A FAMOUS steam train, which has appeared on television and film, has passed through East Lothian.

The A1 Tornado caught the eye of many locals as it journeyed from Edinburgh Waverley through East Lothian before heading south of the border on its way to York.

Crowds of passengers turned out at various stations throughout East Lothian, including Prestonpans and Longniddry, as the train travelled east on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Davies MBE, chairman of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, said: “Saint Mungo’s most famous run was on New Year’s Eve 1965 when the North Eastern Region of British Railways ran a special train from York to Newcastle and return to commemorate the ending of mainline steam, the locomotive achieving 100mph on the return leg.

"Like others of the class, it was bereft of its nameplates but its performance inspired the formation of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in 1990 to build a brand new Peppercorn class A1 No. 60163 Tornado.

“It wasn’t until 2008, when No. 60163 Tornado hauled passenger trains for the first time, that anyone had again experienced class A1 haulage and it was 2009 with the ‘Peppercorn Pioneers’ before true express speeds were once again experienced.

“As part of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s 30th Anniversary celebrations – and in recognition of the inspiration gained from this final survivor – we have repainted No. 60163 Tornado in BR locomotive green for the first time since 2012.

"This historic livery will be carried by the locomotive until her next overhaul which is now scheduled for 2022.

"We are grateful to Craftmaster Paints for their continued sponsorship of the painting of Tornado and to David Smith and West Coast Railways for completing such a fantastic job of repainting Tornado into BR locomotive green in such a short time.”

The locomotive featured on a special episode of Top Gear, which saw a Jaguar XK120 car, a Vincent Black Shadow motorbike, and the railway locomotive 60163 Tornado travel from London to Edinburgh.