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Summary

  1. Train leaves King's Cross station on time as crowds pack the platforms
  2. Flying Scotsman arrives in York at 13:20 - 54 minutes later than scheduled
  3. Service forced to temporary 'abrupt halt' as onlookers come close to tracks
  4. Safety warning issued as thousands line sections of route
  5. Flying Scotsman passes through Doncaster where it was built in 1923
  6. Famous locomotive returning to York's National Railway Museum after refit
  7. Live coverage of the Flying Scotsman's return to the East Coast Mainline on 25 February 2016

Live Reporting

By Tom Airey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage pulls into the engine shed

    Tom Airey

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    That ends our live coverage of the famous locomotive's return to the East Coast Main Line, thanks for joining me.

    Over the past eight hours we've had steam, whistles, memories, trespassers and a moving finale at York station. 

    We leave you with an image from today which has a timeless quality to it - much like the engine itself.

    Flying Scotsman at Colton Junction near York

     Welcome back, Flying Scotsman.   

  2. Your emails: 'Enthralled by the power'

    Thanks for sending me your emails and photos today.

    Dr Ian Pickering has got in touch from New Brighton, Wirral, to say he saw Flying Scotsman as a young child in Wigan during the locomotive's farewell tour.

    He said: "She blasted through at incredible speed and I was enthralled by the power. It is a moment I have never forgotten. It is so wonderful to see her back in service, restored and cared for."

    Flying Scotsman
  3. Flying Scotsman a 'world icon', National Railway Museum curator says

    Bob Gwynne, a curator at the National Railway Museum, said it was great to see the “world icon” back in York.

    He told BBC Radio York: "It's not just enthusiasts, all the world and his wife are here.

    "It's really become the symbol of the steam age and it has been away for 10 years, so it's not really surprising people have gone 'wow, let's go and see it'".

    Flying Scotsman
  4. Flying Scotsman crew take well-earned rest after London to York run

    Soot-blackened faces look out from the Flying Scotsman's cab on its arrival in York after an eventful journey which took more than five and a half hours. 

    Flying Scotsman crew at York station
  5. Flying Scotsman to head to nearby National Railway Museum

    After about 3,000 people welcomed Flying Scotsman back into Platform 9 at York station, it will now head to the nearby National Railway Museum.

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    It will be in steam in the North Yard area of the museum, with the site staying open to the public until 10pm tonight.

    It's due to stay at the museum until 6 March, when it starts a tour around the country. 

  6. Long wait over as crowds capture historic moment at York station

    Hundreds of people crowded the platforms at York station to capture the moment Flying Scotsman completed its inaugural East Coast Main Line run since completing it refit.

    Crowds at York station as Flying Scotsman arrives
  7. Former owner says today's journey 'absolutely wonderful'

    Sir William McAlpine, a former owner of Flying Scotsman, told BBC Radio York what it was like travelling on today's service from London.

    "I think it's wonderful, absolutely wonderful. It's a great pleasure. I don't own her any longer and so I don't have to worry about her! I can just thoroughly enjoy myself."

    Sir William McAlpine
  8. Crowds cheer Flying Scotsman into York

    Here's Flying Scotsman pulling in at York station a few minutes ago.

    It's time for the 300 passengers to depart, with the celebrations moving to the nearby National Railway Museum later this afternoon. 

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  9. BreakingFlying Scotsman completes inaugural East Coast Main Line run

    After a £4.2m refurbishment, Flying Scotsman has pulled into York station after a lengthy absence. 

    What a moment for those lucky enough to be on board or on the platform. 

    It's 54 minutes late, but I don't think anyone minds too much. 

    Flying Scotsman
  10. Hundreds gather to greet Flying Scotsman south of York

    Hundreds of people have been spotted on a vantage point at Colton Junction near York.

    Our reporters on board say they have seen scenes like this almost all the way along the route.

  11. BBC Rewind: History of Flying Scotsman

    With the journey to York nearing its end, BBC Rewind have put together a video documenting a brief history of Flying Scotsman.

    It's definitely worth a minute of your time...

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    Video caption: BBC Rewind looks at the history of the Flying Scotsman.
  12. Flying Scotsman arrival in York imminent

    The service is about to reach it's destination any minute now!

    Predictably, there are huge crowds at York station. 

  13. Alan Pegler: The man who saved Flying Scotsman

    Flying Scotsman was saved from the breakers' yard by a millionaire steam enthusiast, Alan Pegler. 

    He brought the locomotive to a whole new generation, taking it round the country - and often driving it himself. 

    In 1969, he even took the historic engine to the United States.

    Alan died aged 91 in 2012. 

    Alan Pegler
  14. Watch: Flying Scotsman as it passes through Doncaster station

    Here's some brilliant footage of Flying Scotsman steaming through Doncaster station about half an hour ago. 

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  15. Service on the move again near Selby

    British Transport Police has told our reporter Tom Ingall the reports of trespass were false.

    We're on the move again and expected in York in less than 20 minutes.

    Cab
  16. Flying Scotsman in popular culture

    While we're waiting for the train to get moving again, here's some Flying Scotsman-related trivia for you:

    • It featured in the The Flying Scotsman, a 1929 film which symbolised a benchmark in British filmmaking
    • The locomotive has a place in The Railway Series of children's books by Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry
    • It appeared in the 102 Dalmatians film, pulling the Orient Express out of London
    • One of the specially-produced £5 coins for the 2012 Summer Olympics featured an engraving of Flying Scotsman on the back
    Flying Scotsman on Blue Peter
    Image caption: Flying Scotsman appeared on Blue Peter in the 1960s
  17. BreakingFlying Scotsman held up again near Doncaster

    We have had another trespass incident causing the service to be halted again north of Doncaster.

    Some police officers boarded the train at Retford in Nottinghamshire in the event this happened. 

    It was expected to arrive at York at 12:26, but it's likely to be past 13:00 now. 

    Police
  18. Onlookers improvise for a vantage point

    One of our reporters on board captured a group who used a forklift truck to gain a vantage point over a hedge to see Flying Scotsman.

    The locomotive isn't something you see on every tea break!

    Onlookers