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Historic steam engine returning to Shropshire on Thursday - when and where you can see it

Steam enthusiasts have another chance to see an iconic locomotive visit Shropshire this week.

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60007 Sir Nigel Gresley returns

A4 pacific No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley will once again be hauling the Welsh Marches Express between Bristol and Shrewsbury, bringing another sell-out train full of tourists to the county town.

The train starts its journey at Woking in Surrey just after 6am, with a diesel engine taking passengers to Bristol via Salisbury and Bath.

Once at Bristol, the 1937-built loco will take over the train and head to Shrewsbury via Newport, Hereford and Ludlow.

It's the latest in a series of Welsh Marches Express trip hauled by the blue A4, which was constructed by the London & North Eastern Railway to take express passenger trains between London King's Cross, the North East of England and Scotland.

After setting the official post-war speed record for steam locomotives in 1959 when it reached 112mph, it was withdrawn from service by British Railways in January 1966 and bought by the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust Ltd.

Its most-recent overhaul was completed last year, and since then it has hauled excursion trains around the country, running in British Railways blue that express passenger locos carried between the late 1940s and early 1950s.