Oliver Cromwell steam train to pass through Welwyn Hatfield today

PUBLISHED: 07:16 28 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 26 October 2009

The Oliver Cromwell locomotive

The Oliver Cromwell locomotive

FOR the second time this month, Times Territory is set to get a taste of the golden age of steam. For locomotive Oliver Cromwell is today (Saturday) hauling her first train out of Cleethorpes for the first time in 40 years. The Great Northern tour, operat

FOR the second time this month, Times Territory is set to get a taste of the golden age of steam.

For locomotive Oliver Cromwell is today (Saturday) hauling her first train out of Cleethorpes for the first time in 40 years.

The Great Northern tour, operated by the Railway Touring Company, was setting off from the Lincolnshire seaside town just after 7am this morning.

Pick up points include Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Doncaster, before it heads south down the East Coast Main Line.

It is due to pass through Times Territory's stations - Knebworth, Welwyn North, WGC, Hatfield, Welham Green, Brookmans Park and Potters Bar - shortly after 1pm.

The steam engine, a Britannia Pacific 70013, will end its journey at London King's Cross.

It will return from the capital at 5.48pm - passing through Times Territory at about 6.15pm.

When it reaches Peterborough, a diesel locomotive will take over for the final leg back to Cleethorpes.

Three weeks ago, hundreds of people in Times Territory came out to see Tornado - the first main line steam engine to be built in the UK for 50 years - chug through.

* Are you going out to spot Oliver Cromwell today? Send us your photos by emailing whtimes@archant.co.uk

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