Iconic locomotive Rocket is set to have a "long-term" stay in the North.
The vehicle, designed by engineer Robert Stephenson, was built in Newcastle in 1829.
It is back in the city for the first time in 150 years for this summer’s Great Exhibition of the North. It will next go on display in Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry in September. Rocket was the clear winner in the locomotive trials held at Rainhill in 1829 to decide the best design to power the Liverpool & Manchester Railway.
It will return to the Science Museum for a short period to be prepared for a what has been described as a "long-term move" to the National Railway Museum in York.
Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said:
Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group, said:
Carol Bell, executive director of Great Exhibition of the North, said:
Billed as England's biggest event of the year, the Great Exhibition of the North celebrates art, culture, and design in the North of England. Its main attraction is arguably one of Britain's most famous feats of engineering. Robert Stephenson's Rocket. Gregg Easteal followed its return home.