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Flying Scotsman 'probably the most famous engine' in the world

The nation's best loved steam engine the Flying Scotsman set off from Bewdley early this morning with passengers boarding at Kidderminster.

Tickets to ride sold out and 15,000 people are expected to visit the heritage line to see the world famous locomotive.

Roger Scanlon from the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust says they're blessed to have "probably the most famous engine in the world" visiting.

Passenger: "It's beautiful, I just love the smell of steam!"

The nation's best loved locomotive has been wowing the crowds as it pulled into Kidderminster this morning.

Enthusiasts were aboard and excited to experience a journey on the first official steam loco to reach the speed of up to 100 miles per hour.


Video: The nation's best loved locomotive fuels up

Video footage captures the moment the nation's best loved locomotive gets prepared to take on an epic 32-mile journey.

The conductor of the Flying Scotsman keeps its embers burning with coal for the journey.

The famous locomotive will be joined by the newly-built Tornado as part of a five-day event hosted by Severn Valley Railway in Kidderminster.

Video: Watch the moment the Flying Scotsman steams into Kidderminster

Our team at Severn Trent Railway captured the moment the Flying Scotsman steamed into Kidderminster

The nation's best loved locomotive set off from Bewdley this morning and is joining the newly-built Tornado on a 32 mile stretch across the Midlands countryside as part of a five-day event.


Weekend Picks: Autumn Steam Gala at Severn Valley Railway

Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

This weekend Severn Valley Railway will be celebrating their Golden Jubilee with the Autumn Steam Gala.

The event will look back at the last 50 years in steam with a great collection of steam locomotives, a very frequent service of trains, and all-night running of trains on Friday and Saturday.

More details: Severn Valley Railway.

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Farewell journey for historic steam locomotive

An historic steam locomotive made a farewell trip today after many years of service on the preserved Severn Valley Railway.

The train the 83-year-old engine pulled between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster was packed with well-wishers who came out for what was being called The Last Trip.

Engine 5164 had its last journey today Credit: ITV News Central

The former Great Western Railway tank engine, number 5164, has been at the Severn Valley line since 1973.

But today it was withdrawn to await a major overhaul it must have before it can return to service. Yesterday the engine made a number of journeys with a face chalked onto the front, shedding a tear.

Heritage railway starts countdown to 2013 Poppy Appeal

It's a week until this year's Royal British Legion poppy appeal officially starts - but today fundraisers at the Severn Valley Railway in Kidderminster began their countdown to launch day.

Volunteers from the Royal British Legion were joined by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to collect donations for poppies in honour of those who have fought for their country.

The target for the Kidderminster branch this year is £35,000. All money raised will go towards supporting the families of Armed Forces servicemen and women.

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