wo individuals have been taken to hospital after a crash involving the Flying Scotsman on Friday night.
Reviews mentioned that the prepare was concerned in a “gradual velocity” crash with one other heritage prepare hours earlier than guests have been resulting from board it.
The crash occurred at Aviemore Railway Station, within the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, at 7.10pm on Friday.
The station is dwelling to Strathspey Railway, a heritage line which takes guests on steam trains in northern Scotland.
Two individuals have been taken to hospital as a precaution however their accidents weren’t believed to be critical, police mentioned.
A spokesman for the Nationwide Railway Museum mentioned: “We are able to verify that steam locomotive Flying Scotsman has been concerned in a shunting incident at Aviemore Station.
“We are going to present additional data as soon as extra particulars are identified.”
Ariane Burgess, Scottish Greens MSP for Highlands and Islands (Area), mentioned: “We’re nonetheless ready on additional details about what precisely has occurred to trigger this, however I perceive individuals have been injured and my ideas are with them.
“We’re indebted to the emergency providers and rail and prepare crews who’ve been working to assist and deal with the casualties and others on the scene, and hospital groups coping with them. They’ve our heartfelt thanks.
“I’m in search of additional data on what has occurred and might be following particulars carefully.”
Scottish Greens transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP mentioned: “It’s too early to know what has triggered this incident, however clearly a full investigation must happen.
“From reviews it seems this has been on the heritage monitor, the Strathspey Railway line, involving the Flying Scotsman and that close by providers on the primary line have been briefly impacted to permit emergency efforts to proceed.
“We’re considering of all these concerned at this difficult time and thank all those that have taken half within the emergency response.”
A spokesman for SFRS mentioned: “We have been alerted at 7.10pm on Friday to reviews of a collision involving two trains at Aviemore Railway Station.
“We despatched eight home equipment to the scene, the place firefighters labored to help companions.
“Three home equipment stay on the scene.
“Two casualties have been transported to Raigmore Hospital.
“Three casualties have been handled on the scene however didn’t require to be taken to hospital.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson mentioned: “Round 7pm on Friday September 29, we acquired a report of two trains colliding at low velocity at Aviemore Railway Station.
“As a precaution, two individuals – a person and a girl – have been taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by the Scottish Ambulance Service for therapy. Their accidents aren’t believed to be critical.
“Quite a lot of different passengers have been assessed by the ambulance service on the scene and didn’t require hospital therapy.
“Inquiries are ongoing to ascertain the total circumstances.”
Flying Scotsman was scheduled to be operating journeys this weekend, with the road anticipated to be particularly busy.
A spokesman for Network Rail mentioned: “It’s on a heritage railway line, it’s not our infrastructure.
“The principle line is shut whereas emergency providers reply.
“We’re saying to passengers to test earlier than travelling.”
A press release from the Belmond and Strathspey Railway mentioned: “We are able to verify that on Friday September 29 at 1815, a shunting incident occurred when the Flying Scotsman locomotive was being coupled with Belmond’s Royal Scotsman prepare carriages, which have been stationary on heritage railway line, Strathspey Railway.
“Flying Scotsman was visiting the railway as a part of a deliberate tour.
“Emergency services attended the location to offer help. Two individuals attended hospital and have been later launched, with others being handled on the scene.
“Acceptable authorities have been notified instantly, and we’re co-operating with their investigations.”
A vacationer booked to journey on the world-famous steam prepare on Sunday noticed the aftermath of the crash.
Lewis Smith travelled up from Glasgow and was stunned to see emergency providers exterior the station.
He mentioned: “We arrived right here fairly late and so we took a stroll into Aviemore to get one thing to eat.
“We handed by the station and noticed the Flying Scotsman and a fireplace engine on the platform.
“We determined to come back again to see what was occurring after getting meals. At round 8.30pm we got here again to the station and received some images of the engine.
“There didn’t appear to be something incorrect other than all alerts on the mainline being set to pink however I didn’t actually take a lot discover.
“Once we received again we received a telephone name from a pal asking if we had seen the accident. We didn’t know something was incorrect till we checked the information.”