UKRJ S1 Ep 18 Our return to Paddington

Our return to Paddington – UK Rail Journeys Series 1 – Episode 18

In Our return to Paddington our two steam locomotives power us out of Wales and up the Great Western mainline to Paddington.

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Watering at Craven Arms:

We stop for water at Craven Arms. It takes quite a long time to water both our locomotives! At least we expected to stop at Craven Arms today – unlike on Sunday.


We reach Hereford and our passengers have the chance to get off the train and take a look at the famous city. The city, at the heart of Herefordshire, is on a loop of the River Wye. There is the cathedral in golden-stone, there are half-timbered houses, many independent shops and the Old Market.

We have a couple of hours to enjoy the sights of the city.


Another service stop. Our locomotives are supplied with both coal and water. Enough coal for us to reach our final destination at Paddington.

Dinner is in full swing when we reach Gloucester but there is enough time for passengers to get a photograph of the catering team..


We’re running late by the time we reach Reading where we say goodbye to some of our fellow travellers. Safe journey home!


We reach Paddington just over an hour late. We left our hotels over 14 hours ago and have been travelling ever since. It has been a wonderful trip – my thanks to everyone involved in delivering it.

Listen to the podcast to hear the full story of our journey back to Paddington.

That’s it!

This is the last podcast in the first series of UK Rail Journeys – there will be more!


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