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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 May, 2004, 09:41 GMT 10:41 UK
100mph locomotive retraces route
City of Truro
The train recorded a speed of 102.3 mph in Somerset
The world's first train to reach 100mph has returned to the stretch of track where it set the record a century ago.

Travelling from Bristol to south Devon on Saturday, The City of Truro passed pass the spot in Somerset where it reached 102.3mph on 9 May 1904.

The trip did not take place on the actual 100th anniversary, as part of the line is closed for engineering work

Restrictions meant the Swindon-built steam locomotive could not travel at its 1904 record-breaking speed.

Controversy has long surrounded locomotive's claim.

The City of Truro's speed record was not officially recorded at the time, which means it does not stand.

Records list The Flying Scotsman as the first train to travel at 100mph more than 30 years later.

Leaving Bristol Temple Meads at 0955 BST and arriving at Kingswear at 1455 BST on Saturday, the train is due to return to Temple Meads at 1720 BST on Monday 10 May.

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