STEAM buffs got a treat this morning when they caught a glimpse of the world’s most famous locomotive as it headed through East Lancashire.

The Flying Scotsman, which returned to the tracks on the East Lancashire Railway last year after an extensive refit, steamed through the area on its way to the West Coast main line.

The locomotive, which was built in 1923 and was the first steam engine to reach 100mph on a journey between London and Edinburgh in 1934, has spent a fortnight at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

This morning it steamed out of West Yorkshire for Southall in South London.

It travelled from Keighley through Skipton to Hellifield Junction, where it turned and headed for Clitheroe, where crowds gathered to see the historic loco.

The train then travelled through Blackburn before heading onto the West Coast main line at Farrington Junction.