Steam locomotive fans urged to stay off the tracks ahead of the Flying Scotsman’s trip to Ely this week

PUBLISHED: 16:51 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:59 16 October 2017

The Flying Scotsman heads through Ely this week, and enthusiasts are being warned to stay off the tracks by rail chiefs.

The Flying Scotsman heads through Ely this week, and enthusiasts are being warned to stay off the tracks by rail chiefs.

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Fans of the famous Flying Scotsman steam locomotive are being urged to keep off the tracks when the engine travels through Ely this week.

The Flying Scotsman is touring Britain this year, including a trip from Ely to Norwich on Wednesday (18) and from Norwich to London on Saturday (21).

Those wishing to take photos are advised to go to Norwich station, where they can do so safely.

Spectators should stay in the safe areas on the platforms, behind the yellow line and avoid using selfie sticks owing to the presence of overhead electricity cables.

Enthusiasts are also reminded that flying drones within 50 metres of the railway is illegal and could result in action being taken by British Transport Police. Anyone wishing to use a drone must remember to adhere to guidance set out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Meliha Duymaz, Newtork Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “Flying Scotsman will not be the only train running on the main line this week – a full service will be in operation with trains travelling at speeds of up to 100mph, so it is vital that rail fans stay in safe areas and don’t trespass on the line and put themselves and others at serious risk.”

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