And back to Flying Scotsman's effect on railway publicity and public relations A visit to Tweedbank on Sunday during the loco's layover saw (literally) hundreds of people queuing to have a (free) 5 minute session on the platform with visitors being guided to extra car parks by Community Volunteers; police on traffic control; standby ambulance in attendance and a marquee advertising Borders Railways; a forthcoming national Book Fair being held in Melrose and a local brewery selling food and drink by the case-full. Not only a day out for many - including young children and family groups - but a well-taken opportunity to advertise rail and rail travel within the Borders and steam traction to a new generation. Love it or loathe it, Flying Scotsman is THE icon which has the power to appeal to all generations and if harnessed properly could be the source of many such "local" events. As a aside 8 people were arrested for trespassing during Sunday's excursion on the Fife Circle and it will be interesting to see if they are charged and - if so - what penalties will be charged. Methinks that NR underestimates the factors which influence people's response to - and regard for - railways and until they do they will fail to appreciate the factors which will keep railways operational hence provide them with their employment.