The moment the Flying Scotsman hit another train in what has been described by those involved as a low speed crash has been captured on video.
The incident has seen the famous loco taken out of service, missing some of its Scottish excursions planned as part of its centenary year.
It has also placed in doubt the engine’s return to its home at the National Railway Museum in York.
Due back for half term (21 October – 5 November) it is meant to take pride of place on the turntable for the first time since 2016.
These videos, shared on TikTok and X, apparently show the train approaching carriages on the track at Aviemore Railway Station, near Inverness, on Friday.
It was meant to couple with the Royal Scotsman train carriages of the Belmond and Strathspey Railway. Instead it crunches into them.
In one video, shot from on board the carriages, occupants can be heard exclaiming: “Jeez, Jeez, Jeez – brake, brake” before the collision.
The other video shows the driver leaning out of the cab looking towards the carriages as the Flying Scotsman approaches, before a ‘bang’ rings out.
Two people were treated in hospital “as a precaution” and an investigation was launched after the incident.
Yesterday, the National Railway Museum issued a statement which said an investigation was underway: “The museum’s aim is to understand what happened and to determine if there is any damage to Flying Scotsman as its owner.
“We will make further announcements about Flying Scotsman’s operating calendar and future dates, once investigations are complete.”