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When flying Scotsman returned to steam

a photo of a man standing next to a steam railway locomotive

In the early hours of the morning engineers prepare to light the fire of the giant of British railways, the Flying Scotsman © Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

These photos capture the moment Flying Scotsman returned to steam for the first time in a decade

It was a cold, damp morning in January 2016 when locomotive 447, more commonly known as Flying Scotsman, emerged from its engine shed.

Attended by a small army of engineers, railway enthusiasts and press photographers the locomotive’s boilers were soon firing and steam was pluming from its funnel. Then, after some last minute adjustments, its pistons once again began to move the famous loco along the tracks.

Departing from Bury’s Bolton Street Station in its black undercoat, the legendary Scotsman was embarking on a series of weekend test runs to mark the completion of a painstaking £4.2 million restoration project by specialist engineers at Riley and Son Ltd, appointed by the York-based National Railway Museum who own the engine.

a photo of flying scotsman seen from the front in the early morning

© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

a photo of a man shovelling coal into the boiler on the footplate of a locomotive

© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

a photo of a steam engine with steam coming from its funnel

© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

a photo of a steam loco pulling out of a marshalling yard

© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

photo of an engineer clinging to the side of a vast locomotive by standing on the main wheel arch

© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

The test runs took place along 12 miles of the East Lancashire Railway near to the restoration workshops in Bury.

Scotsman then headed back out onto the tracks with Riley & Son Ltd managing the operation of the locomotive for the first two years.

‘Scotsman on the Tracks’ began with a spell on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (March 12 – 20) before undertaking more than twenty further appearances across the UK over the summer 2016.

a photo of a steam locomotive pulling out of an engine shed

© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

a photo of a locomotive swathed by steam

© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

photo of a steam locomotive steaming across the tracks

© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

photo of a steam locomotive steaming across a bridge

© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

photo of a steam locomotive traveling over bridge over a river

© Paul Kingston / NNP © North News & Pictures Ltd

For full details including timetable and booking details visit http://nrm.org.uk/flyingscotsman/scotsman-season.aspx

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