Rail spotters and commuters alike were able to see the Flying Scotsman pass through Hemel Hempstead this evening.
Today (May 18) the Flying Scotsman, also known as the most famous locomotive in the world passed through the town, brightening up people’s day.
It passed through tracks at Hemel as it is running from Carnforth in Lancashire all the way down to London.
The Flying Scotsman was built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway for journeys between Edinburgh and London – the capitals of Scotland and England – via the East Coast Main Line.
From 1969 to 1973, it toured extensively internationally, visiting the United States, Canada and Australia.
In 1989, it successfully won the world record for a non-stop run on a steam locomotive, where it made a 442 mile trip.
The locomotive was retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2,076,000 miles.