The first of this year’s steam train visits to London takes place this Saturday with trains visiting Victoria, Paddington and Kings Cross.

The details below may help you find a suitable location to watch from the sidelines, or be at a station they pass through at the right time. Be generous when allowing for delays, they have to slot the Steam trains into the gaps between scheduled services.

It’s also been announced that no steam trains — or specifically, chartered trains — will be allowed into London during the Olympics. Also, by coincidence, when the Jubilee Pageant starts later this year, it will be inaugurated by a blast from a steam train on the railway bridge over the Thames where the Pageant musters.

Back to this weekend…

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West London

Pathfinder Tours will be running the King Edward I 6024 on one of its last tours on its current mainline certificate from Bristol into Paddington, and then back out again a few hours later.

This is likely to be the final visit of 6024 to Paddington before the route is transformed by the Great Western Main line electrification project along with Crossrail. On the topic of Crossrail, it might be possible if you have a really good lens and a lot of luck, to get a photo of the steam train and the Crossrail tunnel boring machines in the same photo as the train passes Royal Oak heading into Paddington.


Slough 11:48
Acton West 12:00
London Paddington 12:10


London Paddington 16:35
Acton West 16:44
Slough 17:05

South London

The Orient Express is running the 35028 Clan Line out of Victoria Station on a posh lunchtime trip via Richmond and then loop around and return later the day via East Croydon.


London Victoria 12:28
Clapham Junction 12:48
Barnes 12:54
Twickenham 13:06
Staines 13:18
Virginia Water 13:28


Purley 15:21
East Croydon 15:25
Selhurst 15:32
Clapham Junction 15:40
London Victoria 16:05

North London

Finally, the Railway Touring Company is running the 70013 Oliver Cromwell out of Kings Cross at an uncomfortably early hour, and back in again at a more reasonable time in the evening.


London Kings Cross 07:12
Finsbury Park 07:19
Potters Bar 07:31


Potters Bar 21:04
Finsbury Park 21:17
London Kings Cross 21:24


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  1. RobH

    A dedicated enthusiast (with a fast car) could catch all 3 on their inbound & outbound journeys!

  2. Neil Mac

    Sounds amazing. Any idea which platform the Orient will be on at Clapham Junction?

    • IanVisits

      Best to check locally which platforms generally have trains towards Richmond and that is likely to be the ones.

    • greatkingrat

      Richmond trains leave from platforms 5/6 at Clapham Junction (which are opposite sides of the same platform)

  3. Annette Lane

    can some 1 please help: which Steam is running on the northern line today…

    • IanVisits

      The details are in the sentence about it in the blog post above.

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