Vintage steam train 35028 Clan Line makes journey through Surrey – recap

Rail enthusiasts enjoyed a treat this afternoon (Friday April 8) as vintage steam locomotive 35028 Clan Line travelled through Surrey. The engine was built in 1948 as one of 30 Merchant Navy class steam locomotives that were designed by Oliver Bulleid for the Southern Railway, and it stayed in service with British Railways until the mainline stopped using steam engines in 1967.

Since that time the Clan Line has been kept in pristine condition by a dedicated team of volunteers, and she is currently based at Stewarts Lane depot in Battersea, London. Today the engine pulled a luxury Belmond British Pullman rail tour, with passengers enjoying a five-star dining service as they travel through the Surrey Hills.

The service left London Victoria just after 11:45am, heading towards Brentford before making its way into Surrey and terminating at Chertsey at around 1:40pm. The return journey departed 15 minutes later, heading towards Woking, Guildford, Dorking and Redhill before arriving back in central London shortly after 4pm.

SurreyLive had live updates throughout the afternoon as this beautiful piece of British railway history made its journey through the county. Check below for the updates as they happened!

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