Hogwarts Express steam train to join Warner Bros Studio Tour

Hogwarts Express steam train to join Warner Bros Studio Tour

It has quickly become one of the most famous steam trains across the globe and now movie fans will be able to see the Hogwarts Express in all its glory.

Anyone who has seen JK Rowling's Harry Potter franchise of films will be familiar with this locomotive. Responsible for ferrying Harry, Ron and Hermione to Hogwarts for the very first time in Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone the train has been an ever-present throughout the series.

Who could forget when Harry and Ron steal the flying car and are almost run off the Glenfinnan Viaduct by the Hogwarts Express? The locomotive has had a number of memorable scenes in the film series and has been commemorated at London King's Cross Station with a special Platform 9¾ exhibition.

Now, film buffs and steam train enthusiasts will be able to view the Hogwarts Express in all its glory as it becomes a main feature of the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London. The 5972 Olton Hall locomotive forms part of a new exhibition which opens on March 19th.

Visitors will be able to sit in the same seat as Harry and enjoy some chocolate frogs while, thanks to Oscar-winning special effects artist John Richardson, the locomotive will be rigged with artificial steam. The exhibition has already been impressing some of the cast members.

Mark Williams, who played Ron's father Arthur Weasley, said: "I've really enjoyed being back at the Studio Tour, seeing the original Hogwarts Express and the superb recreation of Platform 9¾

"People don't always realise that the school train was in fact a real working locomotive which has been transporting passengers up and down the country since 1937."

The route of the Hogwarts Express was filmed in the Scottish Highlands running along the line of the current Jacobite Steam Train. This journey provided stunning sweeping shots of Ben Nevis, Steall Falls and the surrounding lochs.