UPDATE: And here it is as it went whooshing through!

The impressive steam loco Oliver Cromwell is scheduled to haul a train through Whitchurch this evening (Wednesday 4th September).

UPDATE: see video of the train below.

The Britannia-class locomotive No.70013 was built in 1951 and is particularly notable as it pulled the last British Rail passenger steam train in August 1968.

Wednesday’s excursion is from London to Weymouth via Winchester.

The return journey is via Salisbury Junction and it is scheduled to depart Andover towards Basingstoke at 7.25pm.

Whitchurch Station is a good place to view the train as it passes through at around 7.30pm.

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Wednesday morning:

Steam, Bicycles and Aeroplanes, with tea and cake thrown in.

Leave the puffing to the train:
A short impromptu ‘No Puff’ cycle ride to see Oliver Cromwell as it passes through Micheldever on its outward journey is being held.
Cycling out from Whitchurch to Micheldever, where the train is due just after 11.00am, then riding across to Popham for a cuppa and a cake at the airfield.
Leave Whitchurch around 10.00am – call 07963 237619.

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There was a cycle ride to Micheldever to see the Oliver Cromwell too.

UPDATE:
SEE MORE CYCLE RIDE PICTURES HERE


A video of the Oliver Cromwell and its carriages is on YouTube HERE.

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