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Hogwarts Express

The Hogwarts Express trains have arrived at Universal Orlando. Here are 5 of the best images of them that have been posted online so far.

Linking the existing Wizarding of World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure with the under-construction Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, the Hogwarts Express is one of the most highly-anticipated theme park rides of all time. Riders will experience the journey between Kings Cross Station in London and Hogsmeade, just as Harry and his friends do in the movies and books.

As it did with the original Wizarding World, Universal is pulling out all the stops to make this as authentic an experience as possible. That includes creating some amazingly realistic-looking replicas of the Hogwarts Express as seen in the movies. And remember, these are not to be confused with existing, stationary model of the Hogwarts Express that sits at the entrance to the original Wizarding World. These things will move!

First up, here's an official shot from Universal of one of the trains being lowered onto the tracks:

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Image © Universal Orlando Resort

Below, Orlando Informer offers a look at the entire train, complete with carriages:

Just got my Halloween treat: a great view of @UniversalORL's #HogwartsExpress from Vineland Ave pic.twitter.com/scoFH8c3fu

— Orlando Informer (@OrlandoInformer) October 31, 2013

Here's another angle, from Matt Guyver:

@MuggleNet @thrillgeek @ThemeParkReview @screamscape Another angle of the hogwarts express on the tracks pic.twitter.com/2lQuC23K0o

— mattguyver (@mattguyver) October 24, 2013

Finally, here are two wonderful photos from author and Universal Orlando expert Seth Kubersky. The first shows one of the train being positioned on the tracks, while the other waits below (the two trains will pass each other on a section of split track midway through the Hogwarts Express circuit).

First photos of Hogwarts Express locomotive on the tracks! @UniversalORL #wwohp .@skubersky pic.twitter.com/tRuxPTnfID

— TouringPlans (@TouringPlans) October 24, 2013

The second photo is just simply stunning (click on it to see a larger version):

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Keep up with the latest on the Hogwarts Express!

Head on over to our dedicated Hogwarts Express page to keep an eye on all the latest developments surrounding this one-of-a-kind attraction.

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