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WATCH: World-famous train gets set to arrive in Cornwall

WATCH: World-famous train gets set to arrive in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:44am 4th September 2018. (Updated at 1:52pm 4th September 2018)

One of the world's most famous steam trains gets set to arrive in Cornwall... for the first time ever.

The Flying Scotsman will be making its way from Plymouth to Penzance in a month's time.

Officials have revealed there will also be an extra leg to Par due to high demand.

It will also be double-headed with an engine from the same design shed, B1 Mayflower, for the first time since 1976.

The Flying Scotsman's historic Devon and Cornwall tour will take place from the 4th to 8th October.

The train will travel in to Devon, departing from Taunton to Plymouth at 4.30pm, taking in the dramatic water-front stretch along the Exe Estuary, past Dawlish Warren, Dawlish, Teignmouth and the shores of the Teign Estuary, before passing through Newton Abbot, skirting the Southern edge of Dartmoor, and heading to Plymouth.

She then travels from Plymouth to Penzance on a sold-out trip, before returning to Plymouth for the additional trip to Par on Saturday 6th October, leaving Plymouth at approximately 5pm.

Crossing the famous Brunel-designed Tamar Bridge at Saltash, the trip is timed to allow dining passengers to have dinner on the train; passengers in Pullman Style Dining and Premier Dining will be served champagne and canap├ęs followed by an evening meal.

On Monday 8th October the Flying Scotsman and Mayflower will journey north from Plymouth to Exeter (departing at 9am, taking in the dramatic estuary and coastline leg, before boarding new passengers at Exeter (3.30pm) on the final phase of the West Country tour, taking passengers from Exeter to Bristol, who return diesel hauled.

Throughout the trip the locomotives will be tested on the switchback gradients.

As the line climbs through Devon and Cornwall, passengers will enjoy the thrill of hearing the world's most famous locomotive working hard alongside Mayflower.

"It really should be the most fantastic celebration of an icon of British engineering.

"Wherever the locomotive has been, the crowds have come out in amazing numbers.

"It goes without saying that in planning these trips we will be working with the British Transport Police and station staff to ensure that while we really want people to see the loco, we want them to do so safely and lawfully."

Steam Dreams Founder Marcus Robertson

"In the past two years, Flying Scotsman has been seen by thousands of people as we embarked on a national tour of heritage railways and scenic main line routes across the UK, but the locomotive has not visited Devon or Cornwall since being restored - until now.

"This will be an exciting experience for everyone and even in the days of steam, a visiting London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) locomotive such as Flying Scotsman would have been a rare sight, so I'm sure this special locomotive will receive a warm welcome."

Jim Lowe, head of operations at the National Railway Museum

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