Watch: Flying Scotsman travelled from King's Cross station to York today and there were crowds throughout the journey

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Commuters in King's Cross were met with an unusual sight this morning.

The iconic steam train the Flying Scotsman has just left the station on its inaugural run to York after being painstakingly restored to its former glory.

After 10 years and £4.2m, the locomotive has been restored to its historic British Rail green, as it races up the East Coast Main Line from London. Once in York, it will be kept at the National Railway Museum until March 6, when it will embark on a tour around the country.

By the time it reached Hertfordshire, it was (ahem) steaming ahead.

But it was held up at Biggleswade because of people trespassing near the railway line. The idiots.

The train arrived at York this afternoon, welcomed by crowds of people.

It wasn't just a treat for people to watch - those on board were served champagne breakfast as the sun rises.

The Flying Scotsman was originally built in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in 1923, and made records when it pulled the first train to break the 100mph barrier in 1934.

It was bought by the museum in 2004 for £2.3m, and work started on the restoration project in 2006.