Flying Scotsman London to Cardiff: Where to see the train including stops and key timings

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The Flying Scotsman is set to make a return trip from London to Cardiff this week with multiple stops - here’s where to see the train

The Flying Scotsman is set to make a scenic trip from London Paddington to Cardiff on Wednesday, June 7. The iconic locomotive will travel through the Thames Valley and along the River Severn near Bristol before reaching Cardiff, the capital of Wales.

The train will leave London Paddington in the morning before making its way to Slough where it will pick up more passengers. The train will then follow the Great Western Railway main line where it will stop for more passengers in Swindon and Bristol Parkway.

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Passengers will get to spend three hours exploring Cardiff before the steam train, being hauled by the Flying Scotsman, will then return via Reading and Slough before terminating at London Paddington.

Tickets are still available to purchase via the Railway Touring Company website despite the page saying the event is fully booked.

The Railway Touring Company and the National Railway Museum appreciate there is considerable interest in Flying Scotsman, but stress that anyone wishing to see Flying Scotsman on route should do so from a safe and permitted place - trespassing along rail lines or into prohibited areas of railway stations is dangerous.

It is vital that spectators do not venture onto the railway when Flying Scotsman is on the mainline as a full timetable of regular services will also be running. For safety, keep away from the railway line.

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The Railway Touring Company and the National Railway Museum appreciate there is considerable interest in Flying Scotsman, but stress that anyone wishing to see Flying Scotsman on route should do so from a safe and permitted place - trespassing along rail lines or into prohibited areas of railway stations is dangerous.

It is vital that spectators do not venture onto the railway when Flying Scotsman is on the mainline as a full timetable of regular services will also be running. For safety, keep away from the railway line.

To avoid overcrowding and incidents of trespass and to assist the British Transport Police and Network Rail, The Railway Touring Company and the National Railway Museum will not publish details of Flying Scotsman’s route or journey times – this includes positioning moves.

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.

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“It’s vital that you watch from a safe distance and don’t go on or near the tracks. Trespassing on the railway is incredibly dangerous and can have devastating consequences, as well as being illegal. You could face a fine of up to £1,000 and be left with a criminal record. Please remember to watch from a distance and behave responsibly so that everyone is able to safely enjoy the sight of the historic locomotive.”

Where can I see the Flying Scotsman on June 7

The Flying Scotsman will leave London Paddington in the morning of June 7. The locomotive will be making a return journey later in the day so there are a couple of times to try and catch a view of the train.

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:

  • London Paddington - Departs 7.50am
  • Royal Oak Junction
  • Portobello Junction
  • Ladbroke Grove
  • Acton West
  • West Ealing
  • Southall
  • Heathrow Airport Junction
  • Slough - 8.20am - Departs 8.22am
  • Maidenhead
  • Twyford
  • Kennet Bridge Junction
  • Reading - 8.48am - Departs 8.56am
  • Reading West Junction
  • Goring and Streatley
  • Didcot East Junction
  • 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
Here’s the route the Flying Scotsman will take this week on its return journey from London to CardiffHere’s the route the Flying Scotsman will take this week on its return journey from London to Cardiff
Here’s the route the Flying Scotsman will take this week on its return journey from London to Cardiff

Return Journey

The Flying Scotsman return journey from Cardiff to London is as follows:

  • Cardiff Central - Departs 4.50pm
  • Long Dyke Junction  
  • Marshfield
  • Ebbw Junction
  • Newport
  • Maindee West Junction
  • Llanwern West Junction
  • Severn Tunnel Junction
  • Severn Tunnel West
  • Severn Tunnel East
  • Pilning
  • Patchway
  • Bristol Parkway - 5.48pm - Departs 6.30pm
  • Westerleigh Junction
  • Hullavington
  • Wootton Bassett Junction - 7.04pm - Departs 7.16pm
  • Swindon - 7.27pm - Departs 7.42pm
  • Uffington
  • Challow
  • Wantage Road
  • Seventon
  • Milton Junction - 8.12pm - Departs 8.35pm
  • Foxhall Junction
  • Didcot Parkway - 8.41pm - Departs 8.44pm
  • Didcot East Junction
  • Goring and Streatley
  • Reading West Junction
  • Reading - 9.07pm - Departs 9.10pm
  • Kennet Bridge Junction
  • Twyford
  • Maidenhead
  • Slough - 9.32pm - Departs 9.35pm
  • Heathrow Airport Junction
  • Southall
  • West Ealing
  • Acton West  
  • Acton Main Line
  • Ladbroke Grove
  • Portobello Junction
  • Royal Oak Junction
  • London Paddington - Arrives 10.07pm

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