After a highly successful Cotswold Festival of Steam, which saw nearly 5,000 passengers carried over four days of the Bank Holiday weekend (23-26 May), the star locomotive – bright red No. 5972 which is better known as Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter movies – is running again this weekend, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May. Also at Toddington this weekend is Victory, said to be the world’s largest transportable concert organ which is going on to give a concert along with smaller sister organ Locomotion, during Saturday evening. Two great and magical reasons to pay the railway a visit on Saturday or Sunday!
Locomotive no. 5972, which stars as Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter movies, running again this weekend!
World’s biggest concert organ at Toddington this weekend!
Double steam treat! Not only is the biggest and heaviest star of the Harry Potter films, steam locomotive 5972 Olton Hall which acts as ‘Hogwarts Castle’, continuing to run this weekend at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, but while you’re waiting to catch the train at Toddington, you will be entertained by Victory, the world’s biggest transportable concert organ!
Bright red No. 5972, better known as Hogwarts Castle, was a hit during the GWR’s Cotswold Festival of Steam and it is staying on the railway for this coming weekend, 30th and 31st May.
The engine will run three return trips to Cheltenham Racecourse, departing Toddington at 10.30, 13,00 and 15.15; and from Cheltenham Racecourse 11.15, 14.00 and 16.00. A second engine, the first locomotive ever to reach 100mph, No. 3440 City of Truro is also running, departing from Toddington at 11.30; 14.14 and 16.30 and from Cheltenham Racecourse 12.15; 15.00 and 17.20.
Tuneful treat! Throughout the weekend, Victory, said to be the world’s biggest mobile concert organ will be playing at Toddington station. The 118-key Victory was built in 2003 by Belgian builders Verbeek and has no fewer than 1,133 pipes as well as a host of other instruments. It will be playing a wide repertoire of popular and classical music including, of course, the Harry Potter theme tune.
On Saturday evening the organ, with sister organ Locomotion, will be performing in concert complete with video show as dusk falls. Refreshments will be available or, bring a picnic!
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