A vintage steam train will be passing through Herefordshire next month.

Steam enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the Welsh Marches Express pass through the county on Saturday, March 5.

The train, pulled by the 7029 Clun Castle locomotive, will start its journey at Tyseley Locomotive Works, near Birmingham.

It will then stop at Birmingham New Street to pick up passengers, before going via Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury, where it will join the Marches line.


The 7029 Clun Castle was built in Swindon, in May 1950, by Great Western Railway and was named after the fortress in the south Shropshire border town.

Clun Castle was the last steam engine to haul a train from the original Birmingham Moor Street station before it closed, making way for the ‘new’ Moor Street station situated on the through lines to Snow Hill.

As it makes its way through Shropshire, it will pass through Craven Arms, Ludlow and Wooferton.

It will then steam through Leominster and Moreton-on-Lugg, en route to Hereford, where it is scheduled to arrive at 11:01.


The train will then stop in Hereford until 13:31 to give its passengers some sightseeing time in the city, before powering on to Bristol, via Newport and the Severn Tunnel.

It will then return on the Great Western mainline to Oxford before returning to Birmingham via Hatton Bank.