AN ICONIC steam train is visiting Worcester tomorrow (June 15) as part of its national tour.

The Flying Scotsman rolls into Worcester Shrub Hill Station at 11.50am today as part of its journey from Paddington Station.

The iconic A3 engine will leave Worcester at 4.31pm to return to London, stopping in Moreton-in-Marsh along its route.

Train enthusiasts are expected to flock to see the engine, which was built in 1923, and is widely recognised as the most famous steam locomotive in the world. It was the first to break the 100 miles-per-hour barrier.

The day trip, known as the ‘The Cotswold Venturer’ leaves London Paddington at around 07.40 before moving along the former Great Western Railway (GWR) main line.

The service then stops at Reading and Didcot to pick up more passengers before continuing through the Vale of White Horse to Swindon, before leaving the GWR mainline to get to Kemble.

The journey then takes passengers up the 1 in 94 gradient up to the summit at Sapperton Tunnel, coming down through the Golden Valley via Stroud to reach the Bristol line at Standish Junction. After passing Gloucester the train will then travel via the line between Cheltenham Spa and Abbotswood Junction, where it will then head to Worcester, and spend the afternoon.

After leaving the city, the train will take the Cotswold line through to Oxford, as well as passing through Evesham and Honeybourne.

Other stops include Moreton-in-Marsh and Charlbury before heading to Oxford. From there the service rejoins its earlier route at Didcot before heading to Reading, Slough and London Paddington.

The engine, built in 1923, returned to the rails in 2016 following a £4.5 million refurbishment by staff from the National Railway Museum.