The iconic Flying Scotsman, pictured on the Roch Viaduct in Bury (below)……..is there any more glorious sight?
The Flying Scotsman is returning to the tracks for the first time in a decade after undergoing a £4.2million refit.
The famous locomotive is set to steam down the East Lancashire Railway ahead of its first passenger runs at the weekend and steam enthusiasts lined the route in Bury, Greater Manchester, to see the green and black engine’s iconic return.
It has been brought back to life after its retirement in 1963 thanks to the National Railway Museum in York, which bought it for £2.3million in 2004 and began the restoration in 2006.
The Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in 1923 and soon became the star locomotive of the British railway system, pulling the first train to break the 100mph barrier in 1934.
Last year it topped a poll of the world’s best-known trains and locomotives following a worldwide survey by YouGov, where people across four continents were asked to name five trains or engines they had heard of.
Bury-based steam and diesel engineering specialist Riley & Son was appointed in October 2013 to complete the work on the locomotive as well as manage and maintain it during its first two years of operation.
Company co-director Colin Green said he was ’emotional’ to see it moving again. ‘These are the first stages of bringing it back to the main line and, despite being self-confessed men of iron, we’re really quite emotional to see it move under its own steam at last after years of hard work,’ he said.
On Friday 15 January 2016 I am going to Bury Station to see and photograph the Flying Scotsman in all its glory…………….