was enough.

Captured by Alan Bishop

Having started a London to Edinburgh service in 1862, the train did not actually gain its iconic name until 1924.

The Flying Scotsman made its way through Saddleworth before heading into Tameside as it travelled to nearby Bury, where it operated on the East Lancashire Railway for five days.

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