Historic steam engine makes long-awaited return to Whitstable

The four tonne engine had to be hoisted into position

The first ever locomotive to take fare-paying passengers has returned to the Kent seaside town where she started her working life.

But the steam engine Invicta - an iconic piece of railway history- needed a rather substantial lift - as Abigail Bracken reports.

Abigail spoke to Brian Hitcham from Whitstable Community Museum and Gallery and Cllr Neil Baker from Canterbury City Council.

Aerial pictures are by Evolution Drone.

The Invicta, which will soon be on permanent display, was built by Robert Stephenson and Co in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and played a significant part in early railway history.

She operated on the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway - colloquially known as The Crab and Winkle Line - which was the first railway in England to transport passengers in steam-hauled trains.