Railway enthusiasts and train-loving kids can track down the famous Flying Scotsman this weekend, as it makes its way through Gloucestershire on Saturday 12 June 2021.
Departing London Paddington for Worcester Shrub Hill at around 7.40am, the train hauled by steam locomotive No.60103 Flying Scotsman is starting its journey on the former Great Western Railway main line – picking up passengers in Slough, Reading and Didcot on the way.
Continuing through the Vale of White Horse to Swindon, the train will then take the Golden Valley line – giving locals the opportunity to see the famous locomotive in action as it steams through Kemble and climbs up to Sapperton Railway Tunnel.
Bypassing Gloucester, it will then head northwards through Cheltenham towards Abbotswood Junction on its journey to the cathedral city of Worcester.
There’s also the chance to see the Flying Scotsman on its return journey to London in the late afternoon, as it picks up the former Great Western Railway route from Standish Junction.
It’ll then climb steadily through Stroud and Chalford on its ascent through the Golden Valley – once again entering the Sapperton Tunnel at the top of its climb.
The train will then descend through Kemble as it heads onwards to London via Wiltshire.
Train fans can also see the famous steam train take the same route later in the year when it returns to the Cotswolds on Saturday 21 August 2021 – with tickets available for the Cotswold Venturer trip via organisers, The Railway Touring Company.
For more information, call The Railway Touring Company on (01553) 661500.
By Annabel Lammas
Tuesday 08 June 2021
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