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The Flying Scotsman is back on the tracks

One of the most iconic steam engines of all time is going back on the tracks after a decade long restoration process.

The train retired from public service in 1963 but was restored by engineers Riley and Son Ltd in a £4.2 million project.

York’s National Railway Museum head curator Andrew McLean told the BBC it had been brought back from the dead.

‘From the dead it becomes something living and breathing again,’ he said.

The first test run will be a short trip down the track from Bury to the heritage line’s Bolton Street station.

A special dining event will take place the same day, and the public will be invited to ride the engine on a 16-mile round trip along the ELR.

On 10 February, the Scotsman – newly painted in its traditional green – will travel from London’s King’s Cross to York. In late February, public services will begin.

 

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