When and where can you see Oliver Cromwell travel through Suffolk on final journey today?

Oliver Cromwell will travel through Suffolk and across East Anglia today in what could be its final

Oliver Cromwell will travel through Suffolk and across East Anglia today in what could be its final journey. Picture: PAUL GEATER. - Credit: Archant

Steam icon Oliver Cromwell will travel through Suffolk today as the engine is to make what could be its final journey before retirement.

Oliver Cromwell as it passed through Ipswich en route to Norwich. Picture: SHAUN WATSON

Oliver Cromwell as it passed through Ipswich en route to Norwich. Picture: SHAUN WATSON - Credit: Archant

The engine will travel on the main line from London and through East Anglia - and is expected to attract a number of admirers to watch what could be its final visit to the region.

Oliver Cromwell’s boiler certificate runs out next month and there has been no decision on whether the National Railway Museum’s locomotive will be overhauled to return to the main line – or just kept as a static exhibit at one of the NRM’s sites.

Oliver Cromwell. Picture: NIGEL

Oliver Cromwell. Picture: NIGEL - Credit: Archant

The train will leave Colchester for Norwich between 11.44am and 11.57am, passing through - but not stopped at - Ipswich at about 12.30pm and beside Needham Lakes where a large crowd is likely to watch it at about 12.40pm.

It will arrive at Norwich Station’s platform 2 between 1.23pm and 1.33pm.


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The best places to see it in Ipswich are likely to be at Bourne Park just before 12.30pm and from Gippeswyck Park near the station as it passes by the former goods yard.

Its return trip will be during the darkness, leaving Norwich between 6.50pm and 7.06pm and returning to Colchester between 8.53pm and 9.06pm.


The Oliver Cromwell as it passed by Needham Lake. Picture: ALAN BALDRY

The Oliver Cromwell as it passed by Needham Lake. Picture: ALAN BALDRY - Credit: ALAN BALDRY

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We would love to see your pictures and video of the iconic steam engine travelling through the county.

To share them with us, email suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk


The Oliver Cromwell as it passed by Needham Lake. Picture: ALAN BALDRY

The Oliver Cromwell as it passed by Needham Lake. Picture: ALAN BALDRY - Credit: ALAN BALDRY

For full timings on the train’s journey and scheduled stops, visit the Steam Dreams website.

Oliver Cromwell approaching Needham Market. Picture: PETER BEARD

Oliver Cromwell approaching Needham Market. Picture: PETER BEARD - Credit: Peter Beard

oliver cromwell steam train passing through ipswich. Picture: GRAHAM MEADOWS

oliver cromwell steam train passing through ipswich. Picture: GRAHAM MEADOWS - Credit: graham meadows

The steam engine Oliver Cromwell travelling through Bentley. Picture: MICK WEBB

The steam engine Oliver Cromwell travelling through Bentley. Picture: MICK WEBB - Credit: Mick Webb

The Oliver Cromwell passing through Harold Wood today on its excursion to East Anglia. Picture: ROGE

The Oliver Cromwell passing through Harold Wood today on its excursion to East Anglia. Picture: ROGER LIGHTERNESS - Credit: Roger Lighterness

Oliver Cromwell leaving Colchester. Picture: GRAHAM FORD

Oliver Cromwell leaving Colchester. Picture: GRAHAM FORD - Credit: Graham Ford

Oliver Cromwell Train steaming through Brantham. Picture: PETER CUTTS

Oliver Cromwell Train steaming through Brantham. Picture: PETER CUTTS - Credit: peter cutts

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