A STEAM engine which featured in a film 35 years ago is back on track at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

The 120-tonne British Railways Standard Class 4 locomotive 75078 has made its first journey in 16 years following an extensive refit.

The engine was withdrawn from British Railways in the mid-1960s and the Standard 4 Locomotive Society rescued it from a scrap yard in South Wales in 1972.

They first restored the engine in 1977 and it ran for two 10-year periods until 1999.

Its biggest claim to fame was its appearance in the 1979 film Yanks, a period drama set in the north of England during the Second World War.

The engine has been restored again at a cost of £250,000 and has been taken out on test runs before its planned debut at next month's railway’s winter steam gala.

Standard 4 Locomotive Society secretary Roger France, 61, said: "A group of us bought this engine in 1972 when we were in our 20s. It was in a scrap yard and was due to be broken up. Back then it cost £10,000 to buy and restore it.

"When you restore one of these locomotives it can only operate for about 10 years before it needs to be restored again, so this will be third time this engine has been run on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

"We have a rolling programme to keep these engines going, and this should be running on the K&WVR for a further 10 years.

"There has been quite a bit of interest in it already, though we're hoping to officially launch it again at the steam gala at the end of February."

The railway’s steam gala is due to run from Friday February 27, until Sunday March 1, and will display a variety of home fleet locomotives as well as visiting engines. Visit kwvr.co.uk for more details.