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HOLIDAYS BY STEAM 2019 – 2021 Including May 2019 Highlands and Islands with Flying Scotsman


Mayflower and Flying Scotsman head a special train across Newbiggin Viaduct in May 1976. We will be re-uniting them in 2019.

WELCOME Welcome to our 2018 Holidays by Steam brochure which begins with some big news – for the first time in four years The Cathedrals Explorer will be returning to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and this time it is planned to take Flying Scotsman not just to Edinburgh but through the Highlands to Inverness and back – a first for this famous loco since it came back on the mainline. This very special holiday offers options covering the highways and byways of Northern and Western Scotland as well as the option to spend two days on the magical island of Skye. Our 2019 programme is completed with the Angel of the North departing from London where we will be travelling through and picking up across East Anglia as we head north to visit a part of Britain that has both lots of history and is also a centre for modern culture. After a two year break we also return to Ireland but this time for a shorter holiday of 5 nights in Killarney and Galway as we explore the South and West of Ireland and in particular the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. Finally, we have further details of our proposed holidays in the USA and New Zealand which are now scheduled for The Great Lakes Explorer in October 2020 and the Kiwi Explorer in October 2021.


CONTENTS

Highlands and Islands with Flying Scotsman: Pages 6 – 17 May 2019

Angel of the North: Pages 18 – 20 June 2019

Emerald Isle Craic Express to the Wild Atlantic Way: Pages 22 – 27 September 2019

The Great Lakes Explorer – Fall 2020: Pages 28 – 31

New Zealand: Pages 32 – 35 October 2021

WELCOME AND CONTENTS

The Lakes Express With Flying Scotsman: Pages 4 & 5 June 2018

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THE LAKES EXPRESS WITH FLYING SCOTSMAN MONDAY 18TH JUNE 2018 – THURSDAY 21ST JUNE 2018 A chance to enjoy a fantastic holiday by steam to one of Britain’s most beautiful tourist destinations, the Lake District. Day 1: London to the Lake District with Flying Scotsman Monday 18th June 2018 Leaving London Victoria with the world’s most famous steam locomotive, Flying Scotsman, at the front of our train we head north along one of the main arteries of Britain’s railways, the West Coast Main Line. With today’s passenger trains scheduled to run at 125mph Flying Scotsman will be put through her paces to keep the schedule as she steams north. We arrive early evening at the world famous Carnforth Station, location for the 1930s romantic film Brief Encounter. From here passengers staying with Steam Dreams will be transferred by coach to their hotels.

Day 2: Optional excursions – including Settle and Carlisle Railway with the Dalesman Tuesday 19th June 2018 Today passengers will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of optional excursions including travelling over one of northern England’s most scenic railways the world famous Settle & Carlisle Railway on ‘The Dalesman’ steam train. Alternatively visit Brantwood House and enjoy a journey on the Steam Yacht Gondola, take a trip to Hill Top Farm (Home to Beatrix Potter) and Hawkshead or have a relaxing day at leisure in the Lakes.


Day 3: Lake District Wednesday 20th June 2018 Passengers will be able to enjoy a day at leisure, visiting the many sights in this beautiful part of England and, for steam lovers, there will be an opportunity to visit the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and the narrow gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

Day 4: Carnforth to London Victoria by steam train Thursday 21st June 2018 We are joined today by a new steam locomotive, likely to be one of 35018 British India Line, 45699 Galatea, 45690 Leander or 61306 Mayflower. Leaving from Carnforth station late in the morning we head south on the West Coast Main Line dropping off at Rugby and Milton Keynes as we go before arriving into London Victoria in the evening. THE LAKES EXPRESS

Belsfield Hotel

MacDonald Old England Hotel

MacDonald Old England Hotel

Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel

One of the finest 4* Lake District hotels. Set on the shores of Lake Windermere this grand old hotel offers breathtaking scenery. Its prime position on the lake front gives unrivalled views over the gardens, to private jetties and moorings on the lake.

Built in 1845, this award-winning hotel stands in 6 acres of gardens with unparalleled views over Lake Windermere. Enjoy the beautiful designer furnishings in the en suite rooms.

Premium Standard passengers will stay at the Hydro Hotel in Bowness. Fares Pullman Style Dining Premier Dining First Class Premium Standard

Fares (without hotel, per person) £799 £649 £499 £349

Fares (with hotels, per person) Single Double/Twin supplement £1199 £325 £999 £300 £849 £300 £599 £175

Table for 2 supplement £150 £100 – –

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HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS WITH FLYING SCOTSMAN THURSDAY 9TH MAY 2019 – FRIDAY 17TH MAY 2019 This nine day holiday taking in some truly spectacular Highland scenery will be a magical tour. This is the first time Flying Scotsman has been to Northern Scotland since its refurbishment. In Fort William Pullman passengers will also be staying in the most luxurious accommodation Steam Dreams has yet offered and with long daylight hours, lakes, mountains, sea, islands and (hopefully!) sun this holiday is not to be missed. Day 1: London to Edinburgh with Flying Scotsman

Day 2: Edinburgh to Inverness with Flying Scotsman

Thursday 9th May 2019

Friday 10th May 2019

After leaving London Kings Cross behind modern traction for a quick run to York we will be joined by Flying Scotsman, on the beautiful stretch of railway for which it was built. As dining passengers enjoy dinner we will cruise along the East Coast Main Line past beautiful vistas including Durham Cathedral, the Angel of the North, Holy Island, over the Royal Border Bridge and into Edinburgh.

After breakfast in our hotels we set out mid morning over the World Heritage site, the Forth Railway Bridge with Flying Scotsman. Our route from here will take us to Perth, before taking the highland route through the Cairngorms before travelling across the north east of Scotland to the capital of the Highlands.


Hotels in Inverness:

Dunrobin Castle

Non dining passengers will be staying at the Premier Inn in Inverness.

Saturday 11th May 2019 We are joined by a new steam locomotive for today, B1 Class 61306 Mayflower, which will take our optional day trip north from Inverness across the beautiful scenery to the famous castle of Dunrobin. There will be time to explore the magnificent castle and grounds, ancestral home of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Passengers who opt to remain for a day at leisure in Inverness will be offered a choice of excursions which will probably include a trip to Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield, a trip to Urquhart Castle and a boat trip on Loch Ness. Macdonald New Drumrossie Hotel

The Kingsmills Hotel

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Day 3: Inverness to Dunrobin Castle or day at leisure

Pullman and Premier Dining passengers will be staying in either the Macdonald New Drumrossie Hotel or the Kingsmills Hotel. Both these hotels are of a high standard and with a deserved reputation for beautiful rooms and top quality dining.

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OPTION 1 HIGHLANDS SUNDAY 12TH MAY 2019 – TUESDAY 14TH MAY 2019 Day 4: Optional Day trip to Kyle of Lochalsh Sunday 12th May 2019 After breakfast in your hotel, we join the train where B1 Mayflower is once again hauling the train as we enjoy one of the great railway journeys of the world across the Highlands to the West Coast to the Kyle of Lochalsh as breathtaking scenery follows breathtaking scenery. Passengers will have the option to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle before rejoining the train for the return to Inverness. Pullman and Premier Dining passengers will have dinner on the train.

Day 5: Inverness to Fort William Monday 13th May 2019 After breakfast in your hotel, you have the option of enjoying a feast of unbeatable scenery as we move the Cathedrals Explorer from Inverness to Fort William, covering first the Highland Mainline and then after reaching the Central Lowlands we head west to the spectacular West Highland Line that climbs and winds its way across Western Scotland. Our train will be diesel-hauled ensuring the day can be completed before dusk and passengers who wish for a more leisurely day can transfer by coach between Fort William and Inverness along the shores of Loch Ness.


Day 6: Day at leisure in Fort William, Mull and Iona Tuesday 14th May 2019 Today is at leisure in Fort William or you may choose to join one of our excursions.

The Jacobite Travel on The Jacobite across the world famous Glenfinnan Viaduct to the far north west terminus of Mallaig. Truly a unique experience in world steam!

There will also be optional excursions likely to include a cruise on Loch Linnhe, a trip to Glen Coe, Neptune’s staircase and the Glenfinnan Viaduct or a day trip to Iona or Mull. Dining passengers will have dinner in their hotels.

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Optional Excursions

Glen Coe

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Pullman passengers will be staying in one of three hotels – probably the most luxurious hotels Steam Dreams has ever offered to passengers on any tour – and certainly will be an experience to savour. When booking, please discuss your preferences with our Booking Office staff as each of the hotels has a limited number of bedrooms.

Glencoe House

Glencoe House

This grand Victorian House was built by Lord Strathcona (who built the Canadian Pacific Railway) as a shooting lodge and comprises 14 suites, some in the main house and some in an adjacent building. Log fires, roll top baths, hot tubs, private gardens, and wonderful public rooms will make a stay here completely unforgettable.

Inverlochy Castle A stunning 17 bedroom, 19th century castle built to an exceptional standard of luxury, glorious views and with the added bonus of Albert and Michel Roux Junior Restaurant where dinner will be served on one evening. Inverlochy Castle

Isle of Eriska Castle

Isle of Eriska Castle

The unique experience of staying on a private island with glorious views across Loch Linnhe and the Morven Mountains whilst enjoying the full luxury of 5* accommodation, wonderful public rooms with log fires and comfy sofas and an exceptional restaurant is not to be missed. It is also planned to arrange a day excursion to Iona or Mull departing from the hotel’s own private jetty just a couple of minutes stroll from the hotel.


Glenspean Lodge Hotel

Premier Dining passengers will have a number of options including the 4* Nevis Bank Hotel in Fort William, Hollytree House Hotel, a beautifully modernised hotel with wonderful views and a great restaurant on the shores of Loch Linnhe; the boutique Glenspean Lodge Hotel just outside Spean Bridge with fabulous mountain views and which boasts Edward VII amongst previous visitors. Premier Dining passengers who would like the opportunity to have breakfast and dinner at Inverlochy Castle will be able to choose to stay in attractively decorated lodges in the grounds of Inverlochy Castle. Non Dining passengers will be staying in hotels in Fort William – either the Premier Inn or the Travelodge.

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Hollytree House Hotel

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OPTION 2 ISLE OF SKYE Day 4: Inverness to Isle of Skye with steam Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh Sunday 12th May 2019 After breakfast in your hotel, we join the train. B1 Mayflower will be hauling the train as we enjoy one of the great railway journeys of the world across the Highlands to the West Coast to the Kyle of Lochalsh. We will take the opportunity to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle before travelling by coach over the bridge to Skye and our hotels in the North of the Island at Portree. Dining passengers will enjoy dinner in their hotels.

Skeabost Hotel Recently refurbished, the stunning Skeabost hotel overlooking the loch and with views out to sea is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. The stylish rooms and delicious food will make this a firm favourite with Pullman and Premier Dining passengers. Non Dining passengers will be staying at The Royal Hotel in Portree.

Skeabost Hotel


Day 5: Day at Leisure on Skye Monday 13th May 2019 There will be optional trips including (weather permitting) a full day trip to St Kilda - The UK’s only UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site. Home to north west Europe’s largest seabird colony including the UK’s largest colony of Atlantic puffin, northern Fulmar and one of the World’s largest Gannetaries. There will also be excursions to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, Flora MacDonald’s tomb and other historic points of interest. Dining passengers will have dinner in their hotel.

Tuesday 14th May 2019 After breakfast in the hotel we travel by coach the full length of Skye to Armadale where we will visit Clan Donald on the Sleat Peninsula with spectacular views across to the mainland. We will a have a break at The Museum of the Isles, which has beautiful gardens, a café and shop. We will then catch the ferry to Mallaig and join The Jacobite for the world famous railway journey to Fort William. Dining passengers will be coached to Bridge of Orchy hotel where they will have dinner and stay the night. Non Dining passengers will stay in Fort William either in the Premier Inn or Travelodge.

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Day 6: Skye to Fort William including The Jacobite steam train

Dunvegan Castle

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HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS WITH FLYING SCOTSMAN Day 7: Fort William to the Lake District Wednesday 15th May 2019 All passengers are back together again and after breakfast in your hotel, we leave Fort William double headed again with Mayflower and a Black 5 across the West Highland Line to the Firth of Clyde. The Black 5 leaves us and Mayflower takes our train on unassisted past Glasgow over the Fells past Beattock and Carlisle in to Penrith where we disembark for two nights in the Northern Lakes. Dining passengers will have light lunch and dinner on the train.

Day 8: Optional Excursions in the Lake District

Day 9: Penrith to London Friday 17th May 2019

Thursday 16th May 2019 A day at leisure or you may choose to join one of our optional excursions likely to include Dalemain House, a Grade 1 listed stately home near Penrith, a cruise by paddle steamer on Ullswater as well as the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway and the Lakeside and Haversthwaite railway.

After a leisurely breakfast we return steam hauled from Penrith to London with Mayflower. Our route will take us over Shap and down the West Coast Main Line with a stop at Crewe for coal and water. We will arrive at London Euston for mid evening. Dining passengers will have a light lunch and dinner on the train.


The Macdonald Leeming Hotel

Inn on the Lake Hotel

George Hotel, Penrith

Premier Dining passengers will stay either at The Glenridding or Inn on the Lake Hotel set in 15 acres of landscaped grounds running down to the lake. Both hotels have breathtaking views of Ullswater and Hellvelyn. The 2AA rosette restaurant at The Inn on the Lake and comfort and style of the hotel will ensure a relaxing finale to your holiday.

Non Dining passengers and Premium Standard passengers will be staying in the George Hotel, a 300 year old Grade 1 listed building in the centre of the pretty market town of Penrith.

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Pullman passengers will stay at The Macdonald Leeming Hotel set amidst glorious countryside with stunning views overlooking Ullswater, which is luxuriously and traditionally furnished.

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Dunrobin

INVERNESS

Isle of Skye Kyle of Lochalsh Mallaig

ABERDEEN

Fort William Iona

Isle of Mull

EDINBURGH

GLASGOW

Berwick

Penrith

Durham

YORK

Crewe

LONDON


What is included? Hotels & Travel Highlands: All hotels on a bed and breakfast basis, transfers to and from the train and train travel on days 1, 2, 5, 7 & 9. Islands: All hotels on a bed and breakfast basis, transfers to and from the train and train travel on days 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 & 9. Catering Highlands Pullman Style & Premier Dining Day Two: Light Lunch and Dinner on board the train. Day Three: Optional Trip to Dunrobbin Castle. Light Lunch and Dinner on board the train.

Day Six: Dinner in the hotel.

Day Four: Optional Trip to Kyle of Lochalsh: Light Lunch and Dinner on board the train.

Day Eight: Dinner in the Hotel.

Day Seven: Light Lunch and Dinner on board the train. Day Nine: Light Lunch and Dinner on the train.

Isle Of Skye Day One: Brunch and Dinner on board the train.

Day Five: Dinner in the hotel.

Day Two: Light Lunch and Dinner on board the train.

Day Six: Dinner in the hotel.

Day Three: Optional Trip to Dunrobbin Castle. Light Lunch and Dinner on board the train.

Day Seven: Light Lunch and Dinner on board the train.

Day Four: Trip to Kyle of Lochalsh: Light Lunch on board the train and dinner in the hotel.

Day Eight: Dinner in the Hotel. Day Nine: Light Lunch and Dinner on the train.

Highlands and Isle of Skye – Non Dining. Passengers will be served complimentary morning and afternoon tea and coffee. There is the opportunity to purchase snacks from the on board menu on all days on board the train (excluding the Jacobite). Highland & Islands Fares

Single supplement

Table for 2 supplement*

Skye Supplement

Pullman Style Dining

£3495

£725

£750

£450

Premier Dining

£2795

£450

£500

£350

Non Dining

£1995

£350

£250

Non Dining passengers – Highlands and Isle of Skye

Optional Day trips

On train days, passengers will be served morning and afternoon complimentary tea and coffee and will have the opportunity to purchase snacks from the on board team. Steam Dreams reserves the right to alter the nominated hotel at any destination provided the alternative hotel is of an equivalent standard. Meal arrangements are dependent on timings, provision of utilities and access to re-stock and may be subject to change.

Kyle of Lochalsh (Highlands) Pullman Style Dining £249, Premier Dining £189, Non Dining £115. Dunrobin Pullman Style Dining £225, Premier Dining £169, Non Dining £99. The Jacobite – (Highlands) (including coach transfers) £75 First Class & £50 Standard Class.

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Day Five: Light Lunch and Dinner on board the train. (For those who transfer by coach Dinner will be included in their hotel)

Day One: Brunch and Dinner on board the train.

Supplement guarantees a table for 2 on days 1, 2, 7 & 9 for all passengers and day 5 for Highlands passengers. Additional supplements apply for days 3 & 4. No tables for two available on the Jacobite.

*

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ANGEL OF THE NORTH SATURDAY 29 TH JUNE 2019 – TUESDAY 2 ND JULY 2019 A four day long weekend from London and East Anglia taking in the stunning North East coastline with an optional trip by steam to Edinburgh. Day 1: London and East Anglia to Durham and Newcastle Saturday 29th June 2019 We head north from London Victoria in the morning and travel via East Anglia, picking up passengers as we go and enjoying a short break in pretty Ely while our locomotive, which is scheduled to be B1 61306 Mayflower, is replenished with coal and water. We then pass York and race up the East Coast Main Line to the beautiful Cathedral City of Durham where passengers who choose may spend the next three nights. Remaining passengers stay on board for the remaining 10 miles to our final destination – Newcastle.

Day 2: Optional Day trip to Edinburgh Sunday 30th June 2019 Today there will be the option of steaming into Scotland with a day trip to the Scottish capital Edinburgh. After a chance to explore this beautiful city we head back to Newcastle


along the East Coast Mainline with stunning views across the Scottish and English coasts, including crossing the Border Bridge. Alternatively a number of coach excursions will be available for those that choose to have a day off the train.

Day 3: A day at leisure Monday 1st July 2019 A day at leisure with many different excursions available for passengers to visit the North East’s famous cultural and tourist hotspots including a day trip to one of Lindisfarne, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Hadrians Wall. For railway enthusiasts there will be an opportunity to travel along one of the preserved lines in the Dales. Alternatively you may choose to have a day at leisure in the city of your choice.

Tuesday 2nd July 2019 Too soon our four day excursion to the beautiful North East of England is over and B1 Mayflower will retrace her steps as far as York. We then take the rural route through Lincolnshire to the cathedral city of Lincoln where we enjoy a lunch break of a couple of hours, before resuming our journey taking the route back through East Anglia, dropping passengers at their joining stations and returning to London Victoria.

ANGEL OF THE NORTH

Day 4: Newcastle and Durham to East Anglia and London

Passengers can board the train at Shenfield, Colchester, Ipswich, Ely and Peterborough.

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Vermont Hotel, Newcastle The Vermont Hotel Combines 1930s grandeur with contemporary elegance and luxury. A hidden gem and next to the Castle Keep, you couldn’t be closer to the historic heart of Newcastle. This impressive neo-classical building also overlooks the Tyne and is conveniently located near the train station.

Vermont Hotel, Newcastle

Hotel Indigo, Newcastle Premier Dining passengers will stay in this modern hotel is superbly located near the train station and right in the centre of this vibrant city. With décor inspired by Grainger town – the historic architect designed heart of Newcastle – its design and decor celebrate the city’s culture and the area’s neoclassical architecture. Glass and iron columns in the lobby emulate local Tyneside styles with a modern twist, and artwork in the guest rooms depicts the fascinating history. You can be sure of a comfortable and convenient stay at this hotel.

Hotel Indigo, Newcastle

Non dining passengers will stay in a 3 * hotel in Newcastle. Passengers booking accommodation through Steam Dreams will stay in Newcastle.

Fares (with hotels, per person*) Fares Table for Fares (without hotel, Single 2 supplement Double/Twin per person) supplement Pullman Style Dining £799 £1299 £350 £200 Premier Dining £649 £849 £160 £125 Non Dining £349 £525 £150 – 25% non-refundable deposit to be taken at time of booking. Full balance to be paid 29 March 2019.


EMERALD ISLE CRAIC EXPRESS to the Wild Atlantic Way FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2019 – WEDNESDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2019 Enjoy a late summer holiday on the beautiful island of Ireland visiting the South and West Coast, famous for its Wild Atlantic Way in the unique environment of a steam hauled train. The main tour begins and ends in Dublin but for passengers who would like transfers arranged from the UK that additional option will be available. Day 1: Dublin to Killarney Friday 6th September 2019 Leaving Dublin around midday, steam hauled straight from the city centre we steam right across to the South West corner of Ireland to the wonderful Cathedral city of Killarney where we will be staying for the next two nights. Hauled by the magnificent Irish Express passenger locomotive No 85 Merlin, passengers will be treated to wonderful views of the verdant countryside with diners having the extra bonus of lunch and afternoon tea on the train and dinner in their hotels.

Day 2: Optional trip to Cork or Kinsale Saturday 7th September 2019 Enjoy an optional trip by steam to the South East of Ireland and spend 3 or 4 hours exploring the city of Cork or Kinsale before returning to Killarney. Dining passengers will enjoy a light lunch and dinner on the train.


Wild Atlantic Way. For those wanting to explore the wonderful coastal scenery of Ireland we will be offering trips along the Wild Atlantic Way. On Day 2 passengers taking this option will be coached around the ring of Kerry and then along the southern route to Kinsale where they will have a couple of hours to explore before joining the rest of our passengers at Cork for the return by steam to Killarney. Dining passengers will enjoy dinner on this train.

Killarney Hotels

The Lakes Hotel

Aghadoe Heights

The Lakes Hotel

Pullman passengers will stay at the multiple award winning 5 * luxury Aghadoe Heights Hotel, which overlooks the Lakes of Killarney. Newly Refurbished and blessed with a breathtaking location and contemporary elegance. The spectacular surroundings are echoed by the hotel's beautifully appointed bedrooms, lounges and fine dining.

Premier dining passengers will stay at The Lakes Hotel. Nestling on the shore of the lake, the 4*, family run Lakes Hotel enjoys the most magnificent setting in Killarney with the backdrop of the mountains, islands, woodlands and romantic 12th century McCarthy Mor castle ruins. The Lakes Hotel has proved itself a firm favourite with our customers and this is the third time we will be staying here.

Non Dining passengers will be staying in The Eviston Hotel in Killarney.

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Aghadoe Heights

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Day 3: Killarney to Limerick and Galway

Day 5: Optional Trip to Westport

Sunday 8th September 2019

Tuesday 10th September 2019

After our two nights in Killarney we leave by steam after breakfast still hauled by Merlin and head for the poetically famous city of Limerick where we change engines to the famous No. 4 Tank Engine which despite its diminutive size has proved capable of speeds well in excess of 60 mph both forwards and backwards!

Anyone who enjoyed our 2017 Emerald Isle Explorer will know that this is a highlight not to be missed as Tank No. 4 takes us on a day trip to the far north West Coast of Ireland at Westport. Unspoilt scenery and spectacular views are the order of the day as we speed across the Emerald Isle. Dining passengers will have a light lunch and dinner on the train.

After lunchtime in Limerick we travel along the recently rebuilt line through Ennis to the West Coast city of Galway. Dining passengers will have light lunch on the train and dinner in the hotels.

Wild Atlantic Way Option For those who wish to see more of the Wild Atlantic Way at Limerick and enjoy a trip by coach along the coastal route to Galway where you will re-join the other passengers in our hotels.

Day 4: Day at leisure Monday 9th September 2019 Today there are no railway excursions and passengers can have a day at leisure in Galway or take one of our optional trips out which will include a trip to the Cliffs of Moher (Ireland’s most visited natural attraction), a boat trip to the legendary Isles of Aran (weather permitting) or remain in the city of Galway and visit the Cathedral, museums and art galleries.

Wild Atlantic Way Option Today you can have a fantastic choice of enjoying the Wild Atlantic Way by coach in the morning before meeting up with the rest of the passengers at Westport and then experiencing the Tank in action as it races back across the country to Athlone and then back to Galway.


Day 6: Galway to Dublin Wednesday 11th September 2019 After breakfast in our hotels we head West to East across the whole of Ireland and back to Dublin arriving shortly after lunch, giving passengers plenty of time to make their way back to the UK that evening.

For passengers from the UK who would like to have their travel to and from Britain organised for them, we will be booking on the Virgin train leaving London on Thursday 5th September

and will be connecting with the Irish Ferries arriving in Dublin for transfer to hotels. Dining passengers will be on a dinner bed and breakfast basis. On the return you will be staying in the same hotel as the outward. Please ask the booking office for more details.

Galway Hotels Pullman passengers have the choice of two hotels.

The g Hotel Nothing will prepare you for the first time you step inside the 5* g. You will be greeted by spectacular surroundings. The g Hotel combines modern design and comfort with impeccable service and cuisine. Designed by the world renowned milliner, Philip Treacy and with Andy Warhol fabrics.

The g Hotel

Meyrick The Meyrick is a traditional, grand hotel in the centre of Galway. With panelled walls and marble floors.

The Connemara Coast

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Travel to Ireland

Meyrick

Premier Dining passengers will stay at the spectacularly located Connemara Coast set on the shores of Galway Bay, the 4* Connemara Coast Hotel is only 10 minutes from the city of Galway. The views will remain with our Premier Dining passengers for a long time! Non Dining passengers will stay at a 3* hotel in Galway city. The Connemara Coast

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BELFAST

Westport

Claremorris

DUBLIN Sallins Portarlington

Aran Isles Cliffs of Moher Thurles

Junction

Kinsale


What is included?

Day Four: Dinner in the hotel.

All hotels on a bed and breakfast basis and transfers to and from the train and all train travel on Days 1, 3 and 6. Irish Locomotives and Carriages

Day Six: Lunch will be served on the train. Due to the limited facilities of the kitchen car, Premier and Pullman Dining passengers will be served cold meals. Steam Dreams reserves the right to alter the nominated hotel at any destination provided the alternative hotel is of an equivalent standard. Non Dining passengers Non dining passengers will be served complimentary tea and coffee morning and afternoon on board the train and will have the option to purchase snacks from the buffet. Travel to/from the UK This tour starts and finishes in Dublin. Please ask the Booking Office for details of transfers to/from London.

Catering & Hotels Irish hotels are of a very high standard. All passengers will enjoy breakfast each morning in their hotels. Pullman Style and Premier Dining Day One: Light lunch on board the train and dinner in the hotel. Day Two: Optional tour will include light lunch and dinner on the train. Day Three: Light lunch on board the train and dinner in the hotel.

Emerald Isle Craic Express Fares

Single supplement

Table for 2 supplement

Pullman Style Dining

£1995

£425

£500

Premier Dining

£1695

£300

Non Dining

£1195

£175

EMERALD ISLE CRAIC EXPRESS TO THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

Throughout our time in Ireland we will be using the locomotives and coaches of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI). The set of 64 seat Craven Coaches are different to those used on our trains in the UK with more basic seating and décor but also a very singular Irish ambience. The RPSI owns a number of steam locomotives and it is planned to use No 85 Merlin and No 4 Tank Engine but others may be substituted if for any reason these become unavailable.

Day Five: Optional Tour. Light lunch and dinner will be served on the train.

Cork and Kinsale Option (including Wild Atlantic Way) Pullman Style Dining £199, Premier Dining £169, Non Dining £99. Table for 2 in Pullman Style Dining £120. Westport Option (including Wild Atlantic Way) Pullman Style Dining £225, Premier Dining £189, Non Dining £119. Table for 2 in Pullman Style Dining £120.

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THE GREAT LAKES EXPLORER – FALL 2020 Travel across the USA behind the World’s biggest coal fired Locomotive - Milwaukee 261 Steam Dreams and the owners of the world’s largest steam locomotive, Milwaukee 261, will be running the most adventurous steam hauled trip of modern times in the USA – “The Great Lakes Explorer” – which is now scheduled to take place during Fall 2020. As the seasons change, you will have the chance to travel by rail visiting two of the world famous Great Lakes – Lake Superior and Lake Michigan - as well as seeing literally hundreds across Minnesota which is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes although even that underplays the true official number of 12,000! You can join and leave our American adventure in either Chicago or Minneapolis, and sample the very different world of Midwest America, as well as experience the vibrant cosmopolitan life of Chicago and the contrasting Centres of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul.

Day 1: Chicago to Minneapolis Passengers from all over the world can join the tour at lunchtime, and join the Amtrak service train from Chicago to St Paul and Minneapolis arriving at your hotels in the late evening.

Passengers who wish can travel direct to Minneapolis and join the tour there.

Day 2: Minneapolis Passengers will have the morning at leisure to adjust to their new surroundings in the modern City of Minneapolis, which nestles on the banks of the great Mississippi river. Those not familiar with American geography will maybe not have realised that one of the world’s most famous rivers starts so far north, and in fact in Minneapolis itself, it is already much wider than the Thames in London, and has a number of fast flowing weirs and waterfalls. Minneapolis itself has plenty of things for the tourist to see including the Mall of the Americas the biggest shopping entertainment complex in the world.


Milwaukee 261 Minneapolis to Duluth

We steam north from Minnesota initially along the Mississippi Valley and across the Mid-West Plains, passing countless lakes, before we start to climb into the hills South of Lake Superior. From here we cross into the State of Wisconsin before descending down across trestle bridges and through narrow valleys to the South side of the lake, before crossing to the north side of Lake Superior and arriving into Duluth which nestles on the North shore of Lake Superior. Here our passengers will be taken to their hotels for a 2 night stay.

Day 3: Day at Leisure in Duluth Enjoy a day sightseeing at leisure or on organised Steam Dreams tours in the historic City of Duluth. It would not be the same without the

ability to get out on the Lake itself, so of course excursions by pleasure boat will be part of our plans.

Milwaukee 261 Evening Run to Two Harbours For those who like to enjoy as much steam action as possible, we will have the pleasure of an optional scenic run along the edge of Lake Superior to the town of Two Harbours, which is 30 miles along Lake Superior towards the Canadian border. For Dining passengers there will of course be plenty to eat, and for those in ‘Coach’ class there will also be buffet style snacks available from the kitchen.

THE GREAT LAKES EXPLORER – FALL 2020

At lunchtime, steam becomes the centre of attention as, for the first time, we get to see the world’s largest coal fired steam locomotive Milwaukee 261. To put it in perspective, the Flying Scotsman in the UK has a tender that holds 7 tons of coal and 5,000 gallons of water; 261 carries an incredible 36 tons of coal and 45,000 gallons of water to help her on her way. Our train is formed of the Milwaukee 261 Group’s own set of preserved coaches – many of them double decked to enjoy superb views of the surrounding countryside, particularly from their Observation Cars.

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Day 4: Milwaukee 261 Duluth to Gull Lake We leave Lake Superior behind as we steam ‘inland’ back towards central Minnesota, and an area famous for its incredibly beautiful lakes spread across the landscape. After lunch we arrive at the town of Brainerd, where we de-train. Like almost everywhere else in the USA there is no actual station, so the train finds a convenient spot where our road coaches are available for the short 10 mile journey to the tourist resort of Gull Lake. For the next 2 nights, and the intervening day, passengers will be able to enjoy the tranquillity of the lakeside hotels that afford great views not just of the sparkling clean water but the foliage which should be in full Fall colours at this time of year.

Day 5: Day at Leisure at Gull Lake Resort There will be tours of the local surrounding area to many of the local attractions including Lindbergh House. There will also be a cruise around Gull Lake, and also for those who just cannot resist the allure of steam, a short haul round trip of 25 miles each way from Brainerd to the town of Staples, where Milwaukee 261 will be turned.

Day 6: Milwaukee 261 Brainerd to St Pauls After a leisurely breakfast, our passengers will all be transferred to Brainerd, from where the train will run first due East, and then after crossing into Wisconsin turn South to St Pauls, arriving late afternoon for dinner in our hotels.


Day 7: A Day at Leisure in St Paul’s

Day 8 & 9: Minneapolis to Chicago

Passengers will enjoy a day at leisure in St Paul, which is full of some fascinating history and a few reminders for the British at home. For there is indeed a St Paul’s Cathedral, with a large circular dome to visit, as well as two other Cathedrals in Minneapolis itself.

After breakfast in your hotel, passengers have the option of making their own arrangements to fly home from Minnesota, or joining a special train across the Amtrak network. Our coaches from the Milwaukee 261 Tour will be specially added to the morning Amtrak train to Chicago, and passengers will spend the day enjoying one final experience of the Steam Dreams / Milwaukee 261 hospitality, as we are diesel hauled from Minnesota across Wisconsin to Illinois and then to Chicago where Lake Michigan awaits us. Passengers will then be taken to their hotels, and will have the choice of 1 or 2 nights in the famous ‘Windy City’ before the tour finally ends. There will be optional tours by both bus and boat for passengers to explore Chicago.

THE GREAT LAKES EXPLORER – FALL 2020

There is a fascinating tour of an unusual slice of American history which can be found in St Paul, and that is following in the footsteps of many of Chicago’s famous gangsters. It is not well known outside the U.S., but many of the famous ‘hoods’ of that time made their home in the state of Minnesota. The Governor stated that as long as they committed no crimes in his state, they would not be prosecuted for any committed in Chicago!

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KIWI EXPLORER New Zealand OCTOBER 2021 New Zealand’s railways are an undiscovered and underused gem and our Kiwi Explorer will travel the length and breadth of these beautiful islands from Auckland in the North to Invercargill near the tip of South Island. North Island Days 1 & 2 We will meet in Auckland and spend two nights here with an optional day trip by steam to Whangerei.

Day 3 We set out by steam from Auckland via Morrinsville and Mata Mata to Tirau where we join the coach for the last few miles to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal hot springs. We will spend two nights in Rotorua.

Day 4 A day at leisure in the wonderful surroundings of Rotorua with ample time to visit the many attractions related to the hot springs.

Day 5 We set off by coach to join our steam train that will be waiting to take us to National Park, one of the many reservations so lovingly tended by the New Zealand authorities.


Day 6

Day 9

A day at leisure in the National Park.

We steam from Hawkes Bay down the coastal route to the southern tip of North Island to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.

Day 7 We travel by steam down the western side of North Island before crossing to the East and steaming to Hawkes Bay crossing some of the most famous railway structures in New Zealand.

Day 8 Day of leisure in Hawkes Bay.

Day 10 A day at leisure in Wellington while our steam locomotives and carriages are transferred to the world famous rail ferry to Picton – certainly a first for a Steam Dreams tour!

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South Island Days 11 Our time on North Island is at an end and we transfer by ferry (plane option for those who wish) across to Picton. Here at the picturesque harbour our steam train will be waiting for us for a beautiful late afternoon run along the West Coast of South Island to the beautiful town of Kaikoura.

Day 12 A day at leisure in Kaikoura where the breathtaking scenery can be explored or a trip to go whale watching will be available as well.

Day 13 We steam further along the East Coast to the principal city of South Island, Christchurch, with time in the afternoon to explore this vibrant sea side city.

Day 14 After further time in Christchurch we leave mid morning by steam for the 220 mile trip to another fascinating South Island city, Dunedin.

Days 17 & 18 Passengers will enjoy the opportunity to explore many of the exciting tourist attractions that the south of New Zealand has to offer including one optional steam trip from Invercargill to Ohai.

Day 19 Passengers and all involved with this Kiwi Explorer will congregate for a farewell dinner at the marvellous Bill Richardson Motor Museum which is recognised as probably the best of its kind anywhere in the world.

Day 20 We retrace our steps by steam from Invercargill to a night in Oamaru with its museums, art galleries and cafés.

Day 21 We return by steam again, to Christchurch from where passengers return home with the option of making their own arrangements or travelling with the Steam Dreams group from the UK.

Optional Excursion – Day 15-Day 18 Day 15 There will be an optional excursion up the privately owned Taieri Gorge Railway with also plenty of time to explore.

Day 16 We steam right along to the tip of South Island to New Zealand’s southernmost city Invercargill.

For those who wish to visit the famous New Zealand destinations of Queenstown and Wanaka and experience a cruise on either Milford or Doubtful Sound there will be an optional excursion for four days. These parts of the west of New Zealand are not rail connected but include some of the most famous tourist sights including the area made famous by the filming of Lord of the Rings.


As is usual with these tours our passengers will have the option of being in 5*, 4* or 3* accommodation with on board facilities to match.

Whangarei

Wellsford

There will be the option of travelling to either North or South Island or staying with us throughout the entire tour. Initial estimates are that the fares for this trip will be about the same as our usual 9 day Explorers for just one Island or double for both – all these prices are exclusive of transfer to and from New Zealand which will be possible with Steam Dreams or under your own “steam!”

Helensville AUCKLAND Pukekohe Huntly

Morrinsville

HAMILTON Rotorua Tirau

National Park

Taihape

Woodville

Picton Blenheim

HASTINGS

Waipukurau

Marton

Please register for interest with the Booking Office.

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Masterton Greytown

NEW ZEALAND

Ohakune

Haw ke s

Taumarunui

WELLINGTON

Kaikoura Waipara

CHRISTCHURCH Ashburton Timaru Milford Sound

Wanaka Oamaru

Queenstown

Doubtful Sound

Middlemarch (Taieri Gorge Railway)

Palmerston Port Chalmers

Ohai

DUNEDIN Gore

INVERCARGILL

Milton Balclutha

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Steam Dreams, Holidays By Steam 2019 - 2021  

Including May 2019 Highlands and Islands with Flying Scotsman

Steam Dreams, Holidays By Steam 2019 - 2021  

Including May 2019 Highlands and Islands with Flying Scotsman

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