Didcot’s LNER double act!

TWO LNER icons took rival Great Western Railway territory by storm over the August bank holiday weekend.

More than 6000 people from across the country decided to forego a trip to the beach on the sunny, summer bank holiday weekend and instead turned up to Didcot Railway Centre to see A3 Pacific
No. 60103 Flying Scotsman and A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa in steam.

LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 Flying Scotsman and A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa at the Didcot Steam Centre. EDWARD DYER

After a private VIP preview day on Friday, August 25, Flying Scotsman hauled public trains on the centre’s main demonstration line over the three days of the bank holiday weekend.

The crowds were also entertained with live music and a Spitfire flypast.

Meanwhile, on the branch line, services were headed by Port Talbot Railway/GWR 0-6-0ST No. 813, on loan from the Severn Valley Railway.

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