A steam locomotive is set to tour Cardiff this Wednesday

A steam locomotive from the Locomotive Services Ltd pool will be back to steam on the main line and will be in and around Shrewsbury on Wednesday 11 August 2021.

RailAdvent is awaiting confirmation on which locomotive will carry this Wednesday’s tour.

The locomotive is on a special railtour on Wednesday with the steam locomotive hauling the Welsh Marches Express. The tour sees the steam locomotive steam through Shrewsbury and Hereford towards Cardiff Central.

The train tour will depart Wigan North Western behind diesel locomotives at 05.26am and pass through St Helens Central (05.42am), Huyton (05.54am), Broad Green (06.01am), Liverpool Lime Street (06.19am), Liverpool South Parkway (06.47am), Runcorn (07:00), Hartford (07:18) and Crewe at 07:42, where the steam locomotive is tied up.

The train tour will then leave Crewe at 8.17am, then pass through Wrenbury (8.30am), Shrewsbury (8.59am), Craven Arms (9.34am), Hereford (10.12am), Abergavenny (11.27am), Newport (12.17pm) and Cardiff Central at 12.42pm.

On the return journey, the steam locomotive will leave Cardiff Central at 3.20pm, then pass through Newport (3.41pm), Abergavenny (4.11pm), Hereford (4.40pm), Leominster (5.50pm), Craven Arms (6.10pm), Shrewsbury (6.42pm), Wem ( 7:00 p.m.), Nantwich (7:21 p.m.) and Crewe at 7:30 p.m.

The steam locomotive is detached at Crewe, and the diesels will take over. Departing Crewe at 8.02pm, the train will pass through Hartford (8.24pm), Runcorn (8.41pm), Liverpool South Parkway (8.52pm), Liverpool Lime Street (9.05pm), Broad Green (9.29pm), Huyton (9.35pm), St Helens Central ( 9.48pm) and Wigan North Western at 10.11pm.


For the schedules of these movements, please click on the links below:

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As always, please respect the dangers of the railway. Please do not trespass on the tracks to see this iconic locomotive – stick to public access points!

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