A WORLD-famous steam locomotive has arrived in town.

And Flying Scotsman, which is spending May on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, has already created quite a stir.

A month-long festival is taking place to celebrate its stay.

The engine, which this year is marking a century since it first entered service, will be on static display at Ingrow West station.

Visitors have the chance to step onboard the footplate and walk through the corridor tender.

Various events are taking place around the display, including a fine dining experience, live music and a Flying Scotsman festival weekend featuring a host of activities.

Plus Flying Scotsman will be in steam along the five-mile line, between Keighley and Oxenhope, from May 25 to 29.

More than 11,000 tickets have already been sold.

A Keighley & Worth Valley Railway spokesperson said: “This is a great opportunity to take in the atmosphere of the bygone age with a global celebrity at the head of your train! The combination of the steam, smell and the Bronte line is more than enough to bring back memories of a very different world decades ago, perhaps from your childhood.”

Dr Matt Stroh, the railway’s chair, says it is “a real honour” to be hosting Flying Scotsman in its centenary year.

People can enjoy a cream tea onboard a 1930s Pullman carriage or 1960s restaurant car, hauled by the loco.

The price for standard class starts from £32 for an adult and £22 for children, including a full line return trip behind Flying Scotsman, a Day Rover with unlimited travel on other services running that day, and free entry to the two Ingrow museums.

A new event, an Evening with Flying Scotsman, has been added to the programme, including a round trip, live music, street food and cab visits.

Also, there are black-tie dinners in Oxenhope’s exhibition hall on May 18, 19 and 20, when guests will have the chance to get up close to Flying Scotsman and enjoy an after-dinner speaker and entertainment. The speakers include record producer and rail enthusiast, Pete Waterman, a former owner of the locomotive.

Flying Scotsman was built at Doncaster in 1923, at a cost of nearly £8,000.

The locomotive, which weighs 97 tonnes and is 70 feet long, was the first steam engine to officially reach 100mph and the first to circumnavigate the globe.

For more about the festival events, visit kwvr.co.uk.