Steam trains in North and South West London while not commonplace, aren’t rare – but a steam train in East London is exceptionally so, and tomorrow (Sat 10th Dec) is a chance for people in this side of the city to see one charge by.
The Cathedrals Express is running from Southend-on-Sea to Southampton — via Upminster, Gospel Oak and Hounslow — and back along the same route – so you can watch the train twice if you want.
The locomotive doing the pulling will be the 60 year old Britannia class 70000.
Steam trains appeal to most people from train geeks to children, so something to look out for either at the stations along the route, or if you know a good vantage point near the railway tracks.
Timetable for the London Area
|Barking Upney Junction||10:06||20:57|
|Barking Station Junction||10:17||20:47|
|Leyton Midland Road||10:28||20:37|
|Harringay Park Jn||10:43||20:23|
|Junction Road Jn||10:47||20:17|
|Kensal Green Jn||11:07||20:03|
|Willesden Jn: High Level||11:11||20:01|
|Acton Wells Jn||11:15||19:57|
|South Acton Jn||11:20||19:52|
|Kew East Jn||11:27||19:47|
Route Map – subject to changes/delays, but should be accurate.
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