VIDEO: Robin Hood steam train passes through Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby

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A historic steam train puffed its way through Northamptonshire on Sunday.

The Robin Hood, hauled by steam locomotive 46115 Scots Guardsman, drew huge crowds when it made the first such journey to leave St Pancras since the London station’s 2007 redevelopment.

The ex-London, Midland and Scottish Railway Royal Scot class engine passed through Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby, stopping in Kettering to take on water.

Among those who were part of the train’s crew were two men originally from Kettering, Peter Hanson and Bob Bullock.

Mr Bullock was a cleaner and fireman at Kettering loco shed from 1961 until its closure in 1965.

He served in the police from 1970 until 2000, based in Kettering.

Mr Hanson joined the police in 1969, serving at various times in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and Northampton before retiring in 1999.

His father was a steam engine driver based in Kettering.

Mr Hanson said: “This class of locomotive was a regular performer on the Midland Main Line during steam days hauling passenger trains.”

Its journeys operated by Railway Touring Company, the engine is one of only two preserved Royal Scots in use, and in 2012 it carried the Olympic torch.

The pictures in the gallery were taken by Glyn Dobbs, Tamlin Rees, Bridget Lapworth and Karen Burkett.