Flying Scotsman: Live updates as world-famous locomotive heads through Bristol to Cardiff

We follow the Flying Scotsman’s journey toward Wales

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The world-famous Flying Scotsman has started its journey from London to Wales as part of its centenary tour - and will make stops in the Bristol region where dozens will line platforms to see it.

The locomotive left London Paddington this morning at 7.50am. It has since taken a route along the Thames Valley toward Cardiff on one of its expeditions marking its 100th anniversary this year.

The locomotive will be seen at Westerleigh Junction before stopping at Bristol Parkway at 11.16am. It will then go via Patachway to Pilning, where it will stop again at 11.27am.

Despite the excitement, Network Rail has reminded people to keep a safe distance and not to go near the tracks.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Seeing Flying Scotsman is an exciting event for many people and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the occasion, so we can’t stress enough how important it is to keep safe at the same time.

Live updates below

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Where you can see the Flying Scotsman today

The route has been provivded by Realtime Trains . Here’s the route for the Flying Scotsman on June 7, all stations in bold are confirmed stops:

  • Didcot Parkway - 9.22am - Departs 9.25am
  • Foxhall Junction
  • Wantage Road
  • Challow - 10.16am - Departs 10.18am
  • Uffington
  • Swindon - 10.33am - Departs 10.43am
  • Wootton Bassett Junction
  • Hullavington
  • Westerleigh Junction
  • Bristol Parkway - 11.16am - Departs 11.18am
  • Patchway
  • Pilning - 11.27am - Departs 11.57am
  • Severn Tunnel East
  • Severn Tunnel West
  • Severn Tunnel Junction
  • Llanwern West Junction
  • Maindee East Junction
  • Maindee North Junction - 12.36pm - Departs 12.44pm
  • Maindee West Junction
  • Newport
  • Ebbw Junction
  • Marshfield
  • Long Dyke Junction
  • Cardiff Central - Arrives 1.24pm

Pilning - the station you can get a train in only ONE direction

The Flying Scotsman will be stopping at Pilning at 11.27am - local rail enthusiasts will know the station well for having just one open platform providing access to Bristol-bound trains only.

It means some people take a circular route by getting a train to Severn Beach from Bristol, and then walking across to Pilning and getting the train back. There are a few good pubs in the area too!

Locomotive leaving Didcot

Fantastic shot taken by Andrew Batt at Twyford this morning as the locomotive departed the station

Flying Scotsman leaving Twyford earlier on its way to Bristol and Wales (Photo credit: @andrewbatt5)Flying Scotsman leaving Twyford earlier on its way to Bristol and Wales (Photo credit: @andrewbatt5)
Flying Scotsman leaving Twyford earlier on its way to Bristol and Wales (Photo credit: @andrewbatt5)

Next stop Bristol Parkway

Train is now on its way to Bristol Parkway and will be passing through Westerleigh Junction shortly. It won’t be passing Yate railway station as this is on the line toward Birmingham.

Due to arrive at Bristol Parkway at 11.16am.

In Newport earlier today

Video on departure from Didcot earlier today