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Strathspey steam trains to run from 1pm


By Tom Ramage

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The latest statement from the Strathspey Steam Railway Company has announced that trains will run from 1pm this afternoon, following the delays caused by last night's Flying Scotsman collision.

This afternoon: engineers wait to clear the Royal Scotsman carriages away to leave room for today's replacements
This afternoon: engineers wait to clear the Royal Scotsman carriages away to leave room for today's replacements

A spokesman confirmed that the world's most famous loco has been removed to the company's sheds and permanently withdrawn from service for inspection by its owner's own engineers.

After a thorough check-over it will be removed for further public duties elsewhere.

For SSR it means that an otherwise highly successful trip to the strath for the former record-breaking locomotive ends two days earlier than scheduled.

The magnificent machine was here to celebrate its 100th birthday
The magnificent machine was here to celebrate its 100th birthday

Hundreds of passengers, both local and visiting, have enjoyed 'riding with the record-breaker' since its arrival a fortnight ago.

The strath's own steam locos will take over the weekend's runs, although the spokesman stressed a further update will be required to confirm just what Sunday's programme will be.

With the loco removed the carriages are to be inspected yet so there may well be further delays today but hopefully passengers will be travelling again this afternoon without further dramas.

Last night: following the 'rough shunt' after 7pm
Last night: following the 'rough shunt' after 7pm

The company confirmed that the two passengers removed to hospital last night for treatment have since been discharged.


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