This weekend is a good one for fans of steam trains, as there are four locomotives visiting London on Saturday – with one making a fairly rare visit to East London.
An early Christmas present to excite the kids – or please the adults who secretly still want to be kids.
The route details are below based on when they pass various train stations – and obviously, you can watch from the platforms or suitable nearby bridges and parks the trains pass through.
As usual with anything train related, delays can happen – I find the live departures/arrivals boards on Network Rail’s mobile website useful if a train hasn’t turned up as expected.
The steam train will run from Southend, entering London at Upminster, then looping along the London Overground line in mid to late morning, then out via Southhall. The train returns in the evening, but wont be steam hauled through London alas.
Times are Upminster (9:54am); Barking (10:16am); Gospel Oak (11:05am) then through Southall at 11:53am.
The train will leave Kings Cross at 9:08am, and head northwards via Finsbury Park and Potters Bar (9:30am) – returning to Potters Bar at 21:07 and King’s Cross again at 21:25.
Thirdly, the Orient Express will take a lunchtime trip from Victoria Station out via South-West London and return later in the afternoon.
Hauled by the 35028 Clan Line, the train departs Victoria at 12:28, then passes Clapham Junction (12:48), Twickenham (13:06) and Staines (13:18) – later retuning via East Croydon (15:25), Clapham Junction (15:41) and lastly into Victoria again at 4:05pm.
Finally, and not an option unless you like getting up early or staying out late, a steam train spending the night at Southall will make its way down to Gatwick for a trip across to Bath.
It will make a return trip in the evening passing East Croydon at 22:11, then up to Brixton (22:36) and Kensington Olympia (22:50) and out via Willesden Junction to Acton (23:12).
A rough map of the routes – as far as I am aware.
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