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…
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.
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Estimates of the Route Maps
View Steam trains on 3rd March 2012 in a larger map