100s see Flying Scotsman leave London

2016-02-25 19:06
Shrouded in steam, The Flying Scotsman train leaves Kings Cross railway station in London, as it begins its journey to York. (Alastair Grant, AP)

Shrouded in steam, The Flying Scotsman train leaves Kings Cross railway station in London, as it begins its journey to York. (Alastair Grant, AP)

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London - Train-spotters are lining the tracks from London to the northern city of York to see a famous steam engine takes its inaugural run with passengers after a $5.8m refit.

Shrouded in steam, the Flying Scotsman is making the journey up the east coast on Thursday. The train started at London's King's Cross station, where hundreds packed the platforms to take pictures and try to get a look.

About 300 passengers are taking the five-hour trip.

Built in 1923, the train was a star locomotive of the British railway system and was the first to break the 160km/h barrier in 1934.

The National Railway Museum in York began restoring it in 2006 and will display it until March 6, when it begins a national tour.

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