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Published on Dec 17, 2011
A1 Locomotive Trust Limited A1 Class No: 60163 Tornado whistles as it goes North Up the West London Line through West Brompton at the head of the Up Cathedral's Express from Ashford-International to Bath and return. It's Saturday 17th December 2011 at about 09:55 and Tornado was right on time. From West Brompton Tornado would head North to Willesden then swing North to South (an inverted U) and head onto the North & South Western Junction as far as Acton Wells Junction. There the train would head west and drop down a bank and join the Great Western main line at Acton-Main-Line. Another bit of trivia. Tornado's train was the 100th down steam special in the London area in 2011. This was Tornado's 3rd of four excursions it's hauling all within 8 days subject to no cancellations. West Brompton (WBP) is a simple two-road station. I filmed Tornado on the Up road and I was on the Up Platform. There are normally five trains per hour calling here. Two London Overground for Willesden Junction, two London Overground for Stratford and one Southern train for Milton Keynes Central. The Down Platform is a sort of island with the London Underground District Line. Also here there five trains per hour. Four London Overground for Clapham Junction and a Southern train for South Croydon. The original WBP station was opened by the West London Extension Joint Committee in 1863 and it was used by heavy commuter traffic to the Great Western main-line and Kensington-Addison Road, now Olympia.
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