Oliver Cromwell returns to region

OLIVER Cromwell has made another triumphant trip through East Anglia, bringing the age of steam back to the main line.

OLIVER Cromwell has made another triumphant trip through East Anglia, bringing the age of steam back to the main line.

The Britannia Class pacific locomotive was at the head of the Cathedrals Express running between London and Norwich, recreating its heyday journeys of the 1950s.

The train, organised by Steam Dreams, was the first of two visits by Oliver Cromwell to East Anglia over the next few weeks.

On May 16 it will be travelling down the East Suffolk line, pulling a special train from Norwich to Lowestoft, Ipswich and London recreating the great holiday train the Easterling.

Today's train was the third “special” hauled by Oliver Cromwell over the line that was its first home when introduced in 1951 - and was another return to the region where it spent 35 years of retirement at the Bressingham Steam Museum on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.

When the engine returns next month, we will be looking for our readers to capture its journey on the East Suffolk line. Send us your pictures to starnews@eveningstar.co.uk