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
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