Rail fans can catch a glimpse of the world-famous Flying Scotsman this weekend!

One of our favourite locomotives will travel through Crewe and Manchester on July 20 and we look forward to seeing lots of fantastic pictures from train enthusiasts.

Have a fantastic time but please keep safe during Flying Scotsman’s summer tour – more safety warnings and increased security by British Transport Police (BTP) have followed a rise in trespass on the tracks.

BTP officers will travel aboard the train and use cameras fitted to the front to film any trespassers.

David Golding, acting route managing director of Network Rail, described risk-taking on the railway as “catastrophic”.

He said: “It is never acceptable to go onto the track for any reason. Flying Scotsman is not the only train running on the railway – other trains will be travelling at speeds of up to 125mph.”

Inspector Becky Warren, BTP, reminded the public of the potential consequences and that trespassers could also put others in danger.

People trespassing on the East Coast Main Line to take pictures of Flying Scotsman

She said: “Our priority is the safety of everyone viewing and travelling on the train, and our officers will be along the route and at stations to ensure everyone can enjoy the event without putting themselves or others in danger.”

Crowds trespass on the East Coast Main Line to see Flying Scotsman

Britain’s Railway By-laws

Read our advice for enjoying Flying Scotsman safely

On the platform

Act safely and sensibly at all times. Stay clear of the platform edge and stay behind the yellow lines where they are provided. Be aware of your surroundings.

Do not:

  • trespass on to the tracks or any other part of the railway that is not available to passengers
  • climb on any structure or interfere with platform equipment
  • obstruct any signalling equipment or signs which are vital to the safe running of the railway
  • wear anything similar in colour to safety clothing, such as high-visibility jackets, as this could cause confusion to drivers and other railway employees
  • gather together in groups at busy areas of the platform (e.g. customer information points, departure screens, waiting areas, seating etc.) or where this may interfere with the duties of station staff or passengers boarding trains or moving around the station.

Please try to avoid peak hours: Monday to Friday 6:00 – 10:30 and 15:30 – 19:30.

Photography and film at stations

You can take photographs at stations provided you do not sell them. For any commercial photography, prior permission must be sought.

If you are filming for quite a while or might be using bulky equipment you should let our station staff know so that the reasons for your filming are clear.


  • You are not allowed to take photographs of security related equipment, such as CCTV cameras.
  • Flash photography is not allowed at any time. It can distract train drivers and train despatch staff and so is potentially very dangerous.
  • Tripods should be avoided where possible. If you need to use a tripod you must speak to our station staff to ensure you are in a safe area.
  • Please respect the fact that some people may not want to be photographed.


Train companies must put the safety of their passengers and staff first.

You may occasionally be asked by station staff to move to another part of the station or to leave the station altogether. Station staff should be happy to explain why this is necessary.

If you are travelling by train, they may ask you to remain in the normal waiting areas with other passengers. If this occurs, please follow their instructions with goodwill as staff have many things to consider, including the safety and security of all passengers, and are authorised to use judgement in this regard.

Report anything suspicious at the station

If you see anything suspicious or notice any unusual behaviour or activities, please tell a member of staff immediately. Your presence at a station can be very helpful to us as extra “eyes and ears” and can have a positive security benefit.