We will be bringing you live updates from the Flying Scotsman's first spring tour of the Surrey Hills on Wednesday afternoon.
The famous locomotive set off from London Victoria at 11.12am and will pass through Shephers Bush, Hounslow and Iselworth on its way to Staines, Guildford and Reigate, among others, before turning back for London.
It will enter Surrey at Staines at around 12.30pm and leave again shortly after 2pm after passing through Redhill. It will then head out again later for a repeat evening tour.
On board, guests will be treated to a sumptuous five-course dinner while they take in the beautiful Surrey countryside.
The Flying Scotsman at Shalford
We’ve been up late this evening to catch the Flying Scotsman at Shalford
About 200 people have turned up to watch
Round up article
Here’s a FULL ROUND UP of the incredible day...
Meanwhile our video editor is now on board the Flying Scotsman evening train:
Round up video
What a fantastic afternoon!
Did you know...?
In 1948, rail travel in Britain was nationalised with the formation of British Railways. Flying Scotsman now numbered 60103, was painted blue for a time, then British Rail Green. It remained this colour until 1963, when it was retired.
In just over an hour ticket holders for tonight’s Flying Scotsman Surrey Hills tour will be arriving at London Victoria for dinner on board the iconic train.
The train will head south, through the suburbs of London, past Guildford and will be put through her paces as she makes steep climb to the summit at Abinger Hammer, before descending through the Vale of Holmesdale, at the foot of the ridge of the North Downs. Flying Scotsman will then pass through Dorking and Reigate before heading back to the capital.
Did you know...?
London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) passenger locomotives had always been painted apple green. But during the Second World War, Flying Scotsman was repainted in wartime black, in common with all railway stock. Here are 9 other interesting facts.
PICS: First gallery of shots from Flying Scotsman Surrey tour
Thank-you to everyone who has sent in pictures to us today - we’ve had so many great ones, and our photographers have snapped some corkers too.
Did you know...?
In 1928, Flying Scotsman was given a new type of tender with a corridor, which meant that a new crew could take over without stopping the train. This allowed it to haul the first ever non-stop London to Edinburgh service on May 1, reducing the journey time to eight hours. Here are 9 other interesting facts.
Flying Scotsman in Redhill
Thanks Steve Gillett for your photo of the Flying Scotsman passing through Redhill this afternoon.
Spectators of all ages
Spectators of all ages waited at train stations around Surrey including Redhill to catch a glimpse of the iconic train.
'Not my usual view'
Thanks to Dinesh Thanigasalam for this intriguing shot of the Flying Scotsman as it passed the South West Trains service he was aboard.
“Not my usual view from the Woking to London train,” - quite so!
Moody Scotsman in Guildford
Our photographer Grahame Larter has just pinged us over this moody edit of one of his shots from Guildford railway station earlier.
Apparently he is ‘well chuffed’ with it.
Pics from Box Hill, Dorking, and Reigate station
Thank-you to @MarykFra for this pic sent in from Box Hill near Dorking.
And to @OllieReynolds for this pic taken at Reigate railway station.
It then headed for Reigate and Redhill before leaving Surrey, en route back to London Victoria.
Shalford - live broadcast
Also at Shalford, we broadcast live from the station, which was a lot of fun! You can catch up with our live stream using that link.
Joining the North Downs line, the Flying Scotsman stopped for a well deserved drink at Shalford railway station.
The Scotsman then hooked around to Guildford as it approached the Surrey Hills section of the tour.
Byfleet and New Haw
Before we knew it, the Flying Scotsman was in Surrey, shot here at Byfleet and New Haw railway station.
Richard Edwards then sent us in these videos of the Flying Scotsman on the Surrey border.
Okay, so the Flying Scotsman set off from London Victoria around 11.15am this morning.
RECAP: Stay tuned for a whistlestop tour of Surrey!
Right, now the Flying Scotsman is on its way back to London Victoria - in fact - it’s probably already there, we’re going to run through some of the video highlights from today’s tour. Stay tuned!
The Flying Scotsman Manual
Haynes Publishing, best known for its car manuals, has recently teamed up with National Railway Museum to publish a new manual on maintaining, operating and restoring the 4472.
The Flying Scotsman Manual looks in detail at every aspect of the locomotive’s design and construction, providing a feast of information and insight for readers.
Written by railway and locomotive expert Philip Atkins, he said: “Through working closely with the National Railway Museum on this manual, we’ve been able to access a wealth of fascinating photographs, drawings, diagrams and documents from the archives, from around 1900 to 2016.
“In addition, we’ve also been able to explore and bring to life the museum’s extensive photographic records of the engine since its purchase in 2004, and its 10 year restoration during 2006–2016.”
VIDEO: Flying Scotsman at Reigate railway station
Connie’s just sent in this video of the Flying Scotsman zipping through Reigate railway station a little earlier on the final stages of its Surrey Hills tour.
Hit with the kids
Rebecca Allen took her little boy along to enjoy the Scotsman’s visit.
If you missed the Flying Scotsman this afternoon, don’t panic as there is another opportunity to catch a glimpse of it tonight.
The iconic steam train will be repeating its Surrey Hill journey for guests on board an evening service, departing from London Victoria at 6.30pm.
'Unusual onlookers' in Artington
Our photographer Steve Porter has been out in the Surrey Hills snapping the Flying Scotsman today.
Did you know...?
It was given the name Flying Scotsman after the London to Edinburgh rail service, which started daily in 1862, departing at 10am.
Flying Scotsman pictured at Shalford railway station
Thank-you to Dave Clarke for sending us in these brilliant pics of the Flying Scotsman at Shalford railway station.
Did you know...?
This record-breaking locomotive first came to the general public’s attention at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924.
VIDEO: Explore the Flying Scotsman in a bit more detail
Michael used the Scotsman’s stop at Shalford railway station to take a bit of a closer look at the famous old loco.