Wednesday, April 14, 1999 Published at 13:14 GMT 14:14 UK
Scotsman flying high
Flying Scotsman back in its famous green livery
The legendary steam locomotive Flying Scotsman is back on the rails after a three-year, £1m restoration programme.
The 76-year-old express will make its first run after restoration from its former King's Cross home to York on 4 July. Tickets will cost enthusiasts £350 each.
It was the first locomotive to achieve an authenticated 100mph speed in 1934 - some claim the City of Truro beat the Scotsman to it, but that run was never proved.
After 1963 it had a succession of private owners, including pop impresario Pete Waterman, but was finally left to decay in a shed.
Dr Tony Marchington, 43, of Oxfordshire, bought it for restoration in 1996 at a cost of £1.5m.
"I must admit it was a daunting prospect, but there was no way I was prepared to let this magnificent example of Britain's railway heritage fade away."
Flying Scotsman began taking shape again at the former Great Western Railway shed in west London.
This was the most extensive and expensive steam locomotive restoration ever undertaken, said Mr Ward.
"We set out to reach Rolls-Royce standards and I am confident we have achieved it," he said.