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VIDEO: Lincolnshire man offered trip to America after Virgin ‘photobombs’ Flying Scotsman


By Dan Churcher and Sam Parker


The Flying Scotsman at Little Ponton. Photo: Ian Selby
The Flying Scotsman at Little Ponton. Photo: Ian Selby

A Lincolnshire man appears to have won himself a trip to the States after having his view of The Flying Scotsman obscured by a Virgin train.

Ryan Allen from Spilsby shared on Twitter the moment when the one of the world’s most famous locomotives, out on its inaugural run after a decade long re-fit, disappeared behind a Virgin passenger train from his chosen vantage point today (Thursday, February 25).

At the time of writing, the 16 second clip has been re-tweeted almost 1,000 times.

It caught the attention of Virgin who apologised for the ‘photobomb’ and offered him a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.

The tweet reads: “.@Ryeallen, we feel bad for that photobomb! I hear Atlanta, Georgia has a super busy rail network! Fancy a trip courtesy of @VirginAtlantic?”

Some 297 VIPs, fundraisers, competition winners and members of the public who had paid up to £450 were on board for the day, and hundreds of people who had arrived from 6am to secure a vantage point on platform one at London King’s Cross were covered in steam as the journey began.

Built in Doncaster in 1923, the Flying Scotsman soon became the star locomotive of the British railway system, pulling the first train to break the 100mph barrier in 1934.

It has been painted in the traditional early 1960s British Rail green for its first official outing bearing its nameplates after the restoration project.



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