Photographer captures moment train enthusiasts are told the Flying Scotsman won’t be steaming through March

PUBLISHED: 11:58 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 19 October 2017

Hundreds of train enthusiasts were left disappointed after the world-famous Flying Scotsman broke down on its journey through Fenland to Ely on October 18. Terry Briggs captured the moment rail station workers broke the news to fans at March rail station. Photo: Terry Briggs

Hundreds of train enthusiasts were left disappointed after the world-famous Flying Scotsman broke down on its journey through Fenland to Ely on October 18. Terry Briggs captured the moment rail station workers broke the news to fans at March rail station. Photo: Terry Briggs

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A local photographer captured the moment dozens of rail enthusiasts were told the world-famous Flying Scotsman would not be passing through March yesterday evening (18).

Hundreds of train enthusiasts were left disappointed after the world-famous Flying Scotsman broke down on its journey through Fenland to Ely on October 18. Terry Briggs captured the moment rail station workers broke the news to fans at March rail station. Photo: Terry BriggsHundreds of train enthusiasts were left disappointed after the world-famous Flying Scotsman broke down on its journey through Fenland to Ely on October 18. Terry Briggs captured the moment rail station workers broke the news to fans at March rail station. Photo: Terry Briggs

Fans of the iconic steam locomotive who gathered on the platform at March rail station to watch it pass through on its way to Ely were left disappointed after it broke down in Peterborough because of a fault with the hot axle box on the right-hand driving wheel.

Terry Briggs, of the Friends of March Railway Station group, was at the station armed with his camera - but instead of snapping photos of the Flying Scotsman, he captured the mood when the disappointing news was broken.

He said: “It was a good day despite not seeing the Flying Scotsman.

The Flying Scotsman was due to travel from Ely to Norwich on October 18 but broke down in Peterborough.The Flying Scotsman was due to travel from Ely to Norwich on October 18 but broke down in Peterborough.

“People appreciated the opportunity to get together and have a natter. It was a great atmosphere and although they were disappointed, most seemed to take the cancellation in good heart.”

The Flying Scotsman will stay at Nene Valley Railway in Wansford for maintenance for the next few days.

The locomotive will be able to be seen in the railway’s yard and platform tickets will be available for purchase from the booking office at Wansford.

Hundreds of train enthusiasts were left disappointed after the world-famous Flying Scotsman broke down on its journey through Fenland to Ely on October 18. Terry Briggs captured the moment rail station workers broke the news to fans at March rail station. Photo: Terry BriggsHundreds of train enthusiasts were left disappointed after the world-famous Flying Scotsman broke down on its journey through Fenland to Ely on October 18. Terry Briggs captured the moment rail station workers broke the news to fans at March rail station. Photo: Terry Briggs

Hundreds turned out to welcome the Flying Scotsman to Ely in 1969 - and a similar sized crowd was left disappointed after the steam locomotive broke down.Hundreds turned out to welcome the Flying Scotsman to Ely in 1969 - and a similar sized crowd was left disappointed after the steam locomotive broke down.

Hundreds of train enthusiasts were left disappointed after the world-famous Flying Scotsman broke down on its journey through Fenland to Ely on October 18. Terry Briggs captured the moment rail station workers broke the news to fans at March rail station. Photo: Terry BriggsHundreds of train enthusiasts were left disappointed after the world-famous Flying Scotsman broke down on its journey through Fenland to Ely on October 18. Terry Briggs captured the moment rail station workers broke the news to fans at March rail station. Photo: Terry Briggs

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