When a locomotive as famous as the Flying Scotsman comes to pay a visit in the local area, it would be rude to not brave the rain and come out and see it. This was certainly the attitude of what seemed to be the entire population of Romsey as hundreds of people turned out on the small station’s platforms to see The Cathedrals Express run through on the Hampshire Cream Teas special during the afternoon of a trip from Paddington to Salisbury.
The trip was basically a turning exercise, as Scotsman ran the Romsey, Southampton, Eastleigh loop before heading back to Salisbury to return back to London later in the afternoon. This meant if you found a spot between Salisbury and Romsey you could see the train twice, so that’s exactly what happened. Following catching the train take an unscheduled stop in Romsey, we hi-tailed it to Mottisfont & Dunbridge station to catch the return leg. Annoyingly, the train was 12 minutes early so the second recording was a little impromptu but at least the train wasn’t missed.