Flying Scotsman: Fan's tears of joy as historic train returns after 10-year refit

Video report by ITV News Correspondent Damon Green

The return of the Flying Scotsman brought tears to the eyes of train enthusiasts when it returned to the tracks after a decade-long refit.

Hundreds of people of all ages lined the tracks and bridges at the East Lancashire Railway's Bolton Street station in Bury to catch a glimpse of the steam locomotive as other trains were suspended for the day.

One woman had tears in her eyes as she watched the famous locomotive steam past her after a 50-year wait.

Tina Bywater, 67, said it was "amazing" to see the green and black engine in Lancashire following its 10-year £4.2 million refit.

Mrs Bywater, a member of the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society which helps to fund refurbishment projects, said: "It was perfect.

"I have always loved a steam engine, I think it's in the blood. It's such a spine-tingling moment. It's thrilling."

Engineers working on The Flying Scotsman in December 2015. Credit: PA

Tina added she loved the smell of steam, oil and coal.

"I've always said if you could bottle it, I would wear it as a perfume," she said.

"I really would, I love it."

The Flying Scotsman is greeted by enthusiasts in Bury. Credit: PA

Video report by ITV News correspondent Damon Green

The locomotive has been brought back to life after the National Railway Museum bought it for £2.3 million in 2004 before work got under way in 2006.

Gareth Mawdsley, 40, took his two-year-old son Dexter along with his father to reminisce on days gone by.

The Flying Scotsman drew admiring gazes from the excited crowd. Credit: PA

His father Robert, 71, said it was "fantastic" to have the three generations present.

He said: "It's iconic really, the Flying Scotsman. My dad brought me here, same train station."

The Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in 1923 and soon became the star locomotive of the British railway system, pulling the first train to break the 100mph barrier in 1934.

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