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It's been an historic day for the Wensleydale Railway in North Yorkshire as the A4 steam Locomotive, Bittern, made its first journey along the heritage line.
Hundreds of delighted passengers were there to see the locomotive, the sister of the world's fastest steam locomotive, Mallard.
Its visit marks the start of this year's Swaledale Fesitval, which has celebrated music and arts in the Dales for more than 40 years.
Visitors and rail enthusiasts were queuing up this morning for a trip on 'Bittern'.
The A4 locomotive, which is the sister of the famous Mallard, was in North Yorkshire for the start of the Swaledale festival.
Bittern's arrival in North Yorkshire is down to the Artistic Director of the Swaledale Festival, Malcolm Creese, who had a conversation in a pub with one of the bosses of the company that owns the locomotive.
Bittern's visit marks the start of the annual festival of music and arts across Wensleydale and Swaledale, which has been running for 42 years.
Crowds gathered early this morning to welcome the locomotive, Bittern, to the Wensleydale Railway.
It's the sister of the famous Mallard - which celebrated the 75th anniversary of its record breaking 126mph run on the East Coast main line last year.
The event was organised to mark the start of the Swaledale Festival.
Three generations of train enthusiasts were there to see the LNER A4 Pacific No. 4464 'Bittern', on the first day of the May Bank Holiday.