A visit to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express
The Harry Potter train that takes young witches and wizards from platform nine and three quarters to Hogwarts is on display at York’s National Railway Museum.
The Olton Hall no. 5972 steam train, otherwise known as the Hogwarts Express, that takes Harry Potter and his wizarding friends to Hogwarts Schools of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has gone on display at York’s National Railway Museum. During a weekend in the historic city of York, I decided to pay the 1937 locomotive a visit.
Believe it or not, the steam train was very close to being scrapped before it was plucked for Hollywood stardom. Built in 1937, the Olton Hall was withdrawn from service in the 1960s. It was rescued in 1981 and refurbished in 1997 before winning the “role” in the Harry Potter films.
Here are some photographs I took from my visit.
Well, where else would you find the Hogwarts Express?
The little girl pictured told her friends: “I can’t believe it…I can’t BELIEVE it…what a great day…I’ve seen the REAL Harry Potter train!”
Not sure why they have changed the title on the front to The Wizard Express…perhaps a copyright issue?
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