Those who love Harry Potter movies probably won’t forget the Hogwarts rails. In fact, it is a real-life railway with the name Jacobite Steam Train in Scotland. Let’s try once to take this train!
For those who have fallen in love with the Harry Potter episodes, the scene of the ship appearing each part, bringing Harry and his friends from station 9 ¾ to Hogwarts is a spectacle that never forgets. However, it is not just a product of skill when that beautiful winding track is completely real. Although its real name is Jacobite Steam Train, this ancient Scottish railroad is still called by the beloved Hogwarts rails.
Nowadays, instead of Hogwarts rails, visitors can choose Hogwarts Express, which operates from April to October, is a two-way train on the road about 120 km. It gives visitors a journey through the Scottish countryside. Unfortunately, this train did not depart from Hall 9 and 3/4 at Kings Cross Station in London in real life. Instead, the train leaves Fort William to Mallaig, a plateau in Scotland.
There is no Hogwarts magic school as the destination but the train, operated by the West Coast Railways, is very similar to the train in the Harry Potter film. According to fans, when sitting on the train, they always felt like witches were on their way to the magic school. And once you are in Scotland, you will easily find your own Harry Potter tour because most places are inspired by J.K Rowling to write your story.
Fares for Hogwarts Express‘s trip are USD 50 for adults and USD 20 for children (under 12 years old). Detailed information is available on the West Coast Railways website.
This is not the only train like Hogwarts Express in the UK. Another train operated by the North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railway Trust also offers passengers a very Harry Potter experience, including a stop at Goathland station just like Hogsmeade station in the film. In Philadelphia (USA), there is also a Hogwarts Express in 2017, departing from Jefferson station to a special Harry Potter-themed event.