The man had taken photos of the Tornado steam engine and was selling them in a local shop, police said. This is not permitted unless one has permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to operate as a commercial drone flyer.
Wendy Welsh, head of air operations at Network Rail, added in a statement: #8220;Only our team of highly trained authorised pilots and specialist-approved contractors are permitted to fly drones near the railway. It#8217;s just too dangerous for anyone else to fly a drone near the railway and you could face a penalty of up to £2,500.#8221; ®
His actions were said to be in breach of the Air Navigation Order 2016, which is the law on how UK airspace may be used.
Tornado is unique because it is the only British steam engine ever to have been built in the 21st century, following decades of public fundraising.
The force said in a statement that the 28-year-old man from Kirby Cross, who it declined to name, #8220;was dealt with by means of an agreement contract with Essex Police and given a community resolution#8221;.