You can see the Flying Scotsman pass through Northamptonshire and Rutland on Saturday 29 June 2019 and a great viewing place is to watch the train steam along the viaduct that crosses the Welland Valley at Harringworth around 10.00am.
The village well used to train enthusiasts is planning FREE parking in a field in the lee of the viaduct off Seaton Road; we are all encouraged not to park on the roadside. Refreshments of Sausage and Bacon Butties, and Hot Drinks will be available to purchase, too. There will be a couple of recommended vantage points and a map available nearer the time for those who wish to view the train higher up the valley – just a short walk. Please keep safe and away from the railway line.
The great news it that you can stay parked up for the day as there are many other activities in the Welland Valley to enjoy once the train has visited. This includes an exhibition in Harringworth’s St John the Baptist Church; Pony Rides by Harringworth Manor Stables, a Family and an Elite Cycle Ride starting at Spokes Cafe on Wakerley Road and ending back in Harringworth at the other main attraction the Harringworth Summer Fete. The Fete’s delicious refreshment include a BBQ, Cakes, Hot Drinks and Pimms – so you can stay for lunch too!
Later in the day why not wander down to spokes cafe for Afternoon Tea or walk over to Barrowden who are holding their Summer Fete in the afternoon. There is a lovely walk following the Jurassic Way along the river Welland or it is 5 minutes in the car to Barrowden.
More about the Flying Scotsman –
The train hauled by Flying Scotsman stops at Kettering and then will pass through Corby Station before climbing to the famous Harringworth Viaduct, the longest masonry viaduct in Britain around 10.00am. From the end of the viaduct there is a long, stiff climb up to Wing Tunnel and then it is downhill to Manton Junction, and through Rutland’s county town of Oakham and stopping again at Melton Mowbray before heading on to York. See the link below for more details.
More about the Welland Valley – The Harringworth Viaduct, also known as the Welland Viaduct and Seaton Viaduct, is a railway viaduct crossing the River Welland between Harringworth, in Northamptonshire, and Seaton, in Rutland. At 1,275 yards (1.166 km) long and with 82 arches, each of which has a 40 feet (12 metre) span, it is the longest masonry viaduct in the United Kingdom. You can find out more here