Steam locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman sets off smoke alarms at London Victoria

Flying Scotsman to steam through Manchester and York
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The world-famous steam locomotive ‘Flying Scotsman‘ set off the smoke alarms at London Victoria station whilst visiting on a railtour.

The steam and smoke which comes from various points on the locomotive set off the smoke alarms at the Network Rail managed station.

The smoke alarms are normally turned off whenever a steam locomotive makes a visit to the station, but according to South Eastern Railway, they have been turned off too early.

As you may well know, Flying Scotsman is running on the mainline around the UK in 2018. Visit our Flying Scotsman page for full details.

The Gatwick Express, Southern and Southeastern train services were all affected.

What did the officials say?

A spokesperson talking to the BBC said:

the alarm led to “the short evacuation of the station for 15 minutes” from 19:21 to 19:36.

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