A historic steam locomotive is traveling through several stations across Wrexham and Shropshire this week. 

The 70000 Britannia was completed at Crewe works in January 1951 at a cost of £20,325.

The train is traveling from Shrewsbury to Crewe and back this week and train enthusiasts will have a chance to take a glimpse at the historic locomotive today,  tomorrow and Friday.


Exact times and the train's progress on the day can be viewed via Real Time Trains.

The locomotive from Crewe to Shrewsbury will be passing the following stations: Wrexham General - 10.59am, Ruabon - 11.05am, Chirk - 11.10am, Gobowen - 11.13am, Shrewsbury 11.39am-11.49am.


It comes just a fortnight after the Mayflower travelled along the line to the delight of rail enthusiasts.

During its first appearances in 1951 the 70000 Britannia was painted black and was seen to be unnamed for the first four weeks of its career.

It was trialed between Crewe and Carlisle to begin with, and re-entered Crewe Works for its final paint finish of Brunswick Green, lined out with orange and black in which livery it was named at Marylebone Station, in London on January 30, 1951 by the Minister of Transport.

In early 1952 the locomotive acted as a Royal Train Engine hauling the funeral train of King George Sixth, from Kings Lynn to Kings Cross.

The train was withdrawn from service May 1966, however returned to steam at the Severn Valley Railway in 1978. 

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