Pictures: Flying Scotsman returns to the tracks

The Flying Scotsman locomotive under steam at the East Lancashire Railway tracks in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long �4.2m restoration project.

The Flying Scotsman locomotive under steam at the East Lancashire Railway tracks in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long �4.2m restoration project.

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These are the picture which show one of Doncaster’s biggest icons back in action.

It has a been a long wait - but the Flying Scotsman is back on the move.

The Flying Scotsman locomotive under steam at the East Lancashire Railway tracks in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long �4.2m restoration project.

The Flying Scotsman locomotive under steam at the East Lancashire Railway tracks in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long �4.2m restoration project.

The internationally famous steam engine which was built at the Doncaster Plant Works in Hexthorpe, has returned to the tracks after a decade-long £4.2 million restoration.

The famous locomotive steamed down the East Lancashire Railway ahead of its first passenger runs.

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Steam enthusiasts lined the route in Bury, Manchester, to see the green and black engine after a 10-year refit.

The Flying Scotsman locomotive under steam at the East Lancashire Railway tracks in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long �4.2m restoration project.

The Flying Scotsman locomotive under steam at the East Lancashire Railway tracks in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long �4.2m restoration project.

The loco has been brought back to life after the National Railway Museum bought it for £2.3 million in 2004 before work got under way in 2006.

The Flying Scotsman was built 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 1923-built locomotive as well as manage and maintain it during its first two years of operation.

The Flying Scotsman locomotive under steam at the East Lancashire Railway tracks in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long �4.2m restoration project.

The Flying Scotsman locomotive under steam at the East Lancashire Railway tracks in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long �4.2m restoration project.

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.

A series of events will now be held at the National Railway Museum to mark the loco’s return.

National Railway Museum director Paul Kirkman said: “Along with all our generous supporters for this complex project to bring a 1920s-built cultural icon back to life, we have all been looking forward to the day when Flying Scotsman is once again running on Britain’s tracks.

The Flying Scotsman locomotive under steam at the East Lancashire Railway tracks in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long �4.2m restoration project.

The Flying Scotsman locomotive under steam at the East Lancashire Railway tracks in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long �4.2m restoration project.

“We hope the public will join us to welcome Flying Scotsman home in late February. We will be showing it in light steam in our North Yard and then it will finish off as the centre of attention on our Great Hall turntable. As well as seeing the icon out and about on Britain’s tracks in 2016, the public can experience the essence of Flying Scotsman first-hand at our museum, through a series of innovative and colourful exhibitions and events.”