THE Flying Scotsman will steam into town to celebrate the renovations at Newton-le-Willows rail station.

On Saturday, September 15 the famous locomotive will call at Platform 2 between 8.30am and 9.15am.

While access on the day will be partially restricted, Platform 1 will be open although people are advised not to overcrowd.

Other viewing points also available are the railway track along Mesnes Park; the curve platforms at Earlestown Station; the route through the Vulcan Village and towards Warrington and railways bridges around Winwick.

Cllr Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “It’s fantastic that the National Rail Museum, who own the Flying Scotsman, have been able to oblige my request for the world famous locomotive to pay a visit to Newton-le-Willows! It’s taken a lot of planning but I am grateful to them and Riley Engineering for their help in putting this together.

“Whilst it’s a shame the station finish date has slipped slightly, it will still be a sight to behold. The NRM at York own many locomotives built at the Vulcan Works.

He added: “2019 marks the 190th anniversary of the Rainhill Trials and 2020 the 190th anniversary of the railway opening and so it’s vital we commemorate and mark these key historic events.

“Newton-le-Willows has a unique rail history and Newton Station is one of the oldest in the world.

“We hope people can bring the family to welcome this famous loco and teach kids about our fantastic railway heritage”

Click here for more details and tickets for the rail tour