The Flying Scotsman soars its way to York after 10 years

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The Flying Scotsman returns to the tracks.

The historic steam train took to the tracks from London’s King Cross, in its maiden run after a 10-year refit, although numerous train enthusiasts ground the locomotive to a halt as they trespassed on the railway. 

All trains on the East Coast Main Line were stopped “because of a huge number of trespassers” Network Rail said. 

Although there were many safe viewing points for train spotters to photograph the train, it didn’t stop some fanatics from clambering onto the tracks in order to snap the perfect pic. 

Virgin Trains saw delays and tweeted regarding its service: “Due to eager #FlyingScotsman photographers on the track near Peterborough, delays of 15 mins are expected. Don’t be silly!”

The steam locomotive came to complete standstill and stopped for 10 minutes near St Neots in Cambridgeshire when the number of track trespassers became dangerous. 

The restoration of the locomotive took place over a ten year period in order to refurbish the 1960’s engine, it has also been returned to its original rail green colour. VIPs and competition winners had won places or paid up to £450 to travel on the inaugural journey. 

The restoration cost £4.2m. The train was the first in history to break the 100mph barrier in 1934.

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