Makeover for historic County Durham train

A paint "makeover" of a famous locomotive has begun in County Durham in preparation for the 75th anniversary of a steam train landmark.

The Doncaster-built Dominion of Canada loco is being decked out in garter blue colours at the National Railway Museum in Shildon.

The engine has been shipped from Canada to be ready for July celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the setting of a new world steam train speed record by the Dominion of Canada's sister loco - the Mallard.

Racing down the East Coast line, the Mallard achieved a speed of 126mph in July 1938.

Exactly 75 years later the Mallard, the Dominion of Canada and four other surviving A4-class locos will all be together at the National Railway Museum in York.

The Dominion of Canada is getting a Canadian bell and chime whistle and a replica cabside crest featuring the Royal Coat of Arms of Canada.