Steaming back to Suffolk

SUFFOLK: Things are set to get steamy on the county’s rail lines this spring and summer as iconic locomotive Oliver Cromwell has been lined up for THREE more visits.

The Britannia pacific locomotive is to pull the St Edmund train from London to Bury on April 27. It will travel from Liverpool Street up the West Anglia line to Cambridge before taking the branch to Bury.

From there it will carry on to Haughley junction where it joins the Great Eastern main line through Stowmarket, Ipswich, and Manningtree to London. It is expected to pass through Ipswich at about 2.30pm although the exact time will not be confirmed until a few days before the trip. That evening Oliver Cromwell will be hauling the Hook Continental from London to Harwich and back.

Oliver Cromwell will be returning to Suffolk on July 17 and September 18 at the head of “The Easterling” from London to Norwich and Lowestoft for a run down the East Suffolk line.

There were two runs of this train last year - the first proved so successful that a second was run. That also proved very popular and now there are two runs in 2010.

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This will give passengers the chance to travel behind steam along one of the most attractive lines in the region - passing through Saxmundham, Wickham Market and Woodbridge.

It re-creates a train that Oliver Cromwell hauled regularly when it was new in the 1950s. The trains are promoted by the Norfolk-based Railway Touring Company. For tickets, visit www.railway Tickets for the Easterling start at �74 for an adult. Tickets for the St Edmund train start at �39.

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