It was an arrival that is fitting for such a landmark event.
Royal Scot, which was the first in a new breed of steam locomotives when it was built 90 years ago, arrived at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on Friday to help mark the line’s 50th anniversary since its charitable trust was formed.
The famous engine is being used to set the wheels in motion for a new season that will be dedicated to celebrating the trust’s landmark anniversary.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which runs services between Pickering and Whitby, lays claim to being the world’s most popular heritage route.
It fell victim in 1965 to Dr Richard Beeching’s infamous cutbacks to the rail network, before reopening again in 1973.
Royal Scot, which was built in 1927, was designed by the LMS for their fastest passenger services from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.
It eventually retired in October 1962 but returned to steam in 2015 after a major restoration.
The locomotive will be running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on selected dates until April 2.