HUNDREDS of people lined Hampshire’s railways to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most iconic and recognisable steam engines.

The Flying Scotsman chugged through the county yesterday as part of its Countryside Tour.

Enthusiasts came out in force, with many cramming on to Romsey railway station’s platforms as it steamed through.

Over the course of the day, the famous locomotive travelled on a two-hour round trip having left Salisbury about 9am.

Going through Romsey, the train also passed through Southampton Docks before heading north, following the River Itchen to Eastleigh.

The train did not stop during its trip and organisers kept the exact timings secret to deter trespassers.

As reported, a safety warning was issued by rail chiefs to those wishing to catch a glimpse of the machine.

Network Rail, the British Transport Police and other industry partners warned of the dangers of straying onto the tracks.

It is the second year in a row that the locomotive, built in Doncaster in 1923, has passed through the county.

For those who were unable to see the Scotsman, fear not, it will be making another appearance this weekend, June 3, as part of the Hampshire Hills Evening Tour.

On this occasion the train will depart from London Victoria at 5pm, before passing through Salisbury and the suburbs of Southampton. It will then travel north to Winchester, pass through the edge of the South Downs and by Basingstoke as it heads back towards the capital.