The battle to stop the world famous Flying Scotsman locomotive being sold abroad has been won by a UK museum.
The famous steam train will now go on display at the National Railway Museum in York after its sealed bid, backed by Sir Richard Branson, proved successful.
Delays in building an Edinburgh visitor centre for the 80-year-old A3 class loco prompted its owners to auction it.
This led to fears that the locomotive, which was built in Doncaster, would go to a foreign buyer.
The offer from the National Railway Museum included £365,000 raised through a public appeal, matched by a donation from Sir Richard Branson on behalf of the Virgin Group.
The National Heritage Memorial Fund also stepped in with a grant of £1.8m.
The donations received will also be used to ensure locomotive No 4472, as it is officially known, is fit for main line operation.
A kilted Sir Richard Branson showed off the Flying Scotsman on Monday.
Dressed in a Hunting Stuart tartan, the Virgin chief sprayed
champagne over the engine at Southall Railway Centre in west
Sir Richard said: "We have seen too much of Britain's heritage disappear of late and the public have been fantastic in contributing towards saving this loco.
"A bit more was needed and I was very happy to help."
Sir Richard Branson celebrated with champagne
Sir Richard intends to be one of the passengers on the next public trip that
the Flying Scotsman will take which is planned for 29 May this year.
The locomotive will travel from Doncaster to York to mark the beginning of
Railfest, a National Railway Museum celebration of the bi-centenary of steam
It is also intended that the Flying Scotsman will do public runs between York
and Scarborough this summer.
The head of the National Railway Museum, Andrew Scott, said: "This has been a tremendous victory for the nation.
"We have received thousands of donations and messages of
support from people of all ages and backgrounds."