Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA
The Flying Scotsman passes Holy Island as it powers through the Northumberland countryside before heading into Scotland, its first trip to Scotland since the restoration was competed earlier this year.
Ah, the nostalgia of steam trains: putting your head out of the window, feeling your hair blowing around, getting a bit of soot in your eye, and, as happened when I was a lad, having your glasses whipped off your nose.
Real men built these machines, real men shovelled coal into the furnaces, and real men now stand on station platforms comparing notes as they wait for the restored, glorious machine to puff into view.
And here’s a video of some trial runs made earlier this year. Note that ‘she’ hasn’t been painted in ‘her’ true colours yet and that she needs the helping shove of a diesel locomotive at the rear to help with the very steep incline of Shap Fell.