The Flying Scotsman passes through North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 19:00 25 May 2017

The Flying Scotsman passing through Wick St Lawrence on Tuesday. Picture: Nathan Aylett

The Flying Scotsman passing through Wick St Lawrence on Tuesday. Picture: Nathan Aylett

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The world's most iconic locomotive passed through North Somerset on Tuesday.

Steam could be seen through Weston, Worle and West Wick this week as the Flying Scotsman brought its tour of the UK to Somerset.

The train was built in 1923 and is one of the most powerful locomotives in history.

It currently holds two world records for steam traction and is the first steam locomotive to officially reach 100mph.

The train retired from regular service in 1963, after covering more than two million miles, but was pulled out of retirement last year for the tour.

The chairman of Steam Dreams – which operates trips on the train through Somerset – Marcus Robertons told the Mercury: “Wherever we have been, Flying Scotsman has in every sense had more pulling power than any other steam loco that we have used, and this was a great opportunity to see it perform on the mainline.”

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