Train enthusiasts will get another opportunity to see an iconic steam engine as it makes its way through Herefordshire this week.

70000 Britannia, which passed through the county last Friday, will be making another appearance, forming the front of the Welsh Marches Express tour from Poole to Shrewsbury this Wednesday (September 7).

The train will make its way through, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset stopping in Bournemouth, Southampton, Bath Spa and Bristol before passing through the Severn Tunnel, and Newport and Abergavenny.

It will then steam through Hereford, Leominster and Ludlow, before arriving at Shrewsbury at 1.05pm.


It will stop in the Shropshire town for over two hours before leaving at 3.45pm and making its way back through the county on its return journey to Poole.

Exact timings for its passing through Herefordshire are not known at this stage, but it is likely to appear in the south of the county before midday.


Britannia was built at Crewe, and completed in January 1951.

It was initially based at Stratford to transport East Anglian expresses to Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

The locomotive also pulled the funeral train of King George VI from King's Lynn to London following his death at Sandringham House in February 1952.