This Saturday there will be a chance to board a steam train in East London as it runs a route from Southend to the Bluebell Railway.
The heritage steam trains that pass through London usually stop only at the mainline terminus stations, but a 1948 era steam train will call at Barking to pick up passengers.
OK, you have to pay a princely price to be on board, but for bystanders, to see a steam train stop at a minor station is a rare enough sight to get a bit excited about.
The times are still be confirmed below, but the service is expected to leave Southend East at 7:45am, calling at Barking at 8:40am, and then looping around London to the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex.
The service returns in the evening, but will be hauled backwards by diesel locomotive.
Times though London
- 08:30am – Rainham (stopping)
- 08:35am – Dagenham Dock
- 08:40am – Barking (stopping at platform 8)
- 08:47am – Woodgrange Park
- 08:50am – Leytonstone High Road
- 08:55am – Walthamstow Queens Road
- 09:02am – South Tottenham
- 09:15am – Gospel Oak
- 09:20am – Finchley Road & Frognal
- 09:25am – Brondesbury Park
- 09:30am – Willesden Junction (passes platform 5)
- 09:40am – South Acton
- 10:00am – Brentford
- 10:05am – Hounslow
- 10:18am – Staines