Steam returns to the Big Smoke

No. 45212
Take a gander at a Black 5 locomotive through London this Saturday
Published Mon, 2017-11-27 14:30

This weekend steam enthusiasts are in for an early christmas present as the Cathedral's Express steam service, pulled by a Black 5 engine, will pass through North London on its journey from Southend to Alresford.




Black Five No. 45212 © Creative Commons Licence

The loco will chug along parts of the London Overground network during its journey, carrying those lucky enough to have tickets for a two-course meal as they take in the variety of sights on their way to the Watercress Line at Alresford. Bystanders will have to make do with cold platforms and viewpoints along the route to catch a view of the Black 5 locomotive!

The Black 5 No. 45212 is owned by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and normally based there. In 2017, it was fitted with the necessary equipment for main line running and has now been certified for main line use. The engine was one of 226 engines, the largest order ever placed with a private builder by a British Railway Company, with the order being worth £2.7 million.

The service will depart from Southend East just after 9am, and pass through Stratford station at 10:14am and Camden Road at 10:31am as well as many other London stations on its journey to Alresford. The evening return journey will be diesel hauled, not steam.

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