Steam dream: Flying Scotsman to pass through Castleford

The Flying Scotsman will be passing through Castleford later today.

The Flying Scotsman will be passing through Castleford later today.

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Iconic locomotive the Flying Scotsman will pass through Castleford today - to the delight of trainspotters.

The famous engine is hauling a heritage excursion train from Castleton to York via Settle, Skipton, Keighley, Leeds and Castleford - a journey which includes a crossing of the dramatic Ribblehead Viaduct.

It will arrive at Whitehall Junction from Kirkstall Forge, to the south of the station, at 4.17pm and is expected to wait for seven minutes before moving to Engine Shed Junction, where it will sit until 4.58pm.

It will then pass through Hunslet, Stourton, Woodlesford, Methley and Castleford at 5.16pm, on its final leg to York’s National Railway Museum.

The locomotive has been chartered by West Coast Railways, a heritage travel company, for the ticketed trip.

The LNER Class A3 engine was built in Doncaster in 1923 to work the London-Edinburgh route, and it became the first steam locomotive to clock 100mph during a record run in 1934. After being retired in 1963, it has been restored and is now owned by the National Railway Museum.