The Flying Scotsman locomotive returns home to Doncaster

The Flying Scotsman steam locomotive has returned to the city where it was built to mark its 100th anniversary.

The engine was built in the LNER works in Doncaster in 1923 and was used to pull an express service along the east coast main line between London and Edinburgh.

It is now housed in the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York after a £4.2m restoration project.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said the visit meant a lot to local people.

"It is testament to the hard work and determination of many people in our city that we can now welcome Flying Scotsman back home," she said.

"I am delighted that thousands of visitors have got the opportunity to see Flying Scotsman for themselves this weekend, as I know how much this means to local people.

"We will also take this opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the sacrifices made by service men and women as we commemorate their most significant contribution this remembrance weekend."

The locomotive will spend the weekend at the Freightliner Railport in White Rose Way.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the ticketed event, with a shuttle service running from the city centre using a vintage bus.

The Flying Scotsman was the first locomotive built by the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway and was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley.

It was retired from service in 1963 and later went on tours of the USA, Canada and Australia.

After years in private ownership, it was bought by the NRM in 2004 and restored using funds donated by the public and a £1.8m grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

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