Rail enthusiasts flocked to the station to see the iconic steam locomotive pass through the region
Hundreds turned out for the second time in a week to witness the Flying Scotsman arriving at Denton train station.
Rail enthusiasts flocked to the station to see the iconic steam locomotive pass through the region.
The train is normally housed at the National Transport Museum in York, but has been taking part in a rail tour which saw it in Greater Manchester last Tuesday and it made the return journey today.
Kevin McNeese from Reddish said: “I work on the railways, but I’ve never seen it before, so thought I’d come down while it was here.
“It’s a great legacy, people love it.”
Phil Birdhall from Denton said: “It’s the last of its kind, it’s iconic – engineering at its best.”
Margaret Wilkin from Denton said: “It’s an icon, a blast from the past. When it was here last time, a lot of people didn’t know and missed it.
“It’s spread through word of mouth, there are a lot more people this time.”
And Julie Smith said: “She’s absolutely beautiful. The whole idea of the Flying Scotsman is so romantic.
“It’s just such a sight when it rolls in. We all love it.”
The famous engine, the first locomotive to break the 100mph speed barrier, underwent a painstaking ten-year £4.2m restoration which was only completed in 2015.
It made its first public appearance for a decade on the East Lancashire Railway in Bury last September and has since been making various tours.
The multi-million pound overhaul began after it was bought by the National Railway Museum in York in 2004. Components and equipment have been fitted in Bury. The engine however will be in its ‘wartime’ black livery when it takes to the tracks in Bury.
The locomotive, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, was built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923.
A year later it was renumbered and given the name Flying Scotsman – after the London to Edinburgh rail service which started daily at 10am.
It hauled the first ever non-stop London to Edinburgh service, reducing the journey time to eight hours, in 1928. Then, six years later, the Scotsman was clocked at 100mph – the first locomotive to have reached that speed.
In 1948, with railway nationalisation, it was renumbered again and painted Brunswick Green.