Steaming through the county

STEAM enthusiasts in Suffolk will have another chance to glimpse an express train pounding through the county next week.The Cathedrals Express, hauled by Southern Railway "Merchant Navy" class pacific locomotive Canadian Pacific will be passing through the county on Tuesday evening.

By Paul Geater

STEAM enthusiasts in Suffolk will have another chance to glimpse an express train pounding through the county next week.

The Cathedrals Express, hauled by Southern Railway "Merchant Navy" class pacific locomotive Canadian Pacific will be passing through the county on Tuesday evening.

The train will be returning to London after paying its first ever visit to Norwich.

It is the first Cathedral Express of the year – and it will be paying several more visits to East Anglia throughout 2002.

The train takes a circular route from Liverpool Street – on the outward journey it travels via Cambridge, Ely and Thetford. And on the way back it travels direct through Diss, Stowmarket, Ipswich, and Colchester.

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It is scheduled to pass through Stowmarket at 18.50, Ipswich at 19.10, and Manningtree at 19.23 on Tuesday.

The train, hauled either by Canadian Pacific or its smaller stable-mate Bodmin, is scheduled to return to East Anglian rails on June 12, July 17, August 28, and September 25.

Tuesday's train – which will run despite it being the same day as the Queen Mother's funeral – is almost fully booked although there are a few seats left in the Premier Dining class.

Details and bookings can be made through operators Steam Dreams at www.steamdreams.co.uk or telephone them on 01483-209888.

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