The famous Flying Scotsman has been rebranded the Flying Scotswoman to mark International Women's Day.

The train operated by London North Eastern Railway (LNER) will be entirely run by female staff on Friday in a bid to encourage more women to consider a career in the rail industry.

The LNER train from Edinburgh to London King's Cross will have all six of its onboard roles filled by women, including driver, train manager and chef.

The Flying Scotsman service will be rebranded Flying Scotswoman for the whole month of March.

The train from Edinburgh to London King's Cross will have all six of its onboard roles filled by women, including driver, train manager and chef. Credit: PA

A poll of 890 women commissioned by LNER indicated that 85% of women have never considered a career in rail.

The firm's people director Karen Lewis said the rail industry needs to workharder to promote itself to women.

There is a clear need for the industry to work together to demonstrate the unique opportunities on offer with a career in rail, and by doing so to help drive an increase in the number of women in the workplace.

Karen Lewis, LNER

Female staff at LNER took to social media to mark the occasion:

Loraine Martins, director of diversity and inclusion at Network Rail said:

We've made positive strides in the last five years, such as introducing maternity buddying and introducing a women in leadership programme to ensure that more women are being considered for senior positions. "We also need to get the basics right, which is why we are committed to improving facilities for women working on the front line."

Loraine Martins, Director of Diversity, Network Rail
A poll of 890 women commissioned by LNER indicated that 85% of women have never considered a career in rail. Credit: PA