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87001 made its move into preservation on 11th November 2005 when it ran from Wembley to York under its own power before being shunted into the NRM for display. Prior to the move group members had assisted Wembley and Willesden staff in the loco's preparation, including repainting the bogies and supplying vinyls, etc. 87001 now has a split identity, one side bearing the "Stephenson" plates of recent years, and the other carrying the "Royal Scot" plates most famously carried by the loco.

On arrival at York, the loco took part in the NRM's "Cab-It" weekend over 12-13th November, with group members manning the cab for the benefit of visitors. The loco was positioned in the canvas "tent" alongside the NRM's Western and close to the replica Rocket.