DID YOU KNOW
To create the Hogwarts Express, the filmmakers rescued an abandoned steam locomotive named Olton Hall (no. 5972). Built in 1937 by the Great Western Railway, Olton Hall ran until 1963, when, sadly, it ended up in a South Wales scrap yard. After it was found in 1977, Olton Hall was fully restored for use in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. The train was painted crimson, which is the antithesis of the traditional Great Western Railway standard colour of Brunswick green. The engine itself was fitted with new nameplates, as it was now called Hogwarts Express, and it pulled four British Rail Mark 1 carriages.