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Restored Flying Scotsman sets off from London to York

One of the world’s most famous steam locomotives has set off on its inaugural run from London to York after a decade-long, £4.2 million refit.

Crew members in the cab of the Flying Scotsman before its inaugural run from Kings Cross station, London, to York after a decade long, £4.2 million refit.
Crew members in the cab of the Flying Scotsman before its inaugural run from Kings Cross station, London, to York after a decade long, £4.2 million refit. Image by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Thousands of steam enthusiasts are lining tracks and bridges as Flying Scotsman makes the journey up the East Coast Main Line.

The Flying Scotsman before its inaugural run from Kings Cross station, London, to York after a decade long, £4.2 million refit.
The Flying Scotsman before its inaugural run from Kings Cross station, London, to York after a decade long, £4.2 million refit. Image by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Crowds of people who had secured a vantage point on platform one at London King’s Cross were covered in steam as the journey began.

Some 297 VIPs, fundraisers, competition winners and ticket-buying members of the public are onboard for the five-hour trip.

Crew members in the cab of the Flying Scotsman before its inaugural run from Kings Cross station, London, to York after a decade long, £4.2 million refit.
Crew members in the cab of the Flying Scotsman before its inaugural run from Kings Cross station, London, to York after a decade long, £4.2 million refit. Image by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Flying Scotsman has been painted in the traditional early 1960s British Rail green for its first official outing bearing its nameplates after the restoration project.

Built in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in 1923, it soon became the star locomotive of the British railway system, pulling the first train to break the 100mph barrier in 1934.

An aerial view of the Flying Scotsman going over the Digswell Viaduct near Welwyn Garden City on its inaugural run from London to York after a decade long, £4.2 million refit.
An aerial view of the Flying Scotsman going over the Digswell Viaduct near Welwyn Garden City on its inaugural run from London to York after a decade long, £4.2 million refit.

The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York bought the locomotive for £2.3 million in 2004 before work got under way on its restoration in 2006.

Flying Scotsman will be kept at the NRM until March 6 before embarking on a tour around the country.

(Press Association)