An icon of the railway, The Flying Scotsman wowed crowds on its much-anticipated visit to Chester .

Hundreds of enthusiasts gathered at Chester Railway Station to witness the star attraction on Wednesday (June 15).

The legendary steam locomotive is now on a series of UK tours after being restored to its former glory, giving fans the chance to see the spectacular Scotsman in action.

There was a buzz in the air as rumours circulated about its departure from Crewe ahead of a scheduled 1.30pm arrival in Chester.

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Chronicle readers sent us their fantastic pictures as the train travelled through the city and countryside.

After the locomotive pulled up at Platform 4 it let out a huge, deafening blast of steam to cheers from its fans.

All tickets to ride on board had been sold and many of the passengers were treating themselves to a glass of wine despite the clamour outside.

The Flying Scotsman stood at Chester station for about 10 minutes before sounding its whistle and setting off for North Wales.

Video of the Flying Scotsman passing through Saltney below:

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Exact timings of its schedule were kept secret for ‘safety reasons’.

Operator Steam Dreams had issued a statement for those coming out to watch to make sure they took up a safe vantage point and to not trespass onto the line.

Chief inspector David Oram from the British Transport Police said: “We understand people are excited about seeing the Flying Scotsman’s return and want them to have a great day out.

Flying Scotsman shortly after leaving Chester Station approaches the bridge at Curzon Road North
Flying Scotsman shortly after leaving Chester Station approaches the bridge at Curzon Road North

“But our priority is the safety of the public and passengers viewing and travelling on the train.”

The Scotsman’s appearance in Chester forms the opening day of The Emerald Isle Explorer trip to and from Ireland from London.

People waiting to see Flying Scotsman shortly after leaving Chester Station, on the bridge at Curzon Road North
People waiting to see Flying Scotsman shortly after leaving Chester Station, on the bridge at Curzon Road North

History of the Flying Scotsman

Built in Doncaster in 1923, the Flying Scotsman went on to become perhaps the most famous locomotive in the world.

It set a world record as the first steam train to officially clock 100mph.

Put into service initially on the London and North Eastern Railway, the train served through the Second World War and the nationalisation of the country’s railways.

The Scotsman retired in 1963 after covering more than two million miles of British track.

Watch the Flying Scotsman departing from Chester Railway Station below:

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Named for the daily London to Edinburgh rail service, it also set a second world record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive in 1989.

A series of owners preserved the train as it toured across the globe, before a campaign surged to have it restored in 2006.

Ten years and a £4.2m investment later, the legend was ‘brought back to life’ in its iconic green coat.

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