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The Railway Touring Co. Great Railway Adventures 2012


Dear Customer, Welcome to our 2012 collection of railway tours where we aim to provide a range of destinations to suit different interests and expectations. Our brochure contains details of an amazing variety of tours worldwide. We hope that you will take time to browse through its contents and find tours to meet your particular requirements. This year we have introduced a number of completely new tours. These include ‘Winter in Austria’ - the majestic snow-covered scenery of the Alps; ‘Bella Italia to Capri’ – Sorrento, Naples, and the wonderful Island of Capri; ‘Morocco’ – Marrakech, Casablanca, the Sahara Desert, where not many people have travelled by train; ‘Autumn in New England’ - the legendary destination in the USA for spectacular foliage colours. We have also retained the ever popular destinations in our programme. However whilst the title may be the same, the tour itinerary invariably changes; it will differ from year to year. Don’t miss out because you think that you have seen it all before! Consider Switzerland, the magical mountain destination; Sardinia, the island paradise with enchanting narrow gauge railways; Norway, boasting the splendour of its fjords and glittering coastline; India with its narrow gauge trains to colonial Hill Stations; and Peru, for the Andes Mountains and Inca cultural wonders. Increasingly we are able to offer overland tours for those who prefer not to fly to a destination. This applies to tours in the UK and to mainland Europe. We have a variety of interesting tours in Scotland, and ‘Snowdonia & the Northern Fells’ increases in popularity. Our tours in Switzerland and some to other countries in Eastern and Western Europe begin with a journey by Eurostar train. Travelling by train is the emphasis of all of our tours and often provides journeys through breathtaking scenery that is normally unreachable. Many of our tours use specially chartered trains just for our group providing a calm environment for travel in the comfort of your own seat. They also allow more time for photography, leisurely lunches, and to chat to fellow travellers. However our tours are much more than just rail travel. They include quality hotels, good food, exciting excursions, wonderful attractions, meeting new people and making new friends. We look forward to welcoming you on one of our tours soon and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for 2012. Nigel Dobbing, Managing Director

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Our Steam Chartered Trains

The Railway Touring Company is one of very few worldwide railway tour operators to charter their own trains. We offer the unique experience of travelling in many countries by private vintage steam hauled train giving customers the time and opportunity to view and enjoy the scenery. There may be the chance to stand on the open balcony of a railway carriage, or to open the carriage window and experience the true ambience of the countryside. Generally, we include most meals in the price of our tours. Many are served in our own restaurant car on the train or al fresco at a rural railway station. Most of our chartered trains operate during day-time only and we use hotels for overnight accommodation. Some tours feature vintage hotel trains providing overnight accommodation en route, with hotel accommodation at our destination. Where we use predominantly service trains, as in Switzerland and Norway, we devise unique itineraries and include special steam hauled programmes to complement the tour.

Whenever possible we hire steam trains for our exclusive use. This allows us the flexibility, within operational parameters, to run to our requirements. It also enables us to stop the train for photographs of the scenery; the train itself; and sometimes staged train movements, known as run-pasts. We can often arrange for tour customers to ride on the footplate of the locomotive, should they wish, but at their own risk. Since our tours often number around 40 customers there are occasions when we have access to older trains with limited capacity, and sometimes to facilities not normally available to large groups or individuals.

Scheduled Trains

Where we travel by scheduled train, with few exceptions, we travel First Class in reserved seats or reserved carriages. This has proven to be much better value for money since the additional space, comfort and lack of crowding are obtained at a worthwhile supplement compared with Standard Class travel.

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Our customers come from throughout the UK and overseas. Wherever possible we choose flights which allow connections from local airports, and prices for these connecting flights start at around £99 return. Most overseas tours allow for independent travel arrangements whereby customers may extend their stay, stop en route, or make their own travel arrangements. We can provide a `ground only’ quotation for all of our tours so that overseas customers and independent travellers can make their own way for getting to and from the tour joining point.

Extra Tours and Tour Updates

Throughout the year we keep pace with an ever-changing world. It is often possible to initiate new tours after our brochure has gone to press, and to make alterations to published information. Everyone who receives a copy of our brochure will also receive a supplement later in the year.

Website – www.railwaytouring.net

Our web site provides details of all our tours plus information about additional tours and amendments to our tour programme. Don’t forget to bookmark our web site amongst your favourites. We welcome contributions of photographs that customers have taken on our tours and that they are willing for us to use in publicity materials.

Booking Conditions and Information

Customers should ensure that they read our Booking Terms & Conditions and Booking Information before booking a tour. Details can be found on the back pages of this brochure.


Great Railway Adventures 2012 Programme UK

The Great Britain V

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The Cock O’The North

May and September

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The Western Isles

June and August

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The Summer Highlander

July

12 – 13

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Snowdonia and the Northern Fells

July and August

14 – 15

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The West Highlander Steam Express

September

16 – 17

Europe

Winter in Austria

January

18 – 19

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Alpine Adriatic Express to Split

April

20 – 21

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Steam in Tuscany

April

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Germany and the Czech Republic

May

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Sardinia and the Emerald Coast

May and October

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Belarus and Ukraine

May

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The Golden Arrow

June

30 – 31

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Swedish Steam Safari

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Swiss Steam Safari

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Rail and Fjords of Norway

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Classic Trains of Switzerland

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Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic

August

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Calabria and Sicily

September

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The Black Sea Express

September

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Bella Italia Express to Capri

October

46 – 47

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Steam and Christmas Markets in the Harz Mountains

December

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Morocco

February/March

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The Hill Stations of India

March/April

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Spring and Cherry Blossom in Japan

March/April

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Java

July

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Hedjaz Railway

September

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Autumn in New England

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Peru and Bolivia

October

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Mainline Steam in New Zealand

October

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Eritrea

October

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The Old Patagonian Express

November

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Booking Conditions

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Booking Information

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Pre-Tour and Post-Tour Arrangements and Travel Insurance

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Railtour Reservation Form

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THE RAILWAY TOURING COMPANY, 14A TUESDAY MARKET PLACE, KING’S LYNN, NORFOLK, PE30 1JN Phone: 01553 661500 • Fax: 01553 661800 • E-mail: enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk • Website: www.railwaytouring.net


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The Great Britain V Saturday 21st April to Sunday 29th April 2012 For the fifth year of running the Great Britain rail tour, we have rung the changes. This will be the first time that we shall be dividing the train into two parts after we have crossed the Forth Bridge. One part will travel to Mallaig via the West Highland Line whilst the other continues to Inverness via Aberdeen. The following day we continue to Kyle of Lochalsh where passengers will change trains. In this way all passengers will visit Mallaig and Kyle of Lochalsh, and also travel the West Highland Line. This will be the first time that this has been arranged using steam traction. This year, for the first time, we have included the Settle and Carlisle line in the itinerary. We feature two Bulleid Pacific’s, Braunton and Tangmere, from Bristol to Penzance, and the Blue King, No. 6023 King Edward II, from Bristol to Paddington via the notorious Sapperton Bank. All of this should make it a tour to be remembered. Saturday 21st April An A4 to York and an A3 to Edinburgh Our train departs London King’s Cross at around 08:20 hauled by A4 Pacific Bittern which has two tenders for its water supply. On departure, a celebratory glass of champagne will be served to all passengers with a full English breakfast for those travelling in premier class. Our train will run non-stop to York, including the climb to Stoke Summit, where another A4 Pacific, Mallard, achieved the world record for steam of 126 mph, when travelling south. At York we say goodbye to No. 60019 Bittern and welcome No. 4472 Flying Scotsman, our second steam locomotive of the day. We continue along the East Coast Main Line to Newcastle, where we stop for our locomotive to take water. North of Newcastle our train follows the rugged Northumberland coastline where there are fine views of picturesque Alnmouth and distant views of Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands. Soon, we cross the magnificent Royal Border Bridge at Berwick-upon-Tweed and enter Scotland. We continue through Dunbar and Drem before Flying Scotsman steams into Edinburgh Waverley Station. We have overnight accommodation in Edinburgh.

Sunday 22nd April Over the Forth and Tay Bridges to Aberdeen and Inverness Royal Scot 4-6-0 No. 46115 Scots Guardsman will be ready to leave Edinburgh Waverley with our train at around 09:00. We cross the magnificent Forth Bridge, with superb views over the Firth of Forth, and enter Fife. The journey through Fife is both scenic and fascinating; we hug the sea shore for some of the way. At Thornton Junction our train will be divided into two parts. Train 1 Train 1 continues through Fife and crosses the wide expanse of the Firth of Tay by the famous Tay Bridge, before arriving in Dundee. Here our locomotive takes on water. On leaving Dundee the line skirts the sea shore on its way to Montrose before continuing through Stonehaven to the Granite City, Aberdeen. After a break in the city, Scots Guardsman continues to haul our train to Inverness through Huntley, Keith, Elgin and Nairn. We arrive at Inverness in the late afternoon and transfer to our hotels. Train 2 After reversal at Thornton Junction, train 2 heads south-westwards to Cowdenbeath and UK Tours - The Great Britain V

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Dunfermline. Here we join a freight line which runs along the Forth to Alloa, before continuing through Stirling to the outskirts of Glasgow at Springburn. We pass through Dumbarton before joining the West Highland line at Craigendoran. After a brief stop at Arrochar & Tarbet Station, we observe the tranquil beauty of Loch Lomond. We leave Crianlarich, where the Oban line branches off, and head for the wild and desolate Rannoch Moor. We pass by Loch Treig and through the amazing Monessie Gorge. The highest mountain in Scotland at 4,418ft, Ben Nevis, comes into view as we approach Fort William where we arrive in the mid afternoon. Overnight accommodation is in Fort William. Monday 23rd April Steam to Kyle of Lochalsh and from Mallaig to Fort William Train 1 – Inverness to Fort William We depart from Inverness steam-hauled by LMS Black 5 No. 45305. A full Scottish Breakfast will be silver served at your seat in premier class, soon after departure. We pass over the Caledonian Canal on the Clachnaharry Swing Bridge, then take the Kyle line at Dingwall; possibly the most scenic line in the country. The route takes us up to Raven Rock Summit and Luib Summit before we


stop at Achnashellach for the locomotive to take water. We descend to the shores of Loch Carron and experience fine views of the lochs and mountains. At Kyle of Lochalsh we join road coaches which take us on a scenic tour over the Skye Bridge on to the Isle of Skye and to Armadale. Here we take the ferry to Mallaig. On arrival at Mallaig our special train will be waiting with steam locomotive No. 61994 The Great Marquess. We enjoy a scenic journey east passing the Sands of Morar and crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct en route to Fort William. Overnight accommodation is in Fort William. Train 2 – Fort William to Inverness We depart from Fort William, steam-hauled by K4 2-6-0 No. 61994, for our journey to Mallaig. We cross the impressive Caledonian Canal at Banavie and run beside Loch Linnhe. The splendid curved Glenfinnan Viaduct is a masterpiece of engineering famous in its own right but given greater prominence recently through the Harry Potter films. Take the opportunity to photograph it, it’s a fabulous sight. We are travelling through some of the most breathtaking scenery that Scotland has to offer. The beautiful colours of the glens and lochs stand out in contrast against the sombre tones of the mountains. There are views of the Atlantic Ocean and distant islands before we reach Mallaig. On arrival at Mallaig we join a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Here road coaches will be waiting to take us on a scenic tour through the Isle of Skye and over the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh. Here our special train will be waiting for us and we shall be steam-hauled by LMS Black 5 No. 45305 to Inverness. Overnight accommodation is in Inverness.

Tuesday 24th April Train 1 – Fort William to Glasgow We depart from Fort William mid-morning steamhauled by former LNER 2-6-0 The Great Marquess. We climb out of Fort William through the Monessie Gorge and pass Roy Bridge before tackling the steepest part of the climb up to Corrour (1,350ft), the second highest summit on British Railways. We cross Rannoch Moor and continue through Tyndrum to Crianlarich where our steam locomotive takes on water. We face another stiff climb up to Glen Douglas before reaching Garelochhead. From here The Great Marquess will haul us through Helensburgh and Dumbarton to Glasgow Queen Street. Overnight accommodation is in Glasgow. Train 2 – Inverness to Glasgow over the Highland main line We depart from Inverness late morning hauled by No. 46115 Scots Guardsman. We make the arduous climb up to Sloch Summit (1,315ft), probably the most gruelling climb on the whole network. We climb for 13 miles at 1 in 60 followed by another 10 miles at mostly 1 in 60. We descend through Aveimore before commencing the climb to Druimuachdar Summit (1,484ft), the highest summit on Britain’s railways. We continue to descend through the Highlands, passing Blair Athol and Pitlochry, before arriving in Perth where our steam locomotive takes on water. On leaving Perth we take the Glasgow main line and climb up to Gleneagles and Dunblane. There are fine views of Stirling Castle after we pass through Bridge of Allan. Continued overleaf.

Tour Summary Premier Class Price per person: £2355 Single Supplement: £385 Optional trip to Stranraer £169 First Class Price per person: £1775 Single Supplement: £330 Optional trip to Stranraer £119 Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £145 per person. (subject to availability) Premier class includes: • Eight nights overnight accommodation and breakfast in 3 and 4-star hotels • Eight lunches served on the train • Four breakfasts served on the train • Five dinners and one Afternoon tea silver served at your seat on the train • Seats will be in first class open coaches with comfortable deep cushioned Pullman style seats • Apart from breakfast, other meals at the hotels will be at your own expense First class includes: • Overnight accommodation and breakfast in 3 star hotels

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• Coffee or tea and Danish pastries • Afternoon tea and biscuits served at your seat • Seating is in first class open coaches with tables for two or four • Apart from breakfast other meals in hotels will be at your own expense Optional steam trip from Glasgow to Stranraer – 25.04.12 This includes a Premier class reserved seat, full Scottish Breakfast and 3-course lunch with tea or coffee. First class seats are also available including morning Breakfast Bap, orange juice, tea, coffee, afternoon tea and biscuits.

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We continue south to Glasgow Queen Street where, hopefully, Train 1 with The Great Marques will be waiting for us, having arrived from Fort William. Overnight accommodation is in Glasgow.

No. 70013 and No. 45305 over the steeply graded switchback line to Ayr. Here we detach No. 45305, leaving No. 70013 to haul our train back to Glasgow via Irvine and Paisley.

Wednesday 25th April Free day in Glasgow or steam over the South Western to Stranraer Today, there will be time to explore this vibrant Scottish city or perhaps take a trip to Loch Lomond or the Isle of Arran.

Thursday 26th April Glasgow Central to Preston via the South Western and the Settle to Carlisle Railway We leave Glasgow mid-morning hauled by Britannia Pacific No.70013 Oliver Cromwell and head for Paisley along the line to Ayr. It is a fast main line and we should make good progress to Newton-on-Ayr. Here we take the freight-only line to Mauchline, where we join the Glasgow & South Western main line. This was the old stamping ground of the Thames Clyde Express, regularly hauled in steam days by a rebuilt Royal Scot. We then climb up to Drumlanrig Tunnel before descending to Dumfries. We continue alongside the Solway Firth to Gretna Junction and on to Carlisle. On leaving Carlisle we join the Settle and Carlisle Railway, probably the best known and dramatic piece of railway in England. The climbing begins soon after leaving Carlisle. We call at Appleby for our steam locomotive to take on

Optional steam trip to Stranraer Our train will leave Glasgow Central hauled by No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell. We cross the River Clyde on departure and take the GSWR route at Bridge Street Junction. We pass through Paisley, Dalry and Troon before arriving at the resort of Ayr. Here Black 5 No. 45305 couples on to the front of the train and we continue double-headed to Girvan. There is a tremendous climb out of Girvan up to Pinmore Tunnel, from where the route descends to Pinwherry, and then climbs steeply again through Barrhill. From Chirmorie Summit it is downhill all the way to Stranraer. Our train returns from Stranraer double-headed by

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water then continue climbing through Kirkby Stephen toward the highest railway summit in England at Ais Gill (1,169ft). We cross magnificent viaducts, including the famous one at Ribblehead, and steam through long tunnels, with the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough providing an ever shifting backdrop. A fast run out of the hills through Settle brings us to Long Preston where we stop for our locomotive to take on water. From here we travel through Hellifield, Clitheroe and Blackburn and on to Preston where we transfer to our hotels for an overnight stay. Friday 27th April The Welsh Marches with a Scot After breakfast we transfer to Preston Station where our train will be waiting for us. We head south from Preston hauled by the rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0 No. 46100 Royal Scot. We pass through Warrington before entering the Roman city of Chester. Heading south on the single line to Wrexham, we pause at Chirk for our steam locomotive to take on water. We pass through Shrewsbury, where we join the scenic Welsh Marches route through Ludlow and Hereford.


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Tour Summary Premier Class Price per person: £2355 Single Supplement: £385 Optional trip to Stranraer £169 First Class Price per person: £1775 Single Supplement: £330 Optional trip to Stranraer £119 Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £145 per person. (subject to availability) Premier class includes:

From here we make the difficult climb up to Llanvihangel Summit before descending through Abergavenny towards Newport. We pass through the Severn Tunnel before arriving at Bristol Temple Meads. Here we leave the train and check into our hotels. Saturday 28th April Two Bulleid Pacific’s to Penzance At Bristol Temple Meads our two locomotives No. 34067 Tangmere and No. 34046 Braunton will be waiting to haul our train double-headed to Penzance. We anticipate a fast run from Bristol across the Somerset Levels to Taunton. We then climb up to Whiteball Summit on the border of Somerset and Devon. On leaving Exeter we follow the Exe Estuary, with its picturesque fishing boat views, and run along the sea wall between Dawlish and Teignmouth. After Newton Abbot, our two Britannia Pacific’s will be able to demonstrate their true power as they tackle some of the steepest gradients on main lines in this country. First there is the difficult climb of Dainton Bank, up to Dainton Tunnel, before dropping down to Totnes. Here begins the equally difficult climb of Rattery Bank before the descent to Plymouth. After Plymouth we cross over the River Tamar on Brunel’s masterpiece, The Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash. He designed this bridge for the Cornwall Railway Company after Parliament rejected his original plan for a ferry across the Hamoaze, the tidal River Tamar. It was opened in 1859 and provides fine views over the Estuary. Our train continues through the wonderful Cornish countryside, over high slender viaducts and through short tunnels providing stimulating views through our carriage windows. Soon we arrive at Penzance where there will be almost two hours to explore the town. We will be leaving our two steam locomotives at Penzance, and Western Class Diesel D1015 Western Champion will take us back to Bristol Temple Meads

29th April Return to London Paddington via Gloucester and Sapperton Bank King Class Locomotive No. 6023 King Edward II hauls our train north from Bristol Temple Meads through to Gloucester. Here our steam locomotive takes on water and turns on the nearby triangle. We depart east-bound and soon pass through glorious scenery along the Stroud Valley in rural Gloucestershire. We begin climbing Sapperton Bank, then pass through Sapperton Tunnel and Kemble Station before joining the Great Western main line at Swindon. From here there should be a fast run back to London Paddington.

• Eight nights overnight accommodation and breakfast in 3 and 4-star hotels • Eight lunches served on the train • Four breakfasts served on the train • Five dinners and one afternoon tea silver served at your seat on the train • Seats will be in first class open coaches with comfortable deep cushioned Pullman style seats • Apart from breakfast, other meals at the hotels will be at your own expense First class includes: • Overnight accommodation and breakfast in 3 star hotels • Coffee or tea and Danish pastries

Luggage All luggage transfers are taken care of by RTC from Edinburgh to Bristol. You are responsible for taking your luggage to the train in London and then to the first hotel in Edinburgh and then from the last hotel in Bristol to the train. All other transfers are made by us between the hotels.

• Afternoon tea and biscuits served at your seat • Seating is in first class open coaches with tables for two or four • Apart from breakfast other meals in hotels will be at your own expense Optional steam trip from Glasgow to Stranraer – 25.04.12 This includes a Premier class reserved seat, full Scottish Breakfast and 3-course lunch with tea or coffee. First class seats are also available including morning Breakfast Bap, orange juice, tea, coffee, afternoon tea and biscuits.

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The Cock O’The North Thursday 17th May to Tuesday 22nd May 2012 Thursday 6th September to Tuesday 11th September 2012 This tour explores the north of Scotland and avoids busy roads by using fast trains and travelling first class to and from the North. Highlights of the tour include visits to preserved steam railways, the spectacular train journeys from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and from Mallaig to Fort William, plus two nights on the Isle of Skye. A special coach handles our luggage, accompanying us throughout the Scottish part of our tour. We take advantage of the contemporary First Class Lounge at London’s King’s Cross Station which provides a peaceful space in which to relax prior to our journey. Thursday Highland Chieftain to Inverness We join the Highland Chieftain train for the journey from London King’s Cross Station to Inverness via Peterborough and York. En route, a light lunch will be served at our seats. We speed along the East Coast Main Line, as we head north, passing through Newcastle, Edinburgh and Perth. At Inverness we check in to our 3-star hotel for two nights. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. (L D) Friday Strathspey Railway and the Keith & Dufftown Railway Our road coach takes us to Aviemore where we join a Strathspey Railway steam train for the journey to Broomhill and back. With the Cairngorm Mountains close by, the area is a favourite tourist attraction because of its natural beauty. We rejoin our road coach to travel from Aviemore to Dufftown, where lunch will be served in the Buffer Stop, a railway restaurant car. We make a return trip by vintage diesel rail car on the Keith and Dufftown Railway’s Whisky Line. It runs for eleven miles through some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery, passing beautiful forests, farmland and distilleries.To end the day,

we visit a traditional Highland whisky distillery before returning to our hotel in Inverness. (B L D) Saturday Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh by train After a traditional Scottish breakfast, we leave Inverness by train for Kyle of Lochalsh. Our luggage is transported by privately chartered road coach, which follows our progress over the next four days. We pass through forests, alongside lakes overlooked by mountains, then run along the shores of Loch Carron, a sea inlet. The line has been voted one of the most scenic in Britain. There will be time to have a look around Kyle of Lochalsh before we take a coach journey over the Skye Bridge and on to the Isle of Skye. We travel to Portree, the main town and capital of the Island, which is known for its picturesque harbour. We check in at The Royal Hotel which will be our base for the next two nights. (B D) Sunday Tour of Skye Today, we have a tour guide for the day as we explore the fascinating Isle of Skye by road coach. We shall see the Black Cuillins, mountains of jagged bare rock with twelve summits above 3,000 feet. We return to Portree where there will UK Tours - The Cock O’The North

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be time to look around and to enjoy a picnic lunch. We shall also visit the north of the island, including the Flora MacDonald Memorial Cross and the romantic and historic Dunvegan Castle, ancient home of the MacLeods. Skye is renowned for its spectacular scenery, vibrant culture and heritage, as well as its abundant wildlife, which includes the golden eagle, sea eagle, red deer and otter. As always we will stop the coach for photography and filming when appropriate. (B L D) Monday Ferry to Mallaig for Jacobite steam train trip After breakfast, we say farewell to Portree and head south by road coach to Armadale where we catch the ferry to Mallaig, a boat journey of around thirty minutes. On arrival at Mallaig there will be time for you to explore and find lunch before joining The Jacobite steam train to Fort William, for another unforgettable journey. Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world, the Jacobite takes us for forty two miles through some of the most magnificent scenery that Scotland has to offer. Apart from the mountain and sea views, it crosses the world famous twenty-one arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. On arrival at Fort William we rejoin our


road coach for the journey to Inverness, passing through the Great Glen with its many lochs. We shall also travel the whole length of the famous Loch Ness. At Inverness we check in to our hotel. (B D) Tuesday The Highland Chieftain back to London We enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before boarding the Highland Chieftain, in our first class seats. We depart Inverness and pass through the Highlands. Our train continues through Perth, Edinburgh, Newcastle and York en route to London King’s Cross. A light lunch will also be served on our journey south. (B L)

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London (Price per person) £1160 Peterborough (Price per person) £1125 York (Price per person) £1095 Single supplement £140

Mallaig Ft. William Perth Stirling

Price includes: Edinburgh

Approx. timings London King’s Cross Peterborough York Inverness *Change at York

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Return 15:50 15:45* 13:52 07:55

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• First class rail travel to Inverness and return, from London, Peterborough or York, with at-seat dining on the outward journey • 5 nights bed and breakfast at good quality 3 star hotels • 5 dinners • 4 lunches • Our own road coach to transport luggage for the duration in Scotland leaving you free to enjoy the train rides and other journeys • First class rail travel on The Jacobite from Mallaig to Fort William • Standard class rail travel between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh (First Class not provided on this train) • All train travel, transfers and tours • Reserved seats • The services of a tour manager Meals included each day are shown as: B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner May 2012 M

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The Western Isles Tuesday 12th June to Wednesday 20th June 2012 Tuesday 7th August to Wednesday 15th August 2012 Scotland is just on your doorstep and it is so beautiful! This wonderful tour explores the north-west of Scotland, avoiding busy roads by travelling on fast trains in comfortable first class seats for the journeys to and from the north. Highlights of the tour include visiting areas where other tours do not normally go, such as the Isles of Harris and Lewis and the beautiful region beyond Ullapool, plus a trip on The Jacobite steam train. A coach handling our luggage will accompany us throughout Scotland. We take advantage of the contemporary First Class Lounge at London’s King’s Cross Station which provides a peaceful space to relax prior to our journey. Tuesday To Scotland in style We wave goodbye to London’s King’s Cross Station and then stop at Peterborough to pick up more passengers. En route, a light lunch will be served at your seat. We stop at York where more passengers may join the train. The train continues its journey along the East Coast Main Line via Newcastle and Edinburgh and on to Glasgow. From there, a coach takes us to The Inverbeg Inn for dinner and overnight accommodation. The Inn is located in beautiful countryside on the banks of Loch Lomond and enjoys stunning views of both the Loch and Ben Lomond. It also prides itself on its excellent customer service. (L D) Wednesday Lake Cruise on Loch Lomond After a leisurely breakfast, and perhaps a stroll by the Loch, our road coach takes us the short distance to Tarbet where we have a private cruise on Loch Lomond, with a light lunch provided. We rejoin our coach to travel the short distance to Arrochar and Tarbet Station to catch a train to Fort William. The route passes through spectacular scenery, crossing the remote Rannoch Moor, to Fort William. The town is located in an enviable position on Loch Linnhe with the majestic Ben

Nevis, at 4,406 feet Britain’s highest mountain, as its backdrop. Our train is due to arrive at 16:30 and we check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Thursday The Jacobite and over the sea to Skye Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world, The Jacobite steam train takes us for 42 miles through some of the most magnificent scenery that Scotland has to offer. Apart from the mountain and sea views, it crosses the world famous twenty-one arch Glenfinnan Viaduct. The final destination is Mallaig, where we have around two hours to explore the town and fishing port and find lunch. We board the ferry for the Isle of Skye. At Armadale we rejoin our road coach which, as always, has followed us with our luggage, to travel to our hotel in Portree. (B D) Friday Skye and Harris Islands Our coach takes us across Skye to Uig, pausing a few times for us to take in the scenery. Our ferry departs at around 14:00 for the one and half hour crossing to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. We travel onwards through the bleak landscape of Harris and Lewis to the island’s capital, Stornoway, UK Tours - The Western Isles

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where we stay at a hotel for two nights. (B D) Saturday The Isle of Lewis Today we have a guided coach tour of the Isle of Lewis, including the Butt of Lewis with its lighthouse, and the Calanais Stone Circle. These spectacular prehistoric standing stones form dramatic avenues with a circle of large monoliths at the centre. They were almost totally covered with peat until the mid-19th Century. We stop for lunch on our journey. (B L D) Sunday Lochinver This morning we have time to explore Stornoway. We join the ferry for Ullapool to return to the mainland before travelling on to Lochinver, a pleasant village with a beautiful harbour and a magnificent mountain backdrop. We stay here for two nights at the luxurious Inverlodge Hotel, set on a hillside overlooking the bay. All rooms have splendid views and deer often appear on the lawns outside. (B D)


Monday North West Scottish Highlands Our road coach takes us to discover the remote, impressive landscape of the North West Highlands, which offer deserted sandy beaches and spectacular mountain scenery. The tour passes through Scourie and Laxford Bridge before arriving at Durness, where there will be time for lunch. (B D)

Wednesday The Highland Chieftain back to London We enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before boarding the Highland Chieftain, in our first class seats. We depart Inverness and pass through the Highlands; a wonderful experience. Our train continues through Perth, Edinburgh, Newcastle and York en route to London King’s Cross. A light lunch will also be served on our journey south. (B L)

Tuesday Dunrobin Castle and Inverness We depart by road coach along mountain roads to Lairg and Dunrobin Castle. The Castle is located on high terraces from where there are views across its wonderful gardens to the sea beyond. A highlight of the visit will be the falconry display. We have lunch in the Castle before transferring to Golspie station where we board a train to Inverness. Upon arrival we check in to our hotel. (B L D)

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Tour Summary London (Price per person) £1395 Peterborough (Price per person) £1370 York (Price per person) £1350 Single supplement £285 Price includes: • First class rail travel from London to Glasgow and Inverness to London with at-seat dining • 8 nights half board accommodation in 3 star hotels • 5 Lunches • All train travel and coach transfers mentioned in the itinerary • First class rail travel on The Jacobite from Fort William to Mallaig

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The Summer Highlander Tuesday 17th July to Saturday 21st July 2012 This tour allows us to travel to and from Scotland by fast trains, avoiding busy roads and making the journeys even more enjoyable by travelling first class. Highlights of the tour include travel by train on preserved steam railways, the spectacular train journeys from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and from Mallaig to Fort William, and the Isle of Skye. We are accompanied throughout Scotland by a road coach that will handle our luggage. We take advantage of the contemporary First Class Lounge at London’s King’s Cross Station which provides a peaceful space in which to relax prior to our journey. Tuesday 17th July Highland Chieftain to Scotland At mid-day the Highland Chieftain train leaves London’s King’s Cross Station bound for Inverness. It stops at Peterborough and York to collect further passengers. As we speed along the East Coast Main Line a light lunch will be served at our seats. We pass through Newcastle, Edinburgh and Perth en route to Aviemore, from where we transfer by road coach to our hotel in Fort William. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. (L D) Wednesday 18th July The Jacobite and over the sea to Skye The Jacobite steam train is described as one of the great railway journeys of the world. It takes us for 42 miles through some of the most magnificent scenery that Scotland has to offer. Apart from stunning mountain and sea views, it crosses the world famous twenty-one arch Glenfinnan Viaduct. The final destination is Mallaig, where there will be around an hour to explore this attractive fishing port and then board the ferry for the Isle of Skye. At Armadale we rejoin our road coach which, as always, has followed us with our luggage. We travel through Kyleakin and Broadford on the picturesque Isle of Skye before crossing the famous Skye Bridge, which links Skye to the Kyle of Lochalsh. At Kyle of Lochalsh we board the late afternoon service train to Inverness

and travel along one of Europe’s most scenic railway lines. We run alongside Loch Carron, then enjoy superb views of lochs and mountains, and pass through forests, en route to Inverness, where we arrive around 19:00. We transfer to our hotel which will be our base for 3 nights. Dinner will be served at our hotel. (B D) Thursday 19th July The Far North Breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant before we depart by road coach to Dunrobin Castle. Here a piper will greet us and lead us to the castle which is perched high above the seashore. We shall have a tour of the castle and its grounds, including a falconry display, before taking a light lunch. We rejoin our coach and continue northbound to John O’Groats, with its tiny harbour and views across the Pentland Firth to the Orkneys. We visit the Castle of Mey before arriving at Thurso Railway Station where we join a ScotRail service train to Inverness. The railway takes a different route to the road, thus providing a fresh perspective on the region’s wonderful scenery. On arrival at Inverness we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

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Friday 20th July The Strathspey and Keith & Dufftown Railways Today, our road coach takes us to Aviemore where we join a Strathspey Railway steam train for the journey to Broomhill and return. Our train will travel through the countryside at a leisurely pace, with the Cairngorm Mountains in view, allowing us to fully appreciate the scenery in an area famous for its stunning natural beauty. On arrival back at Aviemore, our coach takes us to Dufftown, where lunch will be served in the Buffer Stop, a railway restaurant car. We make the return trip in a vintage diesel rail car on the Keith and Dufftown Railway, also known as The Whisky Line. It runs for eleven miles from Dufftown to Keith, passing through some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery with forest, farmland and distilleries. To complete our day, we have a visit to a traditional Highland whisky distillery before we return to our hotel in Inverness. (B L D)


Saturday 21st July The Highland Chieftain back to London We enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before boarding the Highland Chieftain, in our first class seats. We depart Inverness and pass through the Highlands; a wonderful experience. Our train continues through Perth, Edinburgh and Newcastle en route to York and London where it is due to arrive at King’s Cross Station just before 16:00. A light lunch will also be served on our journey south. (B L) Approx. timings London King’s Cross Peterborough York Aviemore Inverness *Change at York

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Snowdonia and the Northern Fells Friday 27th July to Thursday 2nd August 2012 Friday 17th August to Thursday 23rd August 2012 This wonderful tour to Cumbria and around North Wales features main line steam trips and steam trains on ‘Great Little Trains of Wales’. We experience the magnificent Cumbrian Mountain Express, the exciting North Wales Coast Express, and the thrilling Welsh Mountaineer. We travel on the Snowdon Mountain, Ffestiniog, Llangollen, and Welshpool and Llanfair Railways. As an extra highlight, we travel over the railway wonder of the 21st Century, the rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway. These journeys by steam train present a very special way of seeing some of the best scenery in the British Isles. All in all a steam epic! With limited spaces available, we recommend early booking to secure a place. Friday Explore Liverpool We meet at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Liverpool, located opposite Lime Street Station, which will be our base for two nights. Arrive at your leisure giving you time, if you wish, to explore this fine city. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at the Holiday Inn Hotel. (D) Saturday Cumbrian Mountain Express Today we join our steam charter train the “Cumbrian Mountain Express” at Liverpool Lime Street. We will have an impressive exit from Lime Street Station, hauled by a magnificent Pacific locomotive “Duchess of Sutherland” or “Oliver Cromwell”, and soon afterwards breakfast will be served at our seats. Heading north through Preston, we skirt the Lake District before entering the Lune Valley. Our steam locomotive will be fully extended as we begin our ascent to the summit of Shap Fell. Descending through Penrith North Lakes, we halt at Carlisle for a two hour break. Leaving Carlisle we join the Settle and Carlisle Railway, climbing up through Langwathby and Culgaith and pausing for water at the market town of Appleby. Spectacular scenery follows as we

climb the steep gradient to Ais Gill summit and pass through Dent Dale, with the Peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent dominating the landscape. Twenty major viaducts and fourteen tunnels culminate in the magnificent 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct. As we continue back to Liverpool Lime Street, we enjoy a four course dinner, silver-served at our seats. We stay overnight at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. (B L D) Sunday Steam along the North Wales Coast to Bangor After breakfast we join our special steam hauled “North Wales Coast Express” train at Liverpool Lime Street Station and take our reserved 1st class seats. Hauled by 6201 “Princess Elizabeth”, we take the Liverpool to Manchester Railway route of 1830 before joining the West Coast Main Line to Warrington. On leaving Chester we cross the River Dee and enter Wales, running along the Dee Estuary and then beside the Irish Sea as we pass Prestatyn and Rhyl. This coastline is known for its stunning beaches and, at Colwyn Bay, we have fantastic views of the Great Orme. Running close to the Irish Sea we then pass through several small seaside resorts before arriving at Bangor. UK Tours - Snowdonia and The Northern Fells

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We transfer by coach to Penrhyn Castle, a dramatic neo-Norman fantasy built in the early 19th Century for a wealthy Welsh family. It is crammed with fascinating objects, has extensive grounds, and a stable block which contains an industrial railway museum, dolls and model railway museums. Afterwards our coach takes us across Anglesey to Holyhead where we rejoin our steam train for the return journey to Bangor. We transfer by road coach to Caernarfon and check in to a 3-star hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Monday The Snowdon Mountain and Welsh Highland Railways This morning we transfer to Llanberis Station for a steam trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, with its superb summit views, weather permitting! Back in Llanberis there will be some free time to explore this delightful Snowdonian town and have lunch. In the afternoon we take a trip on the newly completed Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, through the magnificent Snowdonia National Park. This fantastic forty mile journey, steam hauled by a two foot narrow gauge Garratt locomotive, begins close to Caernarfon Castle, and passes through spectacular mountain scenery,


Beddgelert, and the famous Aberglaslyn Pass. On arrival at Porthmadog, we transfer by road coach to a hotel in Llandudno, for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Tuesday A Steam spectacular up to Blaneau Ffestiniog After breakfast we take a ride on the 3’6” gauge Great Orme Tramway from Llandudno Victoria Station to Great Orme Summit Station. Afterwards we go to Llandudno Junction Station to join ‘The Welsh Mountaineer’ special steam train to Blaenau Ffestiniog. It will be hauled by a former LMS ‘Black 5’ or ‘8F’ steam locomotive along this incredibly steep branch line, climbing uphill into Snowdonia through Betws-y-Coed and Pont-y-Pant to Blaneau Ffestiniog. There will be over two hours to explore Blaneau Ffestiniog and find lunch before we retrace our steps downhill to Llandudno Junction. Our steam hauled train continues along the North Wales Coast line to Chester where we hope to arrive by 19:00. Dinner and overnight accommodation is in Chester. (B D)

begin our journey on the picturesque 2’6” gauge Welshpool and Llanfair Railway. We take an enjoyable steam hauled ride through the delightful Banwy Valley to Llanfair Caereinion, and return to Welshpool. We then continue by road coach to our hotel in Shrewsbury for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Thursday The Scenic Cambrian Coast and Ffestiniog Railway Today we travel from Shrewsbury by service train through Mid Wales over Talerddig summit to Machynlleth. From here we head north on the picturesque line along the Cambrian Coast. We pass through Aberdovey and cross the Afon Mawddach Estuary on the wooden Barmouth Bridge where we enjoy magnificent views, en route to Barmouth and Porthmadog. At Porthmadog there will be time to have lunch before we join a steam hauled train on the Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog. From here we return to Liverpool by road coach, calling at Chester Station on the way for the convenience of customers who may wish to catch a train there for their homeward journey. (B)

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The West Highlander Steam Express Friday 7th September to Monday 10th September 2012 Join us for an exhilarating four day tour around the Western Highlands of Scotland on our own exclusive steam hauled chartered train, featuring three different steam locomotives. The tour begins in Crewe and picks up further passengers at Wilmslow, Stockport, Manchester Victoria, Bolton and Preston, where there are good connections from London, Birmingham, The Midlands and the North of England. There is no better way to enjoy the superb scenery of the Western Highlands than to travel through it by train. Highlights of the tour include visits to Fort William, Mallaig and Oban plus views of the majestic Ben Nevis, the tranquil Loch Lomond, the barren beauty of Rannoch Moor, and much, much more. Mountains and moorland, lochs, glens and seascapes abound as we travel the West Highland Line, the world famous Fort William to Mallaig Line, plus the Oban Line. Our train will be hauled by an LMS Royal Scot class, two LMS Black 5’s and LNER K1 class steam locomotives. It offers the option of travel in Premier Class, with a full meal service served at your seat, First Class or Standard Class. A buffet car will be included in the train.

Friday 7th September A Royal Scot from Preston to Glasgow Our train will be diesel hauled from Crewe and call to pick up more passengers at Wilmslow, Stockport, Manchester Victoria, Bolton and Preston, where passengers from other parts of the country can join the train by connecting services. We leave Preston hauled by steam locomotive No. 46115 “Scots Guardsman” and head north, passing through Lancaster. After Oxenholme Lake District, the gradient begins to increase and our steam locomotive will be working hard as we climb up to Grayrigg Summit. We pass through the scenic Lune Gorge and Tebay before commencing our assault on the dramatic Shap Fell, a major obstacle in the days of steam. On arrival at Carlisle there will be a break while our steam locomotive is serviced. We cross the border into Scotland at Gretna and, after Lockerbie, face a formidable climb up to Beattock Summit. The route then drops down through undulating countryside to Carstairs and Glasgow Central Station. We transfer to Glasgow hotels for overnight accommodation.

Saturday 8th September The spectacular West Highland Line to Mallaig We transfer to Glasgow Queen Street Station for an early departure, at around 06:30. Today our special train will be hauled by steam locomotive No. 46115 “Scots Guardsman” for the journey to Fort William. We travel around the outskirts of Glasgow towards the West Highland Line. We shall soon be passing within sight of the famous River Clyde between Dalmuir, Dumbarton and Craigendoran. After a brief stop at Arrochar & Tarbet Station we witness the tranquil beauty of Loch Lomond. We leave Crainlarich, where the Oban line branches off, and head for the wild and desolate Rannoch Moor. We pass by Loch Treig and through the amazing Monessie Gorge. The highest mountain in Scotland at 4,418ft, Ben Nevis, comes into view as we approach Fort William around lunchtime. Here we have a short break and a different steam locomotive, K1 class No. 62005, comes on to our train for the journey to Mallaig and back.

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We cross the impressive Caledonian Canal at Banavie and run beside Loch Linnhe. The splendid curved Glenfinnan Viaduct is a masterpiece of engineering famous in its own right but given greater prominence recently through the Harry Potter films. Take the opportunity to photograph it, it’s a fabulous sight. We are travelling through some of the most breathtaking scenery that Scotland has to offer. The beautiful colours of the glens and lochs stand out in contrast against the sombre tones of the mountains. There are views of the Atlantic Ocean and distant islands before we arrive at Mallaig. Here we have a break and an opportunity to explore this fishing and ferry port, to take a leisurely stroll to sample the bracing sea air, to spend some time shopping, or enjoying the excellent traditional fish and chips! We return to Fort William, make our way to our hotels for overnight accommodation and maybe ‘a wee dram or two’!


Sunday 9th September Fort William, Oban and Glasgow At 09:00, after a hearty traditional Scottish breakfast, we leave Fort William, steam hauled by No. 46115 “Scots Guardsman”. Climbing out of Fort William through the spectacular scenery of the Monessie Gorge, we pass Roy Bridge, then tackle the steepest part of the climb up to Corrour, the second highest summit on British railways. We cross Rannoch Moor and continue through Tyndrum Upper to Crainlarich where “Scots Guardsman” takes on water. We set off for Oban double headed by two Black 5 locomotives 44871 and 45407, passing through Tyndrum Lower and continuing through the magnificent scenery of Loch Awe and the Falls of Cruachan. Soon after passing Taynuilt we arrive at the terminus of the line, Oban, where there will be a break for lunch. As soon as we leave Oban we begin an awesome climb where the locomotives will be working flat out to reach the summit. We begin our descent to Connel Ferry and Taynuilt, retracing our route to Crainlarich, from where “Scots Guardsman” will return our train to Glasgow. We face another stiff climb up to Glen Douglas before descending to Helensburgh and the Clyde valley. We pass through Dumbarton and Springburn before arriving at Glasgow Queen Street. Monday 10th September Journey home We depart Glasgow Central at 09:30 hauled by No. 46115 “Scots Guardsman” travelling by the Glasgow and South Western route through Paisley and Dalry to Newton on Ayr. Here we take the freight only line to Mauchline Junction where we join the Glasgow and South Western Main Line. We continue through Kirkconnel, Dumfries and Gretna to Carlisle. We continue steam hauled climbing up to Shap summit, and then descend to pass through Carnforth and Lancaster en route to Preston. At Preston a diesel locomotive takes over our train for the rest of the journey to Crewe via Bolton, Manchester Victoria, Stockport and Wilmslow.

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Tour Summary Premier Class £855 First Class £655 Standard Class £495 Premier Class Single Supplement £90 First Class Single Supplement £90 Standard Class Single Supplement £69 Premier Class price includes: • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Glasgow and Fort William • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners silver served at your seat on the train • First class accommodation on the train Table for two supplement £50.00 per person First Class price includes: • 3 nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in Glasgow and Fort William • Dinner in Fort William • First class accommodation on the train Table for two supplement £50.00 per person Standard Class price includes: • 3 nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in Glasgow and Fort William • Dinner in Fort William • Standard class accommodation on the train Meals included each day are shown as: B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner September 2012 M

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Winter in Austria Tuesday 31st January 2012 to Thursday 9th February 2012 Join us on an all new tour that explores the majesty of the Austrian Alps during winter time. We visit some of the country’s most breathtaking mountain valleys, yet also cover lesser known regions. Our tour begins at the lakeside town of Zell am See which is surrounded by Austria’s highest peaks and most formidable glaciers. Eventually we reach the historic city of Graz in Styria. We travel by steam trains that are themselves wonderfully idyllic and most romantic in the snow. We explore no less than four different 760 mm narrow gauge lines, the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn, Stainzerbahn, Feistritztalbahn, and Murtalbahn, and travel by our own exclusive chartered steam train on each of them. We are also hauled from Graz by one of the oldest operational steam locomotives in the world, the beautifully ornate standard gauge No. 671 dating from 1860! We stay at attractive, wood-panelled mountain hotels that are icons of Austria’s legendary hospitality. They offer all the traditional charm of local craftsmanship combined with refined modern comfort and superior service. This tour is ideal for regular visitors to Austria, who would like to get to know the country from a completely new vantage point, as well as casual newcomers. Tuesday 31st January London to Stuttgart by Eurostar and TGV We travel by high speed train from London St. Pancras, via Paris, to Stuttgart, in southern Germany. There we check in to our elegant hotel located right next to the city’s historic railway station. We have a group dinner at the hotel. (D) Wednesday 1st February Train through the Bavarian and Austrian Alps to Zell am See The morning is free to explore Stuttgart and stroll through the attractive city centre and see the Baroque chateau, Stuttgart’s principal landmark. We have a noon departure by EuroCity train, complete with dining car, for our onward journey to Zell am See. The route is via Munich, Traunstein, Salzburg and Bischofshofen, directly through the heart of both the Bavarian and Austrian Alps. We stay for two nights in the lake-side resort town of Zell am See. Dinner is at the hotel. (B D)

Thursday 2nd February Steam on the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn Today we have our first exclusively chartered steam train. We travel on the 52 km long branch line from Zell am See to Krimml, famous for its spectacular waterfalls. These are usually frozen in winter and hence form an impressive natural spectacle. The Pinzgauer Lokalbahn runs along the River Salzach for most of the way and is set amidst one of Austria’s most mountainous regions. Several of the country’s highest peaks and glaciers are located nearby and within sight from our route. Our locomotive for the day is the famous Austro-Hungarian era Mh.3 (Class 399). This gracefully refined 0-8-2 will also provide us with several line-side photographic opportunities en route. The cold winter air will naturally create more visible and spectacular steam effects. We have a group lunch in Krimml and evening dinner at the hotel in Zell am See. (B L D) Friday 3rd February Transfer to Graz, vintage tram ride in Graz We have a late morning departure by direct European Tours - Winter in Austria

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InterCity train from Zell am See to Graz. The route takes us through mountainous countryside via Schladming, Selzthal and Leoben. Graz is Austria’s second largest city and was the European Capital of Culture in 2003. After checking in to the Hotel Mercure in the city centre, we have a sightseeing tour of the city on a specially chartered vintage tram dating from the early 20th Century. The old town of Graz is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The evening is free to discover more of the remarkable splendour of this historic city. (B L) Saturday 4th February By steam train from Graz to Köflach After breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the railway station and board our special steam train to Köflach. We travel on the standard gauge Graz-Köflach (GKB) railway which connects Graz with outlying rural regions to the west and south. Today is one of the highlights of the tour as our train is to be hauled by the vintage steam locomotive No. 671 dating from 1860.


This remarkable locomotive has a distinctive, diamond shaped chimney and an old-fashioned brass-lined steam dome. It holds the world record for being the longest serving operational locomotive anywhere in the world, since it has never been officially withdrawn or decommissioned. The line to Köflach is 40 km long and there is the possibility of having some photographic run-pasts en route. In Köflach the locomotive will be turned on a turntable. After lunch we return to Graz by our special train hauled by No. 671. The evening is free to enjoy the city and find a restaurant of your choice. (B L)

Wednesday 8th February Graz to Stuttgart We have a late morning departure from Graz and travel by EuroCity train non-stop to Stuttgart. The route crosses Austria and Bavaria. We have a late afternoon arrival in Stuttgart and dinner at the hotel. (B D) Thursday 9th February Stuttgart to London by TGV and Eurostar We return to the UK by high speed rail, travelling on the TGV from Stuttgart to Paris and then by Eurostar from Pairs Gare du Nord to London St. Pancras. (B)

Sunday 5th February By steam train from Graz to Stainz and Wies Today we travel by steam train with No. 671, along the southern branch line of the GKB network, to Wies. This 50 km long line passes through delightful landscape with rolling hills and open fields. We pause at Preding, the junction with the narrow gauge line to Stainz, where there will be an excellent opportunity to stage and photograph a mock double departure by narrow and standard gauge steam trains. Afterwards we join the narrow gauge train for a return journey on the 11 km branch line to Stainz. On arrival back at Preding, we continue to Wies and then return to Graz in the late afternoon behind No. 671. Dinner for the group is arranged in the old town of Graz this evening. (B L D)

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Monday 6th February Steam on the Feistritztalbahn Today we visit one of Austria’s lesser known narrow gauge railways in the small town of Weiz, about an hour’s journey by service train from Graz. The Feistritztalbahn runs for 24 km to Birkfeld and is a relatively obscure line. It may be considered a “best kept secret” but this does not do it justice as it is one of the most idyllic anywhere in Central Europe. Our exclusively chartered steam train will travel over several formidable bridges and majestic viaducts, all with superb views. Along the way, a photographic run-past or two will be possible. At mid-day we stop for lunch at a rustique and authentic country inn in Birkfeld. Afterwards we steam back to Weiz and return by service train to Graz. The evening is free time in Graz. (B L)

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Tuesday 7th February Steam on the Murtalbahn We have a specially chartered steam train to take us through the winter wonderland scenery of Styria today. The Murtalbahn is one of Austria’s more famous narrow gauge lines and therefore represents a fitting conclusion to our steam train adventures. We take the service train from Graz to Murau where we join our steam special to Tamsweg and back. Our train will feature a bar car with refreshments and hot drinks. En route we will also break for lunch. In the late afternoon we return to Murau where we change to the service train for the journey back to Graz. We have dinner at a restaurant in the old town of Graz in the evening. (B L D)

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Alpine Adriatic Express to Split Tuesday 3rd April to Friday 13th April 2012 This tour provides an opportunity for a one-off journey by special train through Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. It includes sightseeing tours of Lubljana, Split, and Zagreb together with visits to the Postojna Caves, Plitvice Lakes National Park, and Krka Waterfalls. We travel to Split and back in reserved 1st Class seats (4 persons in a compartment) on the IGE Nostalgic special train “Alpine Adriatic Express”. Tuesday 3rd April London to Nuremberg We have a morning departure by Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Brussels for our onward train journey to Nuremberg, where we transfer to our hotel for overnight accommodation. The evening meal is not included this evening providing an opportunity to dine out in the city of Nuremberg. (L) Wednesday 4th April Alpine Adriatic Express through Austria After breakfast, we join the 1960’s Special Nostalgic Train “Alpine Adriatic Express”. We travel southwards through Germany stopping at various points en route to Salzburg, Austria. We continue through Austria crossing the Alps by the fascinating Tauernbahn, a mountain line with an 8.5 km (5.5 miles) summit tunnel, into Carinthia, the southernmost Austrian state. In the evening the train arrives at Villach, a lively city on the River Drava (Drau) which has retained its historic character. We stay overnight at the Holiday Inn. (B) Thursday 5th April By Train to Llubljana, Slovenia We have the luxury of travelling without our luggage for the rest of the journey as it will be transferred directly to our hotels. After breakfast, we continue on our special Nostalgic Train through

the Karawanken Tunnel where we cross the border into Slovenia. We pass through the valley of the River Sava before arriving in Llubljana, the capital of Slovenia. We have a guided tour of the city which is dominated by its castle, and well known for its art and architecture, especially its central square and Dragon Bridge. There is an optional visit to the Slovenian Railway Museum, which includes a collection of more than 60 steam locomotives. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at the 5-star Lev Hotel in Llubljana. (B D) Friday 6th April Postojna Caves; Adriatic Sea at Opatija, Croatia After breakfast, we transfer by coach to Llubljana Railway Station where we board our Nostalgic Train to continue our journey towards KarstGebirge. The most remarkable original structure along the route is the curved Jelenov Viaduct in the Borovnici area. We break our journey in Postonja to visit the longest publicly accessible cave system in the world. We take an electric narrow gauge train into the Postojna Caves to see the stalactites and an aquarium containing olms, the largest trogloditic amphibian in the world. We rejoin our train for the journey over the Karst Hills towards Pivka, and cross the Croatian border before Sapjane. We begin the fascinating descent to sea level with magnificent views over the Gulf of Kvarner. Later in the afternoon, we arrive at the European Tours - Alpine Adriatic Express to Split

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Adriatic seaside resort of Opatija. Here we transfer by road coach to the 5-star Hotel Amabassador for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Saturday 7th April By train through the mountains to Split Today, we travel by road coach along the coast to Rijeka, the principal sea port of Croatia. We join our special train and once it leaves Rijeka Station it begins climbing into the mountains, using numerous loops, from where there are wonderful views of the city of Rijeka and the Adriatic Sea. The route follows the River Dobra and eventually reaches Ogulin Junction. There is a marked change in the landscape with fir and oak trees in the wooded Karst area. We break our journey at Vrhovine and travel by road coach to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and considered to be one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe. Here we enjoy an extensive coach tour of the park which is world famous for its lakes, as well as its unique flora and fauna. We return to our train and continue our journey in a southerly direction travelling through Lika, a mountainous region in central Croatia. The Karst landscape is both impressive and varied. In the evening we arrive at Split, on the Adriatic Coast, and transfer by road coach to the 5-star Atrium Hotel for dinner and three nights accommodation. (B D)


Sunday 8th April Exploring Split and Trogir After breakfast, we have a sightseeing tour of the ancient city of Split; its historic centre is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Split is famous for Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman Emperor, and the world’s most complete remains of a Roman palace. There will also be free time to discover the long sea-side promenade, or visit the cathedral, a museum or gallery. In the afternoon, our road coach takes us to the historic Adriatic town of Trogir, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in all of Central Europe. It is situated on a small island and its medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle, tower and a series of dwellings and palaces. We return to Split by road coach for overnight accommodation at our hotel. (B) Monday 9th April Historic Sibenik and Krka waterfalls Today we have excursions to two unique sights in Croatia. Firstly, we travel by road coach along the Adriatic Coast to the historic town of Sibenik, noted for its Mediterranean climate. Here the most notable building is the domed St. James Cathedral, Croatia’s most important architectural monument of the Renaissance. Secondly, we travel inland to the famous Krka National Park, named after the River Krka that flows through it. In an area 400 metres in length there are 17 waterfalls including Skradinski buk, a massive, clear, natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other. Inside the park is the island of Visovac, home to the Franciscan Visovac Monastery founded in 1445. We return to Split for dinner and overnight accommodation at our hotel. (B D) Tuesday 10th April Zagreb In the morning we transfer by coach to Split Railway Station where we rejoin our special Nostalgic Train. We leave the Adriatic Coast and once again pass through the Karst landscape heading towards Perkovic, Gospic, and Knin, an important railway junction. We continue through Ostarje and Karlovac before reaching the Croatian capital city of Zagreb. The city lies on both sides of the River Sava at the foot of the Medvednica mountain range. We arrive during the afternoon and have a guided tour of the city. There is an optional visit to the National Technical Museum with its historical railway section. Tonight we stay at the 5-star Westin Starwood Hotel where we have dinner. (B D)

Wednesday 11th April Zagreb to Graz We transfer by coach to Zagreb Station to continue our journey with our special Nostalgic Train. We cross the border into Slovenia near Dobovava, an international railway border crossing, and pass through the valley of the River Sava towards Zidani Most, an important railway junction. We continue through Celje, where the castle stands on three hills above the River Savinja to the south-east. We head towards Maribor, where we cross the River Drava. In Spielfeld–Strass, we change locomotives and then cross the border into Austria. During the afternoon we arrive in Graz, the second-largest city in Austria and capital of the state of Styria. From the station we transfer by coach to the 4-star Wiesler/Weitzer Hotel for overnight accommodation. There is a splendid view of the city from the historic Old Town and Schlossberg (castle), which are not far from our hotel. (B) Thursday 12th April Return to Germany Today, we continue our return journey with our special Nostalgic Train travelling along the valley of the River Mur from Graz to Bruck an der Mur and Leoben. We cross the Eisenerzer Alps by the Schober Pass and pass through the Bosruck Tunnel, which lies beneath the Pyrhn Pass. We then travel through the Kalkalpen National Park, the largest protected forest area in Austria, before arriving at Wels in northern Austria. From Wels, we travel over the Western Railway to Salzburg, then cross the border into Germany. We travel northwards through Germany to Nuremberg where we transfer to our hotel for overnight accommodation. (B) Friday 13th April Return to the UK After breakfast, we leave Nuremberg by train for the return journey to Brussels and onwards by Eurostar to London St. Pancras. (B)

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Steam in Tuscany Sunday 15th April to Sunday 22nd April 2012 Europe is indebted to Tuscany for its extraordinary contribution to our culture. So why not join us for a visually stunning tour across some of Italy’s most artistic regions and, of course, travel along some of Tuscany’s many delightful railways? Our tour begins on a superb steam hauled special train in Rimini. We also visit the historic towns of Florence, Sienna, Pisa and La Spezia. Florence is one of the highlights of the tour, taking in world famous sights including the Duomo, the Uffizi Art Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio. Sunday 15th April Flight to Bologna We take a direct flight from London to Bologna. On arrival, we transfer to the railway station and join an InterCity train for Rimini, where we check in at a comfortable, luxurious, 4-star hotel. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant this evening. (D)

wonderful city: the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo. The afternoon and evening will be free to explore medieval Florence and find a good restaurant for dinner. The Galleria dell’Accademia, home of Michelangelo’s David; the Uffizi Art Gallery; and the church of Santa Croce, final resting place of Galileo and Machiavelli; are all within easy reach. (B)

Monday 16th April Steam special from Rimini to Florence At Rimini Station we join our special train for Florence, where the arrival of our steam locomotive always causes a stir! This time we are hauled by a class 741 2-8-0 Crosti-boilered steam locomotive. We speed along the main line to Faenza, then take the scenic route through mountains, passing over spectacular viaducts. During this exciting journey we shall stop for photographs as well as breaking the journey for lunch in a good local restaurant. Arriving at Florence, we transfer to a 4-star hotel for two nights. (B L D)

Wednesday 18th April Steam charter train Florence to Sienna We return to Florence’s Santa Maria Station to board our train, this time hauled by an Italian 2-6-0 class 625 steam locomotive. We travel through superb Tuscan scenery heading for Sienna. We travel by road coach from Sienna to San Gimignano, a small fourteenth century fortified town, for lunch in a traditional restaurant serving specialist dishes of the region, plus good Tuscan wine! After lunch we return by road coach to Sienna, where we stay for two nights. (B L D)

Tuesday 17th April A wonderful day in Florence We have a morning sightseeing tour of Florence, with an expert local guide. The city was the birthplace of the Renaissance and the focus of artistic creativity for some of the world’s greatest talents. We shall see the main attractions of this

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rejoin our train and return to Sienna via the lovely medieval towns of Murlo and Monteroni d’Arbia. (B L D) Friday 20th April Tour Sienna and arrive at Pisa Sienna is one of the most interesting cities in Italy, so there’s plenty to see. After a city tour in the morning we have lunch in a good local restaurant, then in the afternoon we transfer by road coach to Pisa. Dinner and overnight accommodation is in Pisa for two nights. (B L D) Saturday 21st April Steam through the Tuscan Hills to La Spezia Today, our train will be hauled by one of the last surviving serviceable express passenger 2-6-2 steam locomotives of the 685 class. Leaving Pisa after breakfast, we head north-eastwards to Lucca, taking a picturesque route through the Tuscan Hills to La Spezia. This line is not used much so we shall be able to make photographic stops and take pictures of the train on the move. We stop in La Spezia for a tasty Italian lunch before returning to Pisa on board a regular service train, travelling along the coastal line. (B L D)


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Germany and the Czech Republic Saturday 5th May to Monday 14th May 2012 Come with us and enjoy Germany and the Czech Republic during the late spring, as we explore the rich culture and fascinating steam heritage of the regions of Bohemia, Moravia and Saxony. This brand new tour offers an exciting combination of impressive standard gauge steam locomotives; unusual narrow gauge lines; rarely visited regions full of natural beauty and rural charm; plus all the class and grandeur of the historic cities of Leipzig, Dresden, Prague, Olomouc and Berlin. We have a number of exclusive chartered trains that will feature haulage by some of Europe´s most remarkable steam locomotives, chief amongst them is Germany´s impressive “Pacific” No. 03 1010. Additionally, we have an enchanting cruise on the River Elbe aboard the Paddle Steamer “Krippen” from 1892. This cruise takes a rare route that has not been done in this way for several decades, from Dresden past Riesa to the river bend at Strehla. This tour provides exciting steam experiences by land and by water which will delight all travellers. Saturday 5th May From London to Leipzig by rail We travel from London St. Pancras International to Leipzig by Eurostar and Inter-City Express (ICE). In Leipzig we check in to our hotel near the spectacular Central Station (Hauptbahnhof – Hbf), the largest terminus station in Europe. We have dinner at the hotel. (D) Sunday 6th May Main line steam with 03 1010 This day features one of the main highlights of the tour, as we travel from Leipzig Hbf and through scenic parts of Saxony steam-hauled by the impressive “Pacific” 03 1010. The route for our special train will include both the busy main line as well as some less frequently used “rare track”. 03 1010 is one of Germany´s top express locomotives and was recently refurbished with the generous support of numerous British railway enthusiasts. The skilled footplate crew will demonstrate the speed and agility of the steam locomotive. Overnight accommodation is again in Leipzig, where the evening will be free to discover the city centre and dine at a restaurant of your choice. (B L)

Monday 7th May By paddle steamer to Strehla This morning we transfer from Leipzig to Dresden by ICE and check in our luggage at our next fourstar hotel. We continue the short distance to Dresden´s famous steamboat landing stage where a unique experience awaits us. We board the immaculately cared for paddle steamer “Krippen”, built in 1892, for an all day cruise down the River Elbe. We travel northwards, passing the famous porcelain city of Meissen with its impressive Albrechtsburg Castle and adjacent Cathedral. We pass through the gentle vineyards of the “Saxon Wine Road” and the provincial city of Riesa. We steam along the river even further to the beautifully scenic landscape of the huge “reverse S” river bend between Strehla and Lössnig. We have exclusively chartered our steamer and indeed this route has not been covered on a public sailing in many decades! The steamer has two cosy dining cabins as well as sheltered on-deck space and we will have both lunch and dinner onboard. We return to Dresden at sunset. (B L D)

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Tuesday 8th May Transfer to Prague, vintage tram ride through the City Today, we travel from Dresden to Prague by EuroCity (EC) train. We check into our hotel located in the heart of the extensive ‘old town’ of Prague, the beautiful capital city of the Czech Republic. Following check-in we have lunch at one of Prague´s characteristic and celebrated beer halls. Here you may sample the legendary Czech beer and traditional local fare. Following lunch, we have a private sightseeing tour through the city by a specially chartered vintage tram dating from the 1950’s. The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free to explore this remarkable city at your own leisure and find a restaurant of your choice for dinner. (B L) Wednesday 9th May Steam over the Prague Semmering and on to Slany with 423.0145 We depart from Prague Smichov Station for a noteworthy journey, in our specially chartered train, over the steep gradients and spectacular stone arch viaducts of the Prague Semmering. This impressively engineered “mountain line”,


dating from 1872, is located completely within the city limits. A bulky 1930’s steam tank locomotive No. 423.0145, with a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement, will be at the head of our train. The train will contain the delightful “Pivak” bar car with draft beer on board. We continue beyond the Prague Semmering, passing through Hostivice and travelling over rarely used lines, to Slany. Here we pause for lunch and visit the local Antos microbrewery in the historic town centre. In the afternoon, we return to Prague by our steam train. The evening is free to visit the old town of Prague and to take dinner at one of the excellent restaurants of your choice immediately adjacent to the hotel. (B L) Thursday 10th May Steam on the Czech Main Line, Hradec Kralove paddle steamers Today, we have another day out with steam locomotive No. 423.0145. We travel along the Czech main line from Prague to Hradec Kralove via Nymburk. We transfer from the railway station to the nearby city centre and another rare treat awaits us. We take a cruise on the River Elbe with an authentic stern-wheel paddle steamer. Hradec Kralove has one of the most beautiful river promenade settings in Central Europe and the local steamboats are the only genuine stern-wheel paddle steamers in public service in all of Europe! They are not to be missed. In the late afternoon we return to Prague by service train. The evening is free to find a restaurant of your choice for dinner. (B L) Friday 11th May Steam on the Kolin Sugar Beet Railway and Mladejov industrial line We travel from our hotel, by private coach, to the delightful Kolin Sugar Beet Railway, located some 45 minutes outside of the capital. This is one of the Czech Republic´s true “diamonds in the rough” and a marvel of a restored agricultural railway. We travel through the beautiful fields of Central Bohemia, steam hauled by a small steam tank locomotive dating from 1951. En route the skilled crew will also arrange various photographic runpasts for us. A light buffet lunch will be provided at the railway. We continue by road coach to Mladejov, which also lends its name to the local preserved railway. There we have an exclusive steam charter on this former works railway. The line attractively blends industrial archaeology with the natural splendour of the surrounding Moravian scenery.

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The Mladejov Narrow Gauge Railway is based at a large industrial and agricultural museum, which provides a fascinating backdrop to the operations of the steam train. We shall also have ample time to visit the museum to see the other exhibits, which includes tractors, lorries and various kinds of machinery. Later in the day we continue by coach to nearby Olomouc. There we check in to the four-star Hotel Gemo. In the evening we visit the “Moritz” micro-brewery for dinner. (B L D) Saturday 12th May Narrow gauge steam in Moravian Silesia Today, another highlight awaits us. We take a service train for a scenic ride through the Jeseniky Mountains to one of the most isolated places in the peripheral region of Moravian Silesia, situated on the frontier with Poland. We visit the Czech Republic’s most remote narrow gauge railway line and travel behind the largest 760mm steam locomotive in the world! In Tremesna ve Slezsku we board our specially chartered steam train and the 0-10-0 blue giant No. U57.001 then takes us the entire length of the line to Osoblaha. En route we pass through a sparsely populated area where the landscape is dominated by open fields and a vast horizon. Since there is little traffic on this line, we shall have opportunities to stop the train and stage photographic run-pasts. We have a relaxed lunch break at a typical countryside restaurant in Osoblaha. On our return to Tremesna, we take the service train back to Olomouc, where dinner will be available at the “St. Wenceslas” micro-brewery. The Osoblaha narrow gauge line and the 0-10-0 giant No. U57.001 have been voted as “top highlights” by RTC participants on a previous Czech tour. (B L D)

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Sardinia and the Emerald Coast Saturday 12th to Monday 21st May and Saturday 13th to Monday 22nd October 2012 D H Lawrence wrote that the Italian island of Sardinia had been left outside of time and history. Sardinia’s spectacular scenery, ancient roots, friendly locals and amazing little railways make this Italian island a truly magical place to visit. A mountainous place about the size of Wales, Sardinia has a beguiling coastline and inland, narrow gauge railways run for more than 450 miles through beautiful countryside. We travel on privately chartered trains, with steam locomotives wherever possible. The carriages for our trains are usually on display in the Sardinian Railway Museum and date back to the early 1900’s; carriages with polished teak bodies and open end-balconies providing stunning views. Mass tourism has yet to reach Sardinia and it is still unspoiled, but the country’s narrow gauge railways are increasingly under threat. They are not, however, run down. They are fully staffed and well maintained, and the only thing missing is the passengers! Sardinia is such a popular destination that this is our twelfth year touring the island. Saturday London to Cagliari We board a scheduled flight from London Stansted to Cagliari. We transfer by road coach from the airport to the Hotel Mediterraneo in Cagliari for dinner and overnight accommodation. (D) Sunday Oristano by steam hauled train We have a mid morning departure from Cagliari by steam train. Our standard gauge train will be hauled by 740 class 2-8-0 steam locomotive No. 740-303. We travel northwards along the main line that connects Cagliari with the port of Golfo Aranci in the north-east of the Island. The line is mainly single track and crosses the plain of Campidano, passing through San Gavino and Sant’ Anna en route to Oristano. Here we enjoy a late lunch in a restaurant close to the sea. After lunch we continue to Macomer where we leave our special train. We travel by road coach to our hotel which is located between the old city and the sea in Bosa, on the west coast of the Island. This small town is built on the River Temo and dominated by the hilltop remains of Castello Malaspina, a medieval fortress. There will be time to explore

the sights, including the Baroque cathedral with its splendid interior of marble statues and frescos. At the end of the day, we return to Bosa and our hotel. (B L D) Monday Narrow gauge train to Nuoro After breakfast we join our narrow gauge charter train at Bosa Marina Station. We travel inland to Macomer, climbing high amongst the hills and giving us spectacular views over the sea. On arrival at Macomer we change to another narrow gauge train for the journey to Nuoro. We enjoy a typical Italian lunch in Nuoro. After lunch we transfer by road coach to the Arbatasar Hotel in Arbatax where we stay for the next two nights. (B L D) Tuesday Steam from the coast into the mountains In the morning we take the short walk to Arbatax Station, beside the harbour, to join our special vintage train, hauled by 2-6-2T steam locomotive No. 400 or 402. Soon after leaving Arbatax Station we begin the long climb to Villa Grande, where a typical Italian open air lunch awaits. European Tours - Sardinia and the Emerald Coast

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We rejoin our train for the final dramatic climb through the spiral to Gairo, from where we return by road coach to our hotel in Arbatax. (B L D) Wednesday Narrow gauge steam in spectacular scenery Today, we travel by road coach to Gairo Station to join our vintage steam train and continue our journey inland. The climb up to the summit at Anulu is spectacular and the drop down to the fascinating little town of Seui, where our locomotive is serviced, is equally dramatic. At Betilli we stop at the station for lunch beside our train. It is a specially created picnic place in a superb setting, and the wine will flow freely! Our journey continues through some of the most beautiful scenery possible, high above Low Flumendosa Lake, then descending to Villanova Tulo Station. The line winds its way across the countryside to Nurri, Mandas and Senorbi, from where we transfer by coach to Cagliari. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at the Hotel Mediterraneo in Cagliari. (B L D)


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Friday Standard gauge train to the Emerald Coast After breakfast we transfer by road coach to Macomer. Here we join a standard gauge service train for the scenic journey along the main line to Olbia and on to the sea-level terminus at Golfo Aranci. There are fabulous views over the Mediterranean Sea here and we stop to enjoy a fine lunch with wine. Afterwards we transfer by road coach to Palau and our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

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Saturday Cruising the Emerald Coast After a leisurely breakfast we join our specially chartered boat at Palau harbour. Once wild, this stretch of coastline was developed in the 1950’s as a millionaire’s playground. Now, it is well cared for and kept in pristine condition. We’ll enjoy a day’s cruise, going ashore at the picturesque Maddalena Island for lunch, and then continuing along the Emerald Coast. We call at Spargi Island along the way and stay long enough to explore the island or swim from the beach. At the end of the day, we return to Palau Harbour and our hotel. (B L D)

*Please note that we shall have the services of a road coach throughout this tour to transport our luggage between hotels.

Sunday Palau to Alghero by narrow gauge train We board our special vintage train at Palau Station, travelling in style aboard a first class carriage sporting plush velvet seats. We climb into the hills and pass through forests and along deep valleys en route to the town of Tempio Pausania. The line descends, crossing bridges and viaducts, as it winds its way through pretty rural villages. It climbs again before we pause at Nulvi for an excellent local feast. We continue our journey to

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Belarus and Ukraine Saturday 19th May to Monday 28th May 2012 It is several years since we have been able to offer a steam tour in Ukraine. Now through negotiations with Dzherelo SPK, and co-operation from Ukrainian and Belarusian Railways, we have been able to arrange this interesting tour, perhaps for the final time. We travel on the special charter train ‘hotel on wheels Dzherelo’ which uses comfortable railway carriages for day time and overnight accommodation, with meals provided in a restaurant car. We discover the railway secrets of Belarus and use their steam locomotive fleet, visiting the captivating city of Brest. In the Ukraine we view the splendour of the Carpathian Mountains and visit the fascinating cities of Kiev, Lviv and Odessa. It will be an interesting tour plus a fond farewell to steam in the Ukraine. Saturday 19th May Fly to Kiev in Ukraine We check in at London Heathrow for a British Airways flight direct to Kiev. On arrival, we have a tour of the city, the capital of Ukraine and one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. Kiev is an important industrial and cultural centre with a highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro, tram, trolley bus, and a funicular that climbs up the steep right bank of the Dnieper River. Kreshchatyk (street) is closed to traffic at weekends and full of street performers and families out for a stroll. We transfer to our hotel for overnight accommodation. (D) Sunday 20th May Schors Locomotive Reserve and Belarus This morning, we travel from Kiev to Bakhmach by train, hauled by a class 50 steam locomotive. We change to an L class 2-10-0 steam locomotive for the onward journey to Schors. On arrival at Schors we visit the steam locomotive (L and Er class) reserve depot. Our train is hauled by an electric locomotive as our journey continues across the border into Belarus and to the city of Brest. This city is close to the border with Poland and situated on the main railway line connecting Berlin, Warsaw and Moscow. Here the European

standard gauge meets the Russian broad gauge and all passenger trains coming from Poland have their bogies replaced, and freight is transhipped, to travel on across Belarus. We stay overnight on the train. (B L D) Monday 21st May Steam from Brest Following breakfast we enjoy a guided tour of Brest Railway Museum. This open air museum has a selection of broad and standard gauge steam locomotives from various classes. The museum is located close to the Brest Fortress, the major attraction of the city. After our visit we rejoin our train for a spirited run to Vladava and return, hauled by Te and Er class steam locomotives. There will be photo opportunities with run pasts en route. In the afternoon we travel from Brest to Visoko Litovsk with class Te and Er steam locomotives. We return to Brest and stay overnight on the train. (B L D) Tuesday 22nd May P36 Class steam in Belarus After breakfast we enjoy a fast journey from Brest to Yarnov and return, hauled by a 4-6-4 steam locomotive No. P36.050 or No. P36.064. Built in the 1950’s, the P36 was the last Russian standard European Tours - Belarus and Ukraine

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class and one of the best passenger steam locomotives built in the Soviet Union. They were the only semi-streamlined steam locomotives built in Russia and were designed to haul principal express trains out of Moscow. When electrification and dieselisation expanded, many of the class were transferred to work on other railways. The last were withdrawn from regular scheduled express passenger train service in 1974 and all were stored in full working order as part of the “strategic reserve”. Only in the late 1980’s were these locomotives disbanded and distributed to museums for preservation. We stay on the train overnight. (B L D) Wednesday 23rd May Return to Ukraine Today, we will be hauled by a Te class 2-10-0 steam locomotive from Brest south-eastwards to Malorita. We continue diesel hauled over the border into Ukraine travelling in a southerly direction to Lviv (Lvov), where we stay overnight on the train. (B L D) Thursday 24th May Lviv to Kolomyia Lviv is a city in western Ukraine and regarded as one of the country’s main cultural centres.


Its castle has a commanding view of the historic city centre. In the morning we enjoy a vintage tram tour of the city. The metre gauge system uses grooved rail and currently operates over nine lines with Czech-built KT4, and a few older T4, type trams. Following lunch there will be an afternoon guided city tour. The market square, with its intriguing buildings, fountains and sculptures, is in the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are cobbled side streets, cathedrals, churches, palaces, and a variety of buildings representing several architectural styles, from Renaissance to Modernism. Our train will be diesel hauled when it leaves Lviv mid evening for the journey to Kolomyia. This city is an industrial centre located on the Prut River and a notable railway hub. We stay here overnight on the train. (B L D) Friday 25th May Steam through the mountains to Rachov Today is one of the highlights of the tour as we travel into the Carpathian Mountains over a spectacular steeply graded line through scenery of unsurpassed beauty. Our train leaves Kolomyia in the morning, hauled by two Er class 0-10-0 steam locomotives, travelling westwards along the valley of the Prut River to Delatyn. Here the route turns southwards into the mountains. We cross an impressive 30 metres (100 feet) high viaduct at Yaremche, a spa town surrounded by picturesque wooded mountain tops and nicknamed ‘Pearl of the Carpathians’. We continue winding our way through impressive mountain terrain, along deep valleys, over viaducts and bridges, and through tunnels, to Rachov (Rakhiv). We depart Rachov in the evening, diesel hauled towards the Black Sea and Odessa. We stay overnight on the train. (B L D) Saturday 26th May Arrive Odessa We arrive in Migayeva late in the afternoon and from here our train is hauled by an Er class steam locomotive to Odessa. Odessa is a major seaport located on the north-west shore of the Black Sea. It is also an important transport hub for freight, integrating ports with the railway, and for international passenger trains connecting with

Warsaw, Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Moscow, and elsewhere. On arrival in Odessa we transfer to the Black Sea Hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Sunday 27th May Day in Odessa Odessa is situated on terraced hills overlooking a small harbour and today we have a sightseeing tour and a tram tour of the city. In the 19th Century it was the fourth largest city of Imperial Russia but its historical architecture has a style more Mediterranean than Russian. It is an industrial city with a naval base and home to a fishing fleet. Odessa is a popular tourist destination and also known for its huge outdoor market, the Seventh-Kilometre Market, the largest of its kind in Europe. Lunch will be in the famous steak house in Odessa. We depart in the early evening, hauled by electric traction to Zhitomir where we stay overnight on the train. (B L D) Monday 28th May Homeward bound Our final trip by train is from Zhitomir to Kiev hauled by an L class 2-10-0 steam locomotive. On arrival at Kiev we transfer to Boryspil Airport for our British Airways flight to London. We arrive in London at around 17:45. (B)

Tour Summary Price per person Single supplement

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The Golden Arrow Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd June 2012 In 2002 and 2004 The Railway Touring Company recreated the “Golden Arrow”, the famous luxury boat train of the Southern Railway and later British Railways which ran between 1929 and 1972. It linked London with Dover, where passengers took the ferry to Calais to join the “Flèche d’Or” of the Chemin de Fer du Nord and later SNCF which took them on to Paris. We are repeating this exercise for the final time in June 2012. Steam locomotive No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, in full Golden Arrow regalia, will haul this famous train out of London Victoria Station, probably for the last time. Friday 1st June London to Paris The “Golden Arrow” leaves London Victoria Station at around 09:20 and travels to Dover via Ashford, Canterbury and Deal. From Dover Priory Station we transfer by coach to Dover Ferry Terminal where we board our P & O Ferry for the voyage to Calais. From here we transfer to Calais Ville Railway Station where ex-PLM Chapelon Pacific steam locomotive No. 231 K8 (formerly allocated to Calais depot) will be waiting with our train. The “Flèche d’Or” will leave Calais at about 15:15 and travel to Paris Gare du Nord via the old main line through Noyelles and Abbeville. We transfer to hotels in Paris for two nights accommodation. (B - Pullman/First) (D - Pullman/First)

operated by the Association du Musée des Transports de Pithiviers (AMTP) over a section of the former Tramway de Pithiviers à Toury (TPT). The preserved line opened in 1966 and runs for 4 km (2.5 miles) mainly along the roadside from Pithiviers to Ormes and Bellébat. We shall enjoy riding over this superb preserved railway with several steam locomotives working trains for us. We return to Paris Gare de l’Est hauled by the class 141 TB steam tank locomotive. Our return route to Paris is via Les Aubrais-Orléans, Orléans, Patay, Voves, Dourdan and Savigny sur Orge. Dinner for Pullman/First class passengers is provided on the train, or at the hotel for those choosing a free day in Paris. Overnight accommodation is at our hotels. (B - Pullman/First/Standard) (D - Pullman/First)

Saturday 2nd June Day in Paris or steam train to Pithiviers This morning we have breakfast at our hotels. Today there is an option of a free day in Paris or a main line steam trip to a preserved narrow gauge railway. The steam train will depart from Paris Gare de l’Est hauled by class 141 TB 2-8-2T steam tank locomotive. Our route is via Noisy-le-sec, Valde-Fontenay, Sucy Bonneuil, Brétigny-sur-Orge, and Etampes to Pithiviers. Here we visit the preserved narrow gauge (600mm) railway

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hauling metre gauge trains and we shall travel from Noyelles-sur-Mer to St. Valery along a section of dual gauge track. St. Valery is delightfully situated on the Picardy Coast adjacent to the Baie de la Somme and at the mouth of the Somme River. The village is a popular tourist destination because of its medieval character and there is a wide choice of bars and cafes to visit. We return to Noyelles-sur-Mer and rejoin our train with steam locomotive No. 231 K8 for the journey to Calais Ville. Here we transfer by road coach to our ferry for the voyage to Dover. At Dover Priory Station we join our train hauled by steam locomotive No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell for the journey to London Victoria via Tonbridge. (B - Pullman/First/Standard) (L - Pullman/First) (D - Pullman/First)


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Swedish Steam Safari Thursday 5th July to Saturday 14th July 2012 Sweden offers a wealth of interesting places to visit, with a lively metropolis, breathtaking landscapes, and a fascinating cultural heritage. It is known as the most innovative country in the world, the home of inventors and entrepreneurs but also a creative hub for fashion, music and food. During this tour, we explore Stockholm, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Sweden is a remarkable place for preserved steam railways and we use many of them for travel during our trip back to the bygone era of steam. We make leisurely journeys by train through the beautiful Swedish countryside with its large forests, farmland, lakes and wealth of flora and fauna. Thursday 5th July Fly to Stockholm Our tour begins with a midday flight from London Heathrow to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city. On arrival we transfer to Stockholm Railway Station and travel by train to Västervik, where we stay overnight. (D) Friday 6th July Narrow gauge from Västervik to Hultsfred The morning is free to explore Västervik, or alternatively there is the option of visiting the locomotive depot. We take lunch at a local restaurant. At around 14:00 our special steamhauled charter train leaves Västervik on the Smalspårsjärnvägen Hultsfred-Västervik narrow gauge railway. The line is 891mm gauge, otherwise known as ‘Swedish three feet’, and runs for 72 km to Hultsfred, over the first Swedish railway to be listed as a national heritage. We travel through landscape typical of the region with dark forests, small lakes and little villages. We arrive at Hultsfred at around 18:00 and our road coach will be waiting to transfer us to a 4-star hotel in Vaxjo. (B L D) Saturday 7th July Ohsabanan; Anten–Gräfsnäs Railway After breakfast, we leave Vaxjo and travel by road

coach to the Ohsabanan (Ohs Narrow Gauge Railway), a preserved 600mm gauge railway. We have a specially chartered train for the one hour journey (15 km) from the old paper mill in Ohs Bruk through delightful woodland to Bor Norra. On arrival we re-board our coach for the journey to Anten where we join our chartered train on the Anten–Gräfsnäs Vintage Railway. This is an 891mm narrow gauge railway which runs beside Lake Anten for much of its length. Our train will be hauled by a 4-6-0 steam locomotive for the 24 km round trip to Gräfsnäs. Refreshments will be served during the journey. We have dinner and overnight accommodation at a hotel in Vargon. (B L D) Sunday 8th July Main line steam from Mellerud to Karlstad Today, we travel to Mellerud where we board a chartered steam train on a standard gauge branch line no longer used for regular passenger services. The line was part of the Dal-Western Värmland Railway, “the beautiful views Railway”, and passes through woodland, farmland and picturesque villages. Our train will be hauled by an E2 class 2-8-0 steam locomotive for a return trip to Bengtsfors. Lunch will be served in the restaurant car on the train. On arrival back at Mellerud, our train joins the Gothenburg to Karlstad main line European Tours - Swedish Steam Safari

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and heads north to Åmål. Here we have a change of steam locomotive to an A7 class 4-6-0. We continue our journey to Karlstad, where we have dinner and overnight accommodation at a hotel. (B L D) Monday 9th July Main line steam from Karlstad to Lysvik Today, we have arranged a special train, hauled by A7 class 4-6-0 steam locomotive No. 1804, for a return trip from Karlstad to Lysvik. This is another line surrounded by typical Swedish scenery with glistening lakes and quaint villages. Lunch is taken in the restaurant car on the train. On the return journey we transfer from Kil to Örebro, where we check in to a 3-star hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Tuesday 10th July Tour of Örebro or visit to Nora Railway Museum This morning there are options of a city tour of Örebro or a rail trip. Örebro’s old town is located on the banks of the River Svartån, dominated by the magnificent Castle which dates back to the 13th Century. It contains many 18th and 19th Century wooden houses, and the water tower which is a popular destination as an outlook tower. Lunch is arranged in a local restaurant.


Those choosing the rail option transfer by road coach to Loth Station to join a steam charter train to Nora, hauled by a 2-6-4 tank locomotive built by NOHAB, a Swedish company. At Nora we visit the locomotive depot and workshops and then continue our journey by steam train to Gyttorp and return to Loth. Lunch will be served on the train. Those visiting Örebo will travel by road coach to Loth and be joined by the rail trip party for the journey to Grängesberg. Here we visit the Grängesberg Railway Museum, home to a large collection of Swedish steam locomotives and best known for its two steam turbine 2-8-0’s, one of which we hope will be steamed for our visit. We continue by road coach to Falun where we visit the railway centre which contains around seven steam locomotives. We have dinner and overnight accommodation at the Grand Hotel Falun. (B L D) Wednesday 11th July Mallet on the narrow gauge; National Railway Museum After breakfast, we transfer by road coach to Jädraås where we join a specially chartered train hauled by a Mallet 0-6-6-0 steam locomotive. We have a return trip on the Jädraås-Tallås Railway, an 891mm narrow gauge railway that runs for 6 km through picturesque scenery to Tallas. After lunch in Jädraås we continue by road coach to Gävle where we visit the Swedish National Railway Museum with its magnificent collection of steam locomotives and carriages. We also view the Swedish reserve collection consisting of a large collection of steam locomotives, some of which once formed Sweden’s military reserve. We check in to a hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Thursday 12th July The Uppsala-Lenna Railway Today, we travel by service train to Uppsala for a trip on the Uppsala-Lenna Railway. Our train will be hauled by a 2-8-0 steam locomotive along this historic narrow gauge line, opened in 1876, the oldest 891mm railway in the region. It was built to provide a connection between the ironworks in Länna and the standard gauge network. The preserved line runs from Uppsala through Lenna to its headquarters at the former junction of Faringe, where we visit the railway workshops.

A light lunch is included. We travel to Stockholm for overnight accommodation in a hotel. Dinner tonight is not included providing an opportunity to explore Stockholm and find a restaurant of your choice. (B L) Friday 13th July Narrow gauge railway and steamship cruise This morning, we transfer to Stockholm Railway Station to join a high speed train to Läggesta. Here we change trains for a steam hauled trip on the 600mm gauge Ostra-Södermanlands Jarnvag Railway. This heritage railway has a fine collection of steam locomotives and an internationally noteworthy collection of passenger vehicles. We travel in delightful vintage carriages to Mariefred, where the station buildings have been maintained in period style, true to the railway’s heyday. We have over three hours to visit the picturesque town of Mariefred which is located on Lake Mälaren and famous for Gripsholm Castle, regarded as one of Sweden’s finest historical monuments. The castle is a museum containing paintings and works of art, including the National Collection of Portraits, one of the oldest portrait collections in the world, and a marvelous theatre dating back to the late 18th Century. Mariefred has plenty of restaurants and cafes for lunchtime snacks. At 16:30 we take the steamship SS “Mariefred” back to Stockholm, on a route it has sailed since 1903. Dinner will be served on board, and our overnight accommodation is in Stockholm. (B D) Saturday 14th July Return to the UK The morning is free for a sightseeing tour of Stockholm, a city which is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren. It is a lively, cosmopolitan place with modern Scandinavian architecture along with fairytale towers, a captivating Old Town (Gamla Stan) the historical centre, and lots of green space. Gamla Stan contains old buildings and narrow cobblestone streets leading to chic shops and cafés, and is also home to the Royal Palace and the Swedish parliament. Later, we transfer by road coach to Stockholm Airport for an afternoon flight back to London Heathrow. (B)

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Swiss Steam Safari Thursday 19th July to Thursday 26th July 2012 We invite you to join a rail tour with a completely new itinerary, and experience the breathtaking splendour of the Swiss Alps in the summer time. Travel in Switzerland will be by specially chartered vintage steam trains over some of the country’s most scenic tracks. Our dignified way of travelling in stylish private trains provides the ideal environment from which to appreciate the stunning landscape of deep blue lakes, towering peaks and quaint little villages. There will be opportunities to include some ‘run-pasts’ in order to film and photograph the trains on which we travel. The programme also includes cruises on two different lakes, using splendid early 20th Century paddle steamers, and travel to two mountain summits, the Brienz Rothorn and the Niesen, giving you the quintessential Swiss holiday experience. We stay for three nights in the cosmopolitan city of Basel and for four nights in the town of Interlaken, in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, one of the country’s premier Alpine regions. Thursday 19th July London to Basel We travel by Eurostar from London St. Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord. There we transfer to Gare de L’Est for a service train to Basel, the gateway city to north-western Switzerland. In Basel, we check in to the elegant Hotel Victoria, immediately adjacent to the railway station. Dinner will be served at the hotel. (D) Friday 20th July Steam on the Sursee – Triengen Railway Today we visit one of Switzerland’s least known but most romantic railways during its centenary year, the Sursee – Triengen Railway, north of Lucerne. It has the distinction of being virtually the only line in the Swiss Midlands never to have been electrified; hence steam locomotives look truly at home on track with no electrical catenary. We travel in the railway’s luxury train consisting of two saloon coaches, including an attractive lounge car, hauled by an impressive early 20th Century steam tank locomotive. The line has been closed to regular traffic since the early 1970’s and there will be opportunities for some line-side photography and filming. We have lunch at the privately run Nostalgia Restaurant Bahnhöfli,

Triengen Station Restaurant, which serves wonderful meals in a museum-like atmosphere. In the afternoon we steam back to Sursee and then take a service train to Basel. There will be some free time in Basel before we have an evening “dinner and sight-seeing cruise” on one of the city’s historic trams. The vintage tram dates from 1914 and has been converted into a woodpanelled mobile restaurant where hot meals and wine are served, as travellers view the city’s principal sights. (B L D) Saturday 21st July By giant steam locomotive on the Swiss main line Our special train today will be hauled by one of the most powerful steam locomotives in Europe; the formidable North-American built, French Class 141 R, 2-8-2 “Mikado” No. 1244. This post-war legend was assembled in Canada in 1946 and delivered to the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF - French State Railways) as part of the Marshall Plan. After it had been withdrawn from service it was saved from the scrap yard and taken to Switzerland in the mid 1970’s. Between 1998 and 2011 it underwent a substantial overhaul and was returned to active service in European Tours - Swiss Steam Safari

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March 2011. This magnificent steam locomotive will haul our train around main lines in northwestern Switzerland. The train departs from Basel Central Station (SBB) and runs to Porrentruy via Delemont. We pause for lunch at Porrentruy before travelling along the remote branch-line to Bonfol. Beyond Bonfol the locomotive pauses for some photographic opportunities before we re-trace our route back to Basel. The scenic highlight of the journey is the run over the stone-arched viaduct at St. Ursanne. Dinner will be served at the hotel. (B L D) Sunday 22nd July Around Zürich by steam-powered railcar The recent restoration to working order of a steam rail-motor by the Great Western Society’s Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire has brought this unique type of railway vehicle into the spotlight. In Europe there are just three operational examples of early 20th Century steam-powered railcars. We shall have the Swiss representative for our exclusive use to travel a circular route from Zürich. The four-wheeled railcar is equipped with a vertical boiler and is driven on a single axle. We shall progress at a comparatively leisurely pace along one of the busiest lines in Switzerland,


between Zürich and Winterthur, passed by high speed and double-deck commuter trains en route. We pause for lunch in Winterthur before continuing along the little used branch line to Bülach, and then travel southward to Zürich. We return to Basel by service train. The evening will be free to discover more of the city’s interesting sights and find dinner at a restaurant of your choice. (B L) Monday 23rd July Steam in the Bernese Oberland, charter train to Innertkirchen Today, our luggage will be sent from Basel to Thun using the Swiss Federal Railway’s efficient baggage forwarding service. We take a service train from Basel to Interlaken, where we board our exclusively chartered narrow gauge train. It will be hauled by the vintage steam tank locomotive No. 208 for the journey through the spectacular Bernese Oberland, along Lake Brienz, to Meiringen. There we pause for lunch at the Park Hotel, the vacation residence of choice for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the 19th Century. After our meal we re-join our train and pass the wild Reichenbach Falls, site of the epic struggle between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty in the short story “The Final Problem”. We traverse a lightly used line, which rarely sees a steam train, to the end of the valley at Innertkirchen, right below the Grimsel Pass. Our steam train returns to Interlaken by the outward route providing further opportunities to appreciate the splendid views of the towering Alpine peaks. There will be free time this evening to explore the town and find dinner at a restaurant of your choice. (B L) Tuesday 24th July Paddle steamer cruise on Lake Brienz, steam train to the top of the Brienz Rothorn There is free time this morning before we join a lunch time departure by service train for the short journey to Interlaken. There we board the immaculately restored paddle steamer “Lötschberg” from 1914, for an afternoon cruise on Lake Brienz. The extremely pure, deep green colour of the lake is amazing, as is the immense Alpine scenery around it. After having viewed the lake on the previous day from the passing steam train, today’s experience is at first hand from aboard the steamer.

Our cruise takes us past the impressive Grand Hotel Giessbach, a towered and turreted Victorian wonder that rests majestically in its unique setting high above the lake, right beside the foaming Giessbach Waterfalls. We disembark in Brienz and board the rack and pinion mountain steam train in the adjacent station. The Brienz Rothorn Bahn is perhaps Switzerland’s most famous steam powered mountain railway and we will experience this classic line in the most exclusive way possible. We have our own private train to take us up the mountain as most of the regular trains are about to stop running. Our train will be pushed by the oldest operational locomotive in the fleet, the coal-fired No. 2 which dates from 1892, the year of the railway’s inauguration. At the summit, some 2,244 metres above sea level, we shall be served a traditional Swiss dinner. We shall then steam back down the hill to Brienz during the beautiful evening light and as sunset approaches. We return to Interlaken by service train. (B D) Wednesday 25th July To the top of the Niesen and paddle steamer cruise on Lake Thun This morning we travel by service train the short distance from Interlaken to the town of Müllenen, near Spiez. Here we board the historic Niesenbahn, a funicular dating from 1910. This classic Swiss mountain railway runs to the summit of the Niesen, 2,362 metres above sea level. The pyramid-shaped mountain has inspired many painters and other artists, and is renowned for its harmonious beauty and stunning views from the summit. There is a grandstand view of Switzerland’s most famous mountain peaks, namely the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, and below, the full extent of Lake Thun can be seen. We have lunch at the summit restaurant, which has a superb reputation around Switzerland for its excellent cuisine. We travel to Thun for our evening activity, a sunset cruise and evening dinner on the lake, aboard the legendary paddle steamer “Blümlisalp” from 1906. This will be a fitting conclusion to our Swiss Steam Safari. (B L D)

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Rail and Fjords of Norway Saturday 21st July to Monday 30th July 2012 This tour features one of the most unspoiled destinations in the world. We experience the magnificent Norwegian fjords, travel on one of the best maintained railway systems in Europe, whilst witnessing truly outstanding scenery. Our tour covers southern Norway beginning in Oslo, Norway’s capital, and also visiting the delightful cities of Bergen, Stavanger, and Kristiansand. We visit the National Railway Museum; travel on four preserved railway lines, including narrow gauge; and the world famous Flåm Railway. Saturday 21st July Tour of Oslo We take a morning flight from London Heathrow to Oslo where we check in to our hotel for two nights. In the afternoon there will be a sightseeing tour of this rapidly developing city. Norway has eighteen hours of daylight at this time of year and we take full advantage of this during our tour. (D) Sunday 22nd July Steam on the Krøderbanen and UrskogHølandsbanen Railways Today, we travel by private road coach to Krøderen where we join a steam hauled train on the Krøderbanen. This is Norway’s longest preserved railway line and we travel the 26 km to Vikersund and back. Our journey, in carriages built of teak, is through changing scenery. In the afternoon our road coach takes us to Sørumsand where we have chartered a steam hauled train on the UrskogHølandsbanen line. There will be opportunities for the train to stop for photographic run pasts on this 750mm gauge preserved railway which was once part of the Oslo-Stockholm main line. We return to our hotel in Oslo. (B L D) Monday 23rd July Spectacular mountains and fjords en route to Bergen We leave Oslo on the morning train to Bergen for one of the greatest railway journeys in the world.

The route climbs to high altitude at 1,303 metres (4,267 feet) passing lush forests, snow capped mountains, sparkling lakes, and thundering waterfalls. After Finse, the highest station on the line, our journey continues across barren and windswept mountain plateaux with everlasting snow giving a stunning backdrop. Our train passes through tunnels and beside deep fjords as it descends to Bergen where we arrive midafternoon. The remainder of the day is free for sightseeing in Bergen, a city surrounded by hills and fjords. Locations of note include the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site; fish market; the busy quayside; and the home of Edvard Grieg. Alternatively, it is possible to take the famous funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløien for panoramic views over the city and out to sea. Bergen will be our base for the next three nights. Dinner is not included this evening providing an opportunity to try one of Bergen’s excellent restaurants. (B) Tuesday 24th July Cruise Sognefjord and ride the Flåm Railway Bergen is the gateway to the fjords and today we board a ship there for a cruise along the Sognefjord to Balestrand and Flam. Sognefjord is Norway’s largest fjord and the second longest in the world at over 200 km (127 miles). Cliffs surrounding the fjord rise almost sheer from European Tours - Rail and Fjords of Norway

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the water and pretty villages cling to the steep sides. We arrive at Flåm and find lunch ashore. In the afternoon we ride the electric Flåm Railway, one of the steepest railway lines in the world. It climbs 865 metres in 20 kilometres through spectacular scenery to Myrdal Station. The train stops by the famous Kjosfossen waterfall for passengers to take photographs. We change trains at Myrdal, for the journey back to Bergen. (B D) Wednesday 25th July Bergen and Garnes to Midttun We have the morning free to explore Bergen. Mid-afternoon, we transfer by road coach to the Gamle Vossebanen, a heritage railway near Garnes. Here we join a chartered train from Garnes to Midttun, and return, hauled by an ex-main line steam locomotive. The line is 18 km long and we will arrange for the train to stop for photographic run pasts as we pass through the Arna Valley. We return to Bergen by road coach and have dinner in the hotel restaurant. (B D)


Thursday 26th July Cruise to Stavanger; Kristiansand We leave Bergen on the morning ferry for Stavanger, enjoying a relaxing cruise through the calm coastal waters of the south-western islands. We transfer by road coach from Stavanger Harbour to the railway station where we board a train for Kristiansand. We stay overnight in Kristiansand. (B D) Friday 27th July The Setesdalsbanen narrow gauge railway Today we travel by road coach to Grovane where we join a steam charter train on the Setesdalsbanen. This is a 1067mm narrow gauge railway that has some rare types of locomotives; including two delightful Dubbs tank locomotives, built in 1894. Later we join a regular train from Kristiansand to Hamar via Oslo. We stay overnight in Hamar. (B D) Saturday 28th July Hamar Railway Museum; Train to Ålesund We visit the National Railway Museum at Hamar to view the national collection and take a trip on their steam operated museum line.

We board an early afternoon train to Andalsnes, and then continue by road coach to Ålesund. This is Norway’s fishing capital and it is situated on several islands. We stay overnight in Ålesund. (B D) Sunday 29th July Cruise the Geirangerfjord Today, we board a ship for a full day’s cruise along the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords and famous for its spectacularly high scenic waterfalls. We should arrive back in Ålesund by the early evening, providing time to explore this Art Nouveau town by the sea. Again, we stay overnight in Ålesund. (B D) Monday 30th July Return to London We transfer by road coach from Ålesund to Andalsnes where we join a service train to Oslo Airport. We have an afternoon flight back to London. (B)

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Classic Trains of Switzerland Monday 6th August to Tuesday 14th August 2012 Join us on this exciting tour to Switzerland which features some wonderful experiences in the country famous for its mountains, lakes, and spectacular scenery. Highlights include travel on the world famous Glacier and Bernina Expresses, through some of Europe’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery. You’ll also enjoy the William Tell Express, scenic Rail and Lake Cruise, mountain rack railways, vintage paddle steamers, and a delightful steam train trip on a circular route through the fascinating mountains of Graubünden. We stay in iconic centres such as Lucerne, Locarno, Zermatt and St. Moritz and enjoy travelling on the efficient Swiss transport system. Monday 6th August Farewell to London We have a morning departure by Eurostar train from London St. Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord, from where we transfer to the Gare de L’Est. Here we board an InterCity train to Mulhouse where, on arrival, we transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (D) Tuesday 7th August Vintage train to the top of Mount Rigi After breakfast we board a service train to Lucerne, where we leave our luggage at the hotel, before taking a five minute walk to the boat station. We cross Lake Lucerne by boat to Vitznau, where we board a vintage train which takes us to Rigi Kulm at the top of Mount Rigi. This mountain is almost completely surrounded by lakes and provides stunning views of the surrounding area. There is a restaurant at the summit where lunches can be purchased. We descend Mount Rigi by a different railway route to Arth-Goldau, from where we catch a service train back to Lucerne. (B D) Wednesday 8th August The William Tell Express After breakfast we transfer to the boat station in Lucerne. Here we join a vintage paddle steamer

and travel 1st class for a three and a half hour trip across Lake Lucerne to Fluelen. Lunch will be served in the restaurant on board. Look out for sleepy bays, picturesque villages and historic landmarks en route. In Fluelen we join a 1st class panoramic train which runs along the scenic Gotthard Railway line through the Reuss Valley. It then climbs to over 1,100 metres above sea level inside the famous Gotthard Tunnel. The route either side of the tunnel uses spirals, galleries and bridges for the climb and then the descent to Bellinzona in Tichino. The journey continues to Lugano where the afternoon is free to explore this picturesque lakeside town. Dinner is not included tonight, giving you the opportunity to seek out a local restaurant. (B L) Thursday 9th August Steam on the Monte Generoso Rack Railway After breakfast we travel by service train to Capolago where we change to our special steam charter train on the Monte Generoso rack railway. There are magnificent views as our steam locomotive, built in 1890, pushes the train up the gradient for 9 kilometres. The summit offers amazing 360° panoramic views over the Lombardy Plain and towards the Alps. We return to Lugano, in our own time, providing plenty of opportunity to European Tours - Classic Trains of Switzerland

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enjoy the stunning views of Lake Lugano and the Alps. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at our hotel in Lugano. (B D) Friday 10th August Locarno to Zermatt Today, we travel by scheduled train over the spectacular Centovalli Railway from Locarno to Domodossola in Italy. This narrow gauge railway line passes through a mountainous area of more than one hundred valleys. At Domodossola we change trains and travel through the famous Simplon Tunnel to Brig. Here we join a Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway train to Zermatt, a famous village overlooked by the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the Alps. We transfer to our hotel in Zermatt for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Saturday 11th August The Glacier Express to Chur Following a tasty breakfast we board the legendary Glacier Express at Zermatt Station. This famous train is renowned for being the slowest express train in world! Slow or not, it will take us on a memorable journey through the mountains via Brig and Andermatt to Chur. Sit back and enjoy the magnificent views as we pass through areas of unspoilt natural beauty,


fragrant mountain forests, alpine meadows and past rushing mountain streams. The train reaches an altitude of over two thousand feet near Andermatt. Lunch will be served in the restaurant car during the journey. On arrival at Chur, we walk to our hotel for our overnight accommodation. (B L) Sunday 12th August Steam Train to Davos After breakfast we take a service train to Landquart. Here we join the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) vintage train, hauled by a metre gauge 2-8-0 steam locomotive, for a circular tour through the mountains of Graubünden. We climb up the Prättigau Valley to Klosters, the ski resort made famous by its royal and celebrity patrons. We continue to Davos where we have lunch at the Hotel Terminus opposite the station. In the afternoon our steam train takes us down the Landwasser Valley to Filisur, then over the famous Landwasser Viaduct to Tiefencastel, Thusis and Chur. We return to our hotel in Chur for overnight accommodation (B L) Monday 13th August The Bernina Express The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) owns one of the most scenic rail networks in the world and today we travel on its famous Bernina Express.

The journey takes us past waterfalls, glaciers and over dramatic ravines. The final ascent of the Albula Pass involves numerous loops and spirals before passing through a long tunnel into the Engadine Valley. From here, the route climbs even higher, to over seven thousand feet, at the Bernina Pass. This is a wonderfully wild place with a mass of snow capped peaks visible all around; a fascinating voyage that eventually ends in Tirano, a picturesque Italian town. We have two hours to explore the town or take advantage of the many superb Italian restaurants before leaving in the early afternoon. We return through the Bernina Pass to St. Moritz where we join a service train for our journey back to Chur. We have our farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Chur. (B D) Tuesday 14th August Return to London We take a morning departure from Chur direct to Basel by scheduled train. Here we change trains and board the mid-day departure to Paris via Mulhouse. On arrival at Paris Gare de l’Est we make the short transfer to Paris Gare du Nord where we board an early evening Eurostar train to London St. Pancras International. (B)

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Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic Wednesday 15th August to Thursday 23rd August 2012 Join us for a summer railway adventure with an all-new itinerary in Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. We travel by our own exclusively chartered steam trains to visit some of the most scenic regions of all three countries, including the Austrian Alps, the Slovak Danube Plains and the Czech Jeseniky Mountains. We shall travel along lines that are ‘off the beaten track’ hauled by some of the finest steam locomotives in Central Europe. As a real novelty, we visit the remote Vychylovka Forest Railway in north-western Slovakia, one of Europe´s most attractive yet least known forestry lines. Initially, we shall be based in Vienna but later venture into the neighbouring Czech Republic and stay at the UNESCO designated, historic city of Olomouc. Whilst there, we explore the fascinating Osoblaha and Mladejov narrow gauge railway lines. Some of the most unusual and impressive narrow gauge steam locomotives in Europe will haul our trains on these lines. All of this as the enchanting natural surroundings provide an excellent backdrop for photographs of our trains.

Wednesday 15th August Flight to Vienna, free day in the city We take a morning flight from London to Vienna, where we check in to our four-star hotel, conveniently located in the city centre. We shall have a group meal at the hotel before leaving for a sightseeing tour of the city by vintage tram. The rest of the day will be free to explore this historic city and discover its world famous sights. (L) Thursday 16th August Steam on the Schneeberg Mountain Railway Today, we visit one of Austria´s classic steam railway destinations, the Schneeberg Mountain Railway. To reach the line’s base station at Puchberg am Schneeberg, we take a service train from Vienna over the legendary Semmering route, in itself one of the best railway experiences anywhere in the world! This line dates from 1854, features stone-arched viaducts, and provides stunning views that will amaze first-time travellers. In Puchberg we change to our exclusively chartered steam train and let the vintage, coalfired, rack and pinion locomotive push us up to the

summit station. Located at 1,795 metres above sea level, this is the highest railway station in Austria. As the locomotive battles with the gradients, so the impressive Alpine scenery unfolds. There are magnificent views from the summit, and if weather conditions are right, it is possible to see as far as Hungary! We have lunch at the summit restaurant and take some time to breathe in the fresh air and admire the lovely Alpina flora. Later in the afternoon our steam train takes us back down the hill, from where we return to Vienna over the Semmering route, by service train. There will be free time in the evening to find a restaurant of your choice for dinner in the city. (B L) Friday 17th August With the ´Albatross´ around southern Slovakia In the morning, we travel by service train from Vienna for the short distance to the nearby Slovak capital of Bratislava. These are the two closest national capital cities anywhere in the world! Today a real highlight awaits us, as Slovakia’s flagship steam locomotive will haul our exclusive European Tours - Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic

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chartered train. The legendary dark-blue ‘Albatross’ No. 498.104 will take our train from Bratislava’s main station on a tour, that describes a large loop, through south-western Slovakia and the Danube Plains. We travel via Dunajska Streda, Komarno, Nove Zamky and Galanta before returning to Bratislava, an ideal circuit for our 4-8-2 express steam locomotive. As a special feature, our train will include an elegant saloon coach as well as a dining car. In the evening we return to Vienna by service train and dinner will be served at the hotel. (B L D) Saturday 18th August Free morning in Vienna, transfer to Zilina There will be free time this morning to explore the one-time imperial capital and historic city of Vienna; the city centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch will be at a local restaurant of your choice. In the afternoon we board a service train to Bratislava and then continue to Zilina, in north-western Slovakia. There we check in to the elegant four-star Hotel Polom, located opposite the railway station. Dinner will be served at the hotel. (B D)


Sunday 19th August Steam at the Vychylovka Forest Railway This morning, we transfer by road coach to the Kysuce Region of north-western Slovakia, an area surrounded by numerous mountain ranges, near to the Polish border. There we visit one of Europe´s best kept secrets, the 760mm narrow gauge Vychylovka Forest Railway. As little as this line is known, the more attractive and special it becomes. We have a privately chartered steam train on the railway, which features several reversals and spirals to help the train gain height over a fairly short distance. We also take time to visit the adjacent folklore museum with its cosy Slovak ´koliba´, an old-fashioned tavern, where we have lunch. Later in the afternoon, we return to Zilina by road coach, where there will be spare time to explore the historic city centre. Dinner will be served at the Hotel Polom. (B L D) Monday 20th August Transfer to Olomouc, vintage tram ride through the city We begin the day by travelling from north-western Slovakia to the nearby Czech Republic by an express service train. Our base for the next three days is the historic university city of Olomouc, which has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Our four-star hotel is located close to many charming attractions which are to be found in the city´s extensive old town and spacious squares. After we have checked in to our hotel, we have a group lunch at the popular ´Moritz´ microbrewery, where we can sample the local homemade beers. We then take a vintage tram ride and explore Olomouc in greater detail. In the evening we have dinner together at the hotel. (B L D)

Our train, on this former works railway, will be hauled by an historic steam tank locomotive. The line attractively blends industrial archaeology with the natural splendour of the surrounding Moravian scenery. The Mladejov Narrow Gauge Railway is based at a large industrial and agricultural museum, which provides a fascinating backdrop to the operations of the steam train. We shall also have ample time to visit the museum to see the other exhibits, which include tractors, lorries and various kinds of machinery. We have lunch in the town and later in the day return to Olomouc. In the evening we visit the “St. Wenceslas” micro-brewery for dinner. (B L D) Thursday 23rd August Return to the UK We travel by service train, reserved 1st class seats to Prague, from where we have a return flight to London. (B)

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Tuesday 21st August Narrow gauge steam in Moravian Silesia Today, there is a real treat in store. We take a service train for the scenic ride through the Jeseniky Mountains to one of the most isolated places in the peripheral region of Moravian Silesia, situated on the frontier with Poland. We visit the Czech Republic’s most remote narrow gauge railway line and travel behind the largest 760mm steam locomotive in the world! In Tremesna ve Slezsku we board our specially chartered steam train and the 0-10-0 blue giant No. U57.001 then takes us for the entire length of the line to Osoblaha. En route we pass through a sparsely populated area where the landscape is dominated by open fields and a vast horizon. Since there is little traffic on this line, we shall have opportunities to stop the train and stage photographic run-pasts. We have a relaxed lunch break at a typical countryside restaurant in Osoblaha. On our return to Tremesna, we take a service train back to Olomouc, where dinner will be served at the hotel. The Osoblaha narrow gauge line and the 0-10-0 giant No. U57.001 have been voted as “top highlights” by RTC participants on a previous Czech tour. (B L D)

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Calabria and Sicily Wednesday 12th September to Friday 21st September 2012 Relax into the Italian way of life with this popular tour to Calabria and Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Calabria is the peninsula at the southern tip of the Italian mainland where the “toe end” seemingly kicks neighbouring Sicily into touch! The region is mountainous and remains very much as nature intended. The natural attractions include forested highlands and a scenic western coast, both of which we experience during this attractive tour. We complete the tour with a dramatic trip around the slopes of Mount Etna, to get a close look at Europe’s largest active volcano. Steam enthusiasts will appreciate the steam-hauled rail tours on narrow gauge lines, and special mention must be made of the standard gauge chartered steam trains we will have along the scenic coastal lines. We travel to Sicily on one of the last passenger carrying train ferries in the world. Wednesday 12th September Flight to Naples We board a scheduled flight from London to Naples where we check in to a hotel near to Naples Airport. (D) Thursday 13th September Railway museum and train to Cosenza We have a morning visit to the Pietrarsa Railway Museum, near Naples, which houses the finest collection of steam locomotives in Italy. We transfer to Naples Piazza Garibaldi Station where we board the 11.40 Italian Eurostar train for Paola. Here we change trains for the short journey to Cosenza, along a relatively new line, largely in a 10 mile long tunnel. This line replaced the former rack & pinion route over the hill. We check in to the Hotel Executive Cosenza for dinner and overnight accommodation. Our luggage is transferred from Paola to the hotel by road coach. (B L D) Friday 14th September Cosenza After a leisurely breakfast, we have a city tour of Cosenza accompanied by a local guide. Cosenza boasts a magnificent cathedral and a castle. The River Buseuto divides the city into the

modern town and the old citadel. The 7th Century cathedral was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1184. The Norman castle overlooks the city which itself has many interesting old buildings and churches. We enjoy a typical lunch in the city. The afternoon is free to explore the city or to join our organised group visit to the main state railway locomotive depot. It still houses five standard gauge steam tank locomotives fitted with rack and pinion for hauling trains over the steeply graded former route of the Paola–Cosenza Railway. This will be followed by a visit to the narrow gauge railway workshops of the Ferrovie della Calabria. (B L D) Saturday 15th September Steam trip to Italy’s highest station This morning we go to Cosenza’s main railway station and board our vintage narrow gauge train to travel to San Giovanni in Fiore. The train will be hauled by the Borsig built 2-6-0T steam tank locomotive No. 403. This will be a spectacular journey along one of the steepest adhesion worked lines in the world. Our train climbs to Pedace, the limit of regular service train operations, and the mountain ski resort of Camigliatello Silano, before reaching San Nicola Silvana, the highest station in Italy. Here we leave European Tours - Sardinia and the Emerald Coast

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our train for lunch in a collection of vintage railcars where superb local food is served. After lunch, we continue by train to the terminus at San Giovanni in Fiore, along a section of line now only used for excursion trains. Founded in the 12th Century, the town is home to a restored abbey. We return by our steam train to Camigliatello from where we return to the Hotel Executive Cosenza by road coach. (B L D) Sunday 16th September Steam train to Catanzaro Today, we return to Cosenza’s main railway station where our train will be waiting to take us to the Calabrian capital of Catanzaro. Our train will be double-headed by narrow gauge steam locomotives Nos. 403 and 353. We leave Cosenza and head south travelling through spectacular alpine scenery, much covered with trees, through the Calabrian Mountains. During the journey we shall have a two-hour break for a relaxing glass or two of wine with a superb Calabrian lunch. We arrive at Catanzaro in the late afternoon and check in to a four-star hotel for two nights. (B L D) Monday 17th September Steam train to Soveria Mannelli We travel by road coach to Catanzaro Città Station


to board a special narrow gauge charter train hauled by steam tank locomotive No. 504. This loco is fitted with rack and pinion and was built for use on the rack line to Catanzaro Lido Station. Our train will go down to Lido Station and then return up the steep incline before continuing into the Calabrian Mountains. This is a spectacular line which twists and turns as it climbs through wonderful mountain scenery. We stop for a typical Italian lunch in San Pietro before continuing our journey to Soveria Mannelli, from where we return to Catanzaro by railcar. (B L D) Tuesday 18th September To the Mediterranean Today, we travel 20 miles by road coach to Lamezia where we join our train, hauled by a vintage electric locomotive. We leave Lamezia on the main line but branch off at Eccellente, heading south through Pizzo. We continue along the coast with spectacular views of rocky peninsulas overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea as we head through the ancient coastal towns of Briatico, Tropea and Nicotera. If it is a clear day, the island volcano of Stromboli and Sicily’s north coast will come into view. At Nicotera we stop for lunch and a glass or two of wine. After lunch, we rejoin our train and continue southwards along the coastal route with more fine views over the Mediterranean Sea. We arrive at Reggio di Calabria in mid-afternoon and there will be time for a short city tour before we transfer to our four star hotel in the city for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Wednesday 19th September Train ferry to Sicily After breakfast, we leave our hotel and travel north along the road which hugs the Mediterranean Coast. At Palmi we join our specially chartered narrow gauge diesel railcar for the journey to Gioia Tauro. Here we visit the railway depot which contains a partially restored 2-6-0T steam locomotive. After our visit, we rejoin our railcar and continue to Chiquefrondi, where we enjoy a typical Italian lunch.

We then travel by road coach to Gioia Tauro standard gauge station where we join a main line train to Villa San Giovanni Station. Here we board our train to Taormina on the Island of Sicily, travelling by one of the last services in Europe to use a train ferry. On arrival at Taormina we check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation for two nights. (B L D) Thursday 20th September Railcar around Mount Etna We transfer by road coach to Giarre-Riposto Railway Station where we join our specially chartered train with an old Fiat railcar. We travel over the narrow gauge Ferrovia Circumetnea that runs around the base of Mount Etna, giving us superb views of the volcano. Mount Etna dominates the landscape and is Europe’s largest active volcano, both feared and loved. Surprisingly, it is home to many species of plants and animals, and the fertile volcanic soils of the lower slopes support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards. We have lunch on the way. Journey’s end is at Catania which nestles between the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna and is Sicily’s second city. It has a close relationship with the volcano, and most of the city’s buildings are made from black lava. We return to our hotel in Taormina. (B L D) Friday 21st September Return to London We have a free morning and at around lunchtime we transfer to Catania airport for our flight to London. (B)

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The Black Sea Express Wednesday 12th September to Saturday 22nd September 2012 This tour presents an opportunity to travel by steam train through many of the most scenic areas of Bulgaria. The tour begins in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and heads for the Rhodope Mountains. This area has a rich cultural heritage with medieval castles, churches, monasteries, and picturesque villages with traditional Bulgarian architecture from 18th and 19th Centuries. We travel on a narrow gauge steam train for the spectacular journey to Velingrad, and from Dobrinishte and Bansko. We use a variety of standard gauge locomotives for a grand steam hauled tour aboard the Bulgarian Royal Train. Our tour includes the scenic line to the Macedonian Border at Gusevo, visits to the famous Rila Monastery, the cities of Veliko Tarnovo and Schumen, before we conclude our journey at Burgas on the Black Sea Coast. Wednesday 12th September Sofia Our flight with British Airways takes us direct to Sofia, where we check in to a 4-star hotel. In the afternoon, we have arranged a city tour and a tram ride. Dinner is at the hotel. (D) Thursday 13th September Steam trains to Velingrad We begin the day travelling by special train from Sofia to Septemvri hauled by 2-8-4T steam tank locomotive No. 36.10. A light lunch will be served in the restaurant car on the train. At Septemvri we transfer to our special narrow gauge train hauled by a very large 2-10-4T steam tank locomotive No. 609.76. Our route crosses the Plain of Thrace before climbing into the Rhodope Mountains and passing through the dramatic Velingrad Gorge with its fast flowing river. We arrive at Velingrad, high up in the mountains, a winter sports resort and one of the most popular Bulgarian centres for medicinal mineral water springs. We transfer to the Hotel Velingrad for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Friday 14th September Dobrinishte and Bansko Steam trains on the Rhodope Mountains line have to be piloted by a diesel locomotive up the steep gradients and through the spiral tunnels when travelling southbound from Velingrad. In the opposite direction no diesel locomotive assistance is required and so today we travel to Dobrinishte by road coach to join our train for the return journey to Velingrad by pure steam traction. Our steam locomotive, No. 609.76, hauls our train to Bansko, from where we begin to climb through the magnificent scenery of the Rila Mountains, the highest mountain range in Bulgaria and the Balkans. We traverse two open spirals before arriving at Avramovi Kolibi, the summit of the Rhodope Mountains line at 1,267 metres above sea level. The journey is now mainly downhill and we negotiate several spirals and tunnels before arriving in Velingrad, where we stay overnight. (B L D) Saturday 15th September Steam to Sofia via Karlovo We begin the day by travelling from Velingrad to Septemvri on our narrow gauge train hauled by 2-10-4T steam tank locomotive No. 609.76. At Septemvri we join a special standard gauge European Tours - The Black Sea Express

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train formed of carriages from the Royal Train of King Boris III and hauled by 2-8-4T steam tank locomotive No. 36.10. We travel via Plovdiv to Karlovo where our train reverses and is then double-headed to Sofia by steam locomotives No. 36.10 and Pacific No. 05.01. This is a very scenic route through a mountainous landscape given that the line runs along the valley between the Sredna Gora Mountains to the south and the parallel Stara Planina, Balkan Mountain range, to the north. Lunch will be provided on the train. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at a 4-star hotel in Sofia. (B L D) Sunday 16th September Kjustendal via Gusevo After breakfast at our hotel, we join our special train at Sofia Station and head south-westwards hauled by Pacific steam locomotive No. 05.01 which was built by Krupp in Germany. At Radomir, we take the scenic branch line that passes through the rolling hills to the Macedonian Border at Gusevo, an attractive station in a delightful location. Our train returns to Kjustendal where we stay overnight in a comfortable hotel with a fine spa. (B L D)


Monday 17th September Rila Monastery Today, we join our train at Kjustendal, steam hauled by Pacific No 05.01, and return along the scenic branch line to Radomir. Here we have arranged a tour by road coach to the famous Rila Monastery which was founded in the 10th Century and is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is located in the south-western Rila Mountains, 117 km (73 miles) south of Sofia, and is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments. After lunch, we return by road coach to Radomir where we rejoin our train for the journey to Sofia. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at a hotel in Sofia. (B L D) Tuesday 18th September Steam to Veliko Tarnovo We transfer to Sofia Railway Station to join our special train formed of historic carriages from the Royal Train of King Boris III. The train will be hauled by 2-8-2 steam locomotive No 01.23 for the journey to Veliko Tarnovo. We steam out of Sofia and travel northwards via the spectacular Iska Gorge to Mezdra, an important railway junction, and Cherven Brjag. At Cherven Brjag there will be time to visit the remains of the former narrow gauge line to Oryahovo. Once we arrive at Veliko Tarnovo, there will be free time to visit the city and discover some of its many historical monuments and landmarks. The city is located on the Yantra River, and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. Tsarevets is a medieval stronghold located on a hill with the same name. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at the centrally located hotel Yantra. (B L D)

Thursday 20th September Steam to the Black Sea Today, our train leaves Schumen, hauled by steam locomotive No. 03.12, to travel along the singletrack line to Komunari. From here we take the scenic twisting line south-westwards to Karnobat, an important railway junction. Here our train reverses direction of travel and we should then enjoy an exhilarating fast run along a stretch of the Sofia to Burgas main line. Burgas is a Black Sea resort and on arrival, in mid-afternoon, we transfer to a hotel in Nesebar for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Friday 21st September The Black Sea The ancient town of Nesebar is one of the major seaside resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and a town with a rich history. The ancient part of the town is situated on a peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow man-made isthmus. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its abundance of historic buildings. Today there will be free time to relax and take part in an optional sightseeing tour of historical Nesebar and its delightful old town. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Saturday 22nd September Return to UK The morning is free to explore Nesebar. We have an afternoon flight back to London. (B)

Tour Summary Price per person Single supplement

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Rail option is available departing the UK on Tuesday 11th September with an overnight stay in Augsburg on the outbound journey, returning to the UK after the tour with an overnight stay in Augsburg to arrive back on Sunday 23rd September.

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Bella Italia Express to Capri Friday 5th October to Monday 15th October 2012 This all-new tour presents an opportunity to travel by private train across Europe to southern Italy and experience the charm of south-western Italy in autumn. The “Bella Italia Express” will feature haulage by both diesel and electric locomotives as it travels through Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Its destination is the glamorous Amalfi Coast to the south of the Sorrento Peninsula, made famous as a holiday location in the 1960’s. Sorrento will be the base for five days of exciting exploration of the coastal region including the Island of Capri, Naples and Mount Vesuvius. The towns in the area are connected by a group of narrow gauge railways. Don’t miss this tour to experience the natural beauty of the Bay of Naples and relax in an atmosphere that is quintessentially Italian. Friday 5th October By train to Germany We leave London St. Pancras International aboard a morning Eurostar train for Brussels. Here we board a service train to Frankfurt, where we are due to arrive late afternoon. We check in to a hotel for overnight accommodation. Dinner is not included this evening and there is ample opportunity to explore Frankfurt and find a suitable restaurant of your choice. Saturday 6th October The “Bella Italia Express” Our exclusive private train, the “Bella Italia Express”, departs from Frankfurt am Main and travels through Germany to Switzerland. The route through Switzerland is highly scenic and includes crossing the Alps through the famous Gotthard Tunnel en route to the shores of Lake Lugano in the Ticino. The night is spent at a hotel in Mendrisio on the Italian border where there will be opportunity to find a restaurant of your choice for dinner. (B) Sunday 7th October Crossing Italy to Sorrento Our first class train crosses the border from Switzerland into Italy and heads southwards. We pass through the heart of Italy as the train

travels via Milan, Parma, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples. We eventually reach our destination at Castellammare, located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. From here we have a bus transfer to the Hotel Parco del Sole in Sorrento where we stay for six nights. There is the option of upgrading your accommodation in Sorrento to the stately five-star Hotel La Pace. Dinner is served at the hotel. (B D) Monday 8th October Island of Capri This day is entirely dedicated to the world famous Island of Capri which is situated in the Bay of Naples, 5 km from the mainland. Its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage make it one of the most popular holiday destinations anywhere in the world. The ferry crossing to Capri takes around 40 minutes, after which we travel by minibus into the hills. At Anacapri there will be an opportunity to visit the Villa San Michele with its gardens, from where there are stunning views of the island and Mount Vesuvius; and the baroque style church of San Michele which is famous for its mosaic tiled floor. In the afternoon we return to the town of Capri, from where a funicular goes down to the harbour at Marina Grande. The Gardens of Augustus contain local flowers and plants and from the terraces there are superb views over the European Tours - Bella Italia Express to Capri

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town and the island´s southern shore. There will be ample time to have a stroll through the town and enjoy some espresso or gelato before returning on the evening ferry to Sorrento. Dinner is served at the hotel. (B D) Tuesday 9th October Amalfi Coast Today, we explore the fantastic Amalfi Coast on the south of the Sorrentine Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape. We travel by road coach to Positano, a picturesque little town made famous by painters and poets. We then continue to the town of Amalfi, renowned for its Romanesque-Byzantine cathedral. From here, we take a boat trip along the coastline, providing the weather conditions are suitable. Lunch will be served at Ravello, where it will be possible to visit the Villa Ruffolo, once home to the famous German composer Richard Wagner. In the late afternoon we return by road coach to the hotel in Sorrento where dinner will be served. (B L D) Wednesday 10th October Optional trip to Naples Today, there are options of joining an organised excursion to the nearby city of Naples, or visiting the Italian National Railway Museum at Pietrarsar,


or having a free day to relax. Naples is known internationally for its rich history, art, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy. The historic centre of the city, one of the biggest in the world, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has over 440 historical sites and monuments. Pizza originated in this city and there will be opportunities to sample some truly authentic pizza prepared and served in the local style. The Pietrarsa Railway Museum is located in a former boiler works beside the Naples to Portici railway line, the first line in Italy. We return to Sorrento where dinner will be at the hotel. (B D) Thursday 11th October Optional visit to Pompeii This is a free day with the option of joining an organised visit to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near the Vesuvius volcano. Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The city was lost for nearly 1,700 years before its accidental rediscovery and excavation. It provides an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. The journey there and back is by vintage train from Napoli Porta Nolana Railway Station. In the evening, we return to Sorrento for dinner at the hotel. (B D)

Friday 12th October Exploring Sorrento This morning there will be an opportunity to explore Sorrento where the town is perched dramatically on a cliff above the sea at the southern end of the Bay of Naples. The town features beautiful architecture and has an historic centre, cathedral, the Piazza Tasso, attractive harbour, and many cafes, restaurants and shops. It is on the Circumvesuviana narrow gauge railway system which links it with Naples and runs around the base of Mount Vesuvius. In the afternoon there is an organised visit to a country farm where mozzarella cheese is produced. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the provincial Italian atmosphere, as you sample several culinary treats and walk among groves lined with lemon trees. Later in the afternoon, we return to our hotel in Sorrento for dinner. In the evening, there is another highlight of the tour when we visit the Tasso Theatre in Sorrento for an Italian folklore show presented by local artists and dancers. (B D)

Tour Summary Price per person Single supplement

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Price includes: • Service trains from London to Frankfurt and return • 10 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast • 6 dinners and 1 lunch

Saturday 13th October Bella Italia Express through Italy Today we leave southern Italy aboard our private special train, travelling northwards by a different route from the southward journey. After Rome our train takes the coastal route close to the Mediterranean Sea. We pass through Pisa and along the Ligurian coast, on some of Italy´s most spectacular railway lines. We reach the Swiss border at Chiasso and spend the night at a hotel in Mendrisio where there will be opportunity to find a restaurant of your choice for dinner. (B) Sunday 14th October Gotthard route to Germany Today, our private train returns to Germany, passing through Switzerland via the spectacular Gotthard route. We stay overnight at a hotel in Frankfurt. (B)

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Steam and Christmas Markets in the Harz Mountains Saturday 1st December to Saturday 8th December 2012 This exciting tour encompasses steam in the former East Germany. The highlight of the tour will be travel by special train, hauled by the recently overhauled Pacific steam locomotive No. 03.1010. We look forward to a high speed run with this locomotive from Berlin to Dresden. Other highlights include narrow gauge steam-hauled chartered trains in the Dresden Area, and of course, the Harz Mountains Railways. Christmas Markets will also play a significant part in this fascinating tour. This tour offers the option of travelling to and from Germany by air or overland by train. Saturday 1st December Farewell to London We board our morning Eurostar service to Brussels (First and Standard class seating). At Brussels we change trains and join a Thalys high speed service to Köln. There will be around one hour in Köln to explore the city before we join our Inter-City Express (ICE) service to Berlin. On arrival in Berlin we transfer to our city centre hotel. Dinner is not included tonight giving you the opportunity to either eat at the hotel or try one of Berlin’s many restaurants. Sunday 2nd December 03.1010 to Dresden and the Radebeul narrow gauge railway Today we have our first exclusive charter train with one of the star engines of East Germany – recently overhauled ‘Pacific’ No. 03.1010. The threecylinder 4-6-2 takes us from Germany’s capital, Berlin, over one of East Germany’s most famous main lines, to the outskirts of the Saxon capital Dresden. There we enjoy an afternoon visit to a remarkable survivor that still offers a daily steam service: the Radebeul Ost to Radeburg narrow gauge line. This sleepy branch line runs through the streets of Radebeul, then through rural countryside to Moritzburg – which has a castle in the middle of a lake – and on to Radeburg.

This evening we check into our hotel in Dresden where the city has a beautifully restored centre and one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets. (B D) Monday 3rd December 03.1010 from Dresden to the Freital Hainsberg narrow gauge railway This morning we travel to the second of Dresden’s surviving narrow gauge lines, the Weisseritz Valley Railway. From Freital Hainsberg the line wends its way through the lovely Rabenau Gorge and alongside the lake at Malter to Dippoldiswalde, where the journey now ends. Before 2002 the railway continued to Kurort Kipsdorf, but following flood damage that part of the line is currently closed. Even the Freital to Dippoldiswalde section only re-opened in December 2008! After return to Freital we re-join our private main line train and continue our journey direct to Dresden. We return to our hotel for overnight accommodation and dinner. (B D) Tuesday 4th December 03 Pacific from Dresden to Wernigerode and narrow gauge steam to the Brocken Today our ‘Pacific’ takes us on a cross-country trip across the former East Germany. We travel from Dresden to the Harz Mountains for some of the core highlights of our tour. On arrival in Wernigerode, we transfer cross-platform to the European Tours - Steam and Christmas Markets in the Harz Mountains

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Harz metre-gauge line for our private train on the Brockenbahn, the stunning line to the top of the Brocken Mountain. We plan to reach the Brocken – the highest mountain in northern Germany, and wrapped in legends – shortly before sunset. If we are fortunate enough to have a clear day, the views should be stunning. We stay at a hotel in Wernigerode, our base for three nights. (B D) Wednesday 5th December The Selketalbahn and Rubelandbahn, the steepest line in Germany This morning we travel by coach to Quedlinburg. Here we join our private charter train for the run over the tranquil and rural Selketalbahn. We shall travel over both the oldest and newest sections of the Harz network: parts of the Selketalbahn first opened in 1887 – but the five mile section between Quedlinburg and Gernrode was only re-gauged from standard gauge in 2006. After covering the 27-mile Selketal ‘main line’, plus the branches to Harzgerode and Hasselfelde, we rejoin our coach for the short journey to Blankenburg. Another of the tours major highlights is the journey over the remarkable standard gauge Rubelandbahn, with its up to 1-in-17 gradients! Our steam locomotive for this journey should be the restored ‘Mountain Queen’ 2-10-2T No. 95.1027.* After this, we return to our hotel in Wernigerode. (B D)


*As a reserve option - in the event that the Rubelandbahn is made impassable by snow - we have requested a train to Wernigerode via Halberstadt. Thursday 6th December Harz Mountain steam charter Today we travel on the cross-Harz Harzquerbahn. We begin with a train from Wernigerode to the junction at Eisfelder Talmuehle, using the 1918built Mallet steam locomotive No. 99.5906. This locomotive is now normally based on the Selketalbahn, but worked services on the Harzquerbahn until the 1950’s. At Eisfelder Talmuehle, we plan to change engines and use the last survivor of three pre-war 2-10-2T’s, No. 99.7222, on our train. From Stiege, we return to Eisfelder Talmuehle and then continue to Nordhausen, before returning to Wernigerode. (B D)

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First Class Price per person Single Supplement

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Standard Class Price per person Single Supplement

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Air Option First Class rail in Europe £1630 Standard Class rail in Europe £1410 Ground Only First Class rail in Europe £1445 Standard Class rail in Europe £1225

Friday 7th December 03 Pacific to Berlin We depart Wernigerode on the last of our private special trains. Our train will again be hauled by No. 03.1010 for the return to Germany’s capital Berlin. On the way we plan to visit the remarkable museum depot at Stassfurt, with its collection of ex-Deutsche Reichsbahn steam locomotives. Overnight accommodation is at our hotel, and we have dinner together on our last night back in Berlin. (B D)

Price includes: First Class Includes: • First class travel on all service trains including Eurostar and those in Germany • First class on steam charters where available • 3 or 4-star hotel accommodation • 7 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 6 dinners

Saturday 8th December Homeward bound Our homeward journey is by InterCity train from Berlin to Köln, then by Thalys from Köln to Brussels, and finally by Eurostar from Brussels to London St Pancras. We have a mid-evening arrival in London. (B)

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This tour is running in conjunction with Steam Railway magazine.

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Morocco Sunday 26th February to Saturday 10th March 2012 This brand new tour to Morocco provides an opportunity to experience at first hand some of the adventures from “One Thousand and One Nights”, the collection of Middle Eastern stories and folk tales better known as “Arabian Nights”. Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture and rich traditions of northern Africa. We visit the Atlantic coast, royal cities steeped in history, nomadic Bedouin settlements on the fringes of the Sahara desert, and small oasis towns lined with palm trees. We also visit the fascinating cities of Marrakech, Rabat, Tangier, and Casablanca, famous for the legendary namesake film. We travel on Moroccan service trains in the best class available, covering most of the country’s modern railway system. A trip on the “Oriental Desert Express” is one of the tour´s principal highlights. Sunday 26th February Flight to Marrakech We fly from London to Marrakech, arriving there in the evening. We transfer to a four-star hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. Marrakesh is the third largest city in Morocco and is located near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. (D) Monday 27th February Excursion to Ouzoud Waterfalls Our tour begins with a visit to the famous Ouzoud Waterfalls, located in a village at the edge of the Atlas Mountains. It is the most visited site in an area of green valleys, mills, orchards and a superb circuit of river gorges. We travel there by road coach from Marrakech. These towering waterfalls, with a vertical drop of more than 100 metres, are among the most dramatic anywhere in northern Africa. Ouzoud is the Berber word for “olive” and refers to the nearby olive trees through which a shaded path leads to the bottom of the Falls. In the evening we return to our hotel in Marrakech for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Tuesday 28th February Day in Marrakech This morning we have a guided tour of Marrakech, the most important former imperial city in

Morocco’s history. Like many North African cities, it is divided into two distinct parts: the medina, an old fortified city, and an adjacent modern city. The city has several historical and architectural sites such as intact ramparts, magnificent palaces and the striking Koutoubia Mosque. The Kasbah (fortress) is home to the Royal Palace, the former El - Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs. We return to the hotel for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore the city´s lively souks (markets) where you can buy almost anything. Marrakech has the largest traditional souk in Morocco and Djemaa el Fna is one of the busiest squares in Africa. The square bustles with acrobats, snake charmers, story-tellers, dancers, musicians, water sellers, and food stalls. Dinner is at the hotel. (B L D) Wednesday 29th February To Casablanca and Rabat Today we travel by service train from Marrakech to Casablanca, a city in western Morocco, located on the Atlantic Ocean. Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city as well as its chief port. There we pause to visit the grandiose Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in the country and 7th largest in the world. It is situated on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor. The mosque has the world’s tallest World Tours - Morocco

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minaret, at 210 metres. We have a packed lunch before returning to the railway station to take a train north to Rabat, the country´s capital. We check in to a four-star hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Thursday 1st March Rabat and train to Tangier This morning we have a sightseeing tour in Rabat, a city located on the Atlantic Ocean. We visit the Hassan Tower, the minaret of an incomplete mosque begun in 1195, and considered by many as Morocco´s signature landmark. The tower and the mosque were both intended to be the largest in the world. We see the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, completed in 1971. It contains the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons, and is considered a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture. We also visit the Kasbah, the old fortress part of a city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, we travel by service train to Tangier where we check in to a four-star hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Friday 2nd March Day in Tangier Today, we explore the city of Tangier which is located at the western entrance to the Strait of


Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s geographic location made it a meeting place for many cultures and a gateway to Africa. The old city (medina) is home to trades such as leather working, handicrafts made from wood and silver, traditional clothing, and shoes of Moroccan origin. The Grand Socco (Big Square) is famous for its colourful market which is particularly active during the evenings when traders sell a diversity of secondhand goods, fruits and spices. Rue Es-Siaghine (Silversmith’s Street) is lined with cafes, bars and souvenir shops. Mendoubia Gardens is one of the city’s beautiful parks and contains a large marble fountain. The Colline du Charf is a hill offering panoramic views of Tangier and the coastline. Evening dinner is at the hotel. (B D) Saturday 3rd March Tangier to Fes Today, we travel by service train from Tangier to Fes, Morocco´s second largest city and the country’s oldest royal city. The afternoon is free to explore Fes and in particular the medina, Fes el Bali, the old walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fes has the best-preserved old city in the Arab world; a sprawling labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways which is the world’s largest car-free urban area. There are several well-marked trails through the city; for instance: green for palaces and gardens, orange for walls and fortifications. The main places of interest are marked by a network of starshaped signs on the walls. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at a five-star hotel in Fes. (B D) Sunday 4th March Day in Fes We have an all-day guided tour through Fes to introduce us to all of the principal sights and attractions. More than anywhere else, Fes has a colourful and enchanting atmosphere that is straight out of the tales from 1001 nights. The hustle and bustle of the various markets in the medina can overwhelm the senses with their sights, sounds, and smells. Lots of dried fruit, leather goods, ceramics, textiles and food stalls can be found there! The tannery in the medina features leather-making techniques unchanged since the Middle Ages. Some shops and restaurants have rooftop terraces providing magnificent views over the medina, and the view from the hills surrounding the old city is spectacular. Dinner is served at the hotel. (B D) Monday 5th March By rail to Oujda Today, we have a truly remarkable railway journey by service train from Fes to Oujda, near the Algerian border in eastern Morocco. We pass through a rich variety of different scenery, initially passing lakes and meadows, and then reaching the fringes of the desert. Our route takes us into the Atlas Mountains reaching a height of over 2,000 metres. A packed lunch is provided on the train. Oujda is the terminus of the main railway line eastwards from Casablanca and there will be an opportunity to visit the state railway depot there. We check in to a three-star hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Tuesday 6th March The Oriental Desert Express to Bouarfa One of the main highlights of the tour is the journey from Oujda south to Bouarfa on the firstclass Oriental Desert Express. The air-conditioned coaches of the train provide an unusual journey through magnificent desert landscapes. The 300 km long route provides beautiful panoramas of the Sahara Desert punctuated by occasional high dunes, nomadic encampments and small isolated villages. There are stops for photography en route, including Aïn Benimathar and Tendrara. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at a three-star hotel in Bouarfa. (B D) Wednesday 7th March Steppe and desert en route to Merzouga After breakfast, we leave Bouarfa and travel by road coach to a mountainous plateau where Bedouins actively herd their camels on the steppe. We have a packed lunch en route. We pass through Erg Chebbi Desert, one of two Saharan ergs in Morocco. An erg is a broad, flat area of desert containing large dunes, up to 150 metres high, formed by wind-blown sand. We spend the night in a four-star Kasbah, where dinner will be served, in the small village of Merzouga on the edge of Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert. The village has the largest natural body of water in Morocco and is popular with visitors wishing to get a taste of remote Berber life. (B L D) Thursday 8th March Camel ride and on to Midelt We have a morning transfer by road coach to join a nearby camel tour and ride through the sand dunes on their backs. A unique experience! Later on we transfer by road coach to the picturesque oasis settlement of Er Rachidia, located on the Oued Ziz River and at the entrance to the cavernous Ziz Valley. We have dinner and overnight accommodation at a four-star hotel in Midelt, one of the highest large towns in Morocco. (B D)

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The Hill Stations of India Friday 16th March to Sunday 1st April 2012 India is a mystical country of contrasts and cultural differences. We shall travel around India using trains and internal flights, staying in the best hotels, and seeing some of this amazing country’s major attractions along the way. India is home to some fascinating narrow gauge railway lines, including the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway which climbs to Ooty, and the Matheran Hill Railway. We also enjoy a trip by train on the main railway line out of Chennai, hauled by the vintage steam locomotive “Express”, the older sister of “Fairy Queen”!! Friday 16th March Flight to Delhi We board a Jet Airways flight for Delhi, departing at 20:50 from London Heathrow. Saturday 17th March National Rail Museum, Delhi We are greeted with a traditional Indian welcome on arrival in Delhi, after which we transfer to a hotel. There will be time to relax after the flight until lunchtime. In the afternoon we visit the National Rail Museum which houses a fascinating collection of the country’s railway heritage including the extraordinary steam Patiala State Monorail System. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (L D) Sunday 18th March Steam charter train to Rewari After breakfast, we transfer to Delhi Cantonment Railway Station to board our special steam charter train hauled by a WP class Pacific steam locomotive. We experience a rare steam-hauled journey across the plains to the Rewari Steam Locomotive Depot. Here there should be several steam locomotives in steam and shunting for us, on both broad gauge and metre gauge tracks. A WL class Pacific steam locomotive will haul our train back to Delhi, where we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Monday 19th March Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Railway Station We have an early start today, transferring from our hotel to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, one of the three main railway stations in Delhi. Here we board the ‘Taj Express’ which departs at 07.10 for Agra in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Packed breakfast boxes will be provided by the hotel. After a three hour journey we arrive at Agra Cantonment Railway Station and transfer to the Taj Mahal for a guided tour of one of the most famous buildings in the world. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan as the mausoleum for his favourite wife. We shall have at least two hours to admire the beauty of the white marble monument and its finely decorated interiors, an acknowledged masterpiece of symmetry set amidst landscaped gardens. We have lunch at a hotel in Agra followed by a visit to the Agra Fort which is located across the Yamuna River overlooking the Taj Mahal. We visit the nearby Agra Fort Railway Station, one of India’s oldest railway stations and one of the few that has both broad gauge and metre gauge railway lines. We have an early dinner in a local hotel before transferring to the railway station for the Bhopal to New Delhi Shatabdi Express which leaves at 20.30. We arrive in New Delhi at 22:30 and transfer to a hotel for overnight accommodation. (B L D)

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Tuesday 20th March Flight to Bagdogra for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway We take a morning flight from Delhi to Bagdogra and on arrival transfer to a Siliguri Hotel for lunch. In the late afternoon we visit the Siliguri steam locomotive depot and then travel by specially chartered steam train on the famous narrow gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR). Our train will be hauled by a “B” Class steam locomotive for a journey to New Jalpaiguri and return. High Tea will be served on the train. New Jalpaiguri is a major railway junction with both broad gauge and narrow gauge (DHR) railway lines. (B L D) Wednesday 21st March Siliguri to Kurseong After breakfast at our hotel, we transfer by road to Kurseong for an overnight stay at an attractive colonial bungalow, now converted into a hotel. (B L D) (DHR services between Siliguri and Kurseong remain suspended until further notice following a severe landslip at Pagla Jhora in June 2010. Monsoon rains in June 2011 destroyed much of the subsequent repair work, and further damage was caused by a severe earthquake in September 2011).


Thursday 22nd March ‘Toy Train’ to Darjeeling After breakfast, there is the option of taking a 30-minute walk or a jeep transfer to Kurseong Railway Station. Here we board a steam train to Darjeeling on the DHR, nicknamed the ‘toy train’. We pass through the famous ‘Batasia Loop’ en route and, weather permitting, will be able to take photographs of the train against the background of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the rest of the Himalayan range. We arrive in Darjeeling and transfer to the Windamere Hotel for overnight accommodation. (B L D)

There are also views of Mount Everest in the distance. We visit the 1875-built Tibetan Buddhist Monastery at Ghum before returning to our hotel for breakfast. At 09.45 we transfer by jeep or just walk down to Darjeeling Railway Station to ride on the regular school train to Ghum – the highest point on the railway line. We visit Ghum Monastery (if not visited early morning) and return to Darjeeling by jeep. The evening is free to explore the town and walk along its famous malls, visiting local shops and the food bazaar. (B) Continued overleaf.

Friday 23rd March Tiger Hill, Ghum Monastery and the School Train Early risers are in for a real adventure with our excursion to Tiger Hill (subject to clear weather as advised by our local team). Tiger Hill is about 12 km from Darjeeling and is the place to see the spectacular sunrise over Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. As the sun appears the mountain changes colour; it is an awe-inspiring sight.

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Saturday 24th March Darjeeling This is a free day with the option to join a short tour of Darjeeling, including a visit to the famous Tibetan Refugee Centre, where traditional handmade textiles and handicrafts can be seen. There is also the opportunity to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) which houses all the equipment used by the legendry Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay from Darjeeling who, in 1953, were the first to climb Mt. Everest. (B L D) Sunday 25th March Flight to Chennai After breakfast we transfer to Bagdogra Airport for our flight to Chennai, via Calcutta. Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal. On arrival in Chennai we transfer to a hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Monday 26th March Steam with the older sister of “Fairy Queen” After breakfast we transfer to Egmore Railway Station, Chennai. Here we board a very special steam hauled train for the journey to Guindy, south of the city, and back. We shall be hauled by the ex-East Indian Railway (EIR) steam locomotive No. 21 “Express”, the older sister to “Fairy Queen”. It was shipped from England to India in 1855, making it one of the world’s oldest operable steam locomotives. In the late afternoon we transfer to Chennai airport for a flight to Coimbatore where we check in to a hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

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Tuesday 27th March Nilgiri narrow gauge rack railway Today, we travel north by road coach from Coimbatore to Mettupalayam, in the foot hills of Nilgiri Hills. On arrival we board our special steam train on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, one of the oldest mountain railways in India. This metre gauge line uses a rack and pinion system for climbing the steep gradient between Mettupalayam and Coonoor. We shall be pushed up the incline by a magnificent large Blud SLM built 0-8-2T rack steam tank locomotive. There are spectacular views over the mountains during this exciting journey. We continue from Coonoor to Ooty (Udagamandalam) where the route is not so steep, with steam haulage requested. We arrive at Ooty around 16:00 and transfer to the Taj Savoy Hotel for two nights. (B L) Wednesday 28th March Sightseeing in Ooty and steam on the rack railway This morning we have a sight-seeing tour of Ooty and a visit to the Coonor Tea Gardens with lunch at the Tea Garden Restaurant. After lunch we join our private steam hauled train and travel in style from Coonor to Ooty. There is the option to miss the sightseeing tour of Ooty and travel by road coach to Mettupalayam to join the private steam charter train there. This provides an opportunity to travel the full length of this magnificent railway again. (Steam has been requested for today but has not yet been confirmed) (B L D)

Friday 30th March Steam to Matheran After breakfast, we travel first class by service train on the Mumbai Suburban Railway to Neral. Here we join a special steam charter train on the narrow gauge Matheran Hill Railway. We shall be hauled by a “B” Class locomotive to the Hill Station of Matheran and back. There will be many opportunities for photography on this journey. We return to Mumbai in the early evening and have dinner and overnight accommodation in our hotel. (B L D) Saturday 31st March Tour of Mumbai Today, we have a city tour of Mumbai and visit the “Gateway of India”, the most recognisable symbol of the city. We take a ferry to visit the Elephant Caves, the Prince of Wales Museum and the famous Dhobi Ghat open air laundry. Finally we take a marine drive before returning to our hotel for dinner. Later, we transfer to the airport for a Jet Airways flight to London. (B L D) Sunday 1st April Arrival in London We arrive at London Heathrow at around 07:00.

Thursday 29th March Flight to Mumbai Today, we travel by road coach to Coimbatore Airport where we board a flight to Mumbai International Airport. On arrival in Mumbai we transfer to a hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

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Spring and Cherry Blossom in Japan Saturday 24th March to Monday 9th April 2012 Spring is the ideal time to visit Japan when the weather is fine and the cherry blossom appears. We use many different forms of transport including steam trains, bullet trains, trams and a ferry boat. We travel over various types of high speed train routes, local railways, rural railways, and a rack railway. Our tour covers six of the eight regions of Japan and includes Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, the major islands, and beautiful Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. For those less interested in trains there are ample opportunities to spend more time sightseeing and exploring the many aspects of this wonderful country. Saturday 24th March Flight departs for Tokyo We depart London Heathrow using an afternoon departure by scheduled flight to Tokyo. Sunday 25th March  Arrive Tokyo We have a morning arrival at Tokyo’s Narita Airport and transfer to our conveniently located hotel in Tokyo where we stay for three nights. In the afternoon we have a leisurely tour of Japan’s capital city, ranked third among global cities, to see something of its urban landscape and transport systems. This may be one of many opportunities for viewing some sakura, cherry blossom, Japan’s unofficial national flower. It holds a very prominent position in Japanese culture and is celebrated with hanami, cherry blossom viewing, parties under the trees. Mount Fuji is just west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day. Monday 26th March Tokyo After breakfast we visit Tokyo’s last remaining tram line, the busy Arakawa Line, which operates in northern and eastern Tokyo and allows riders to have leisurely, street-level views of older sections of the city. After time for a lunch break, we continue by Japan Railways (JR) East local service and the ‘New Shuttle’ guided transit system, with rubber-tyred trains, to Omiya Station

in Saitama. Here we visit JR East’s impressive railway museum which opened in 2007. In the evening there is a welcome party, with local enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to find out about Japanese railways, life and culture. We return to our hotel for overnight accommodation. (B)

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this ancient and modern port city which is home to the tallest inland lighthouse in the world. After a break for lunch, there is an opportunity to travel by two contrasting limited (makes limited number of stops) express trains. We take JR East’s ‘Super View Odoriko’ deluxe train from Yokohama to Odawara. This is followed by leading operator Odakyu Electric Railway’s ‘Romancecar’ luxury tourist service, from Odawara to its terminus at Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku hub. Overnight accommodation is at our Tokyo hotel. (B) Wednesday 28th March The Oigawa Railway In the morning we depart from Tokyo by ‘Hikari’ (high-speed train service) shinkansen, high speed rail network, for a one-hour journey to Shizuoka.  Then we travel by JR Central’s Tokaido Line to Kanaya where we transfer to the Oigawa Railway, a private company operating two ‘tourist’ railway lines. We travel to Senzu by steam train, on their electrified main line, through a picturesque mountain area. After a lunch break and opportunity to take photographs, we transfer by coach to Sumatakyo. Here we check in to a traditional style ‘onsen’ (hot springs) hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Thursday 29th March Sumatakyo Hot Springs Resort Today, after breakfast at our hotel, the day is free


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for a choice of activities. There is the Oigawa Railway’s 16 mile Igawa Line which runs from Senzu to Ikawa through spectacular isolated mountain scenery. It is the only railway line in Japan to have a rack section, using the Abt system where the route was realigned when a dam was constructed. The Oigawa Main Line from Senzu, where there is a small railway museum, operated by steam locomotives and vintage electric multiple units (EMU’s), can be revisited for further photo opportunities. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with diverse flora and fauna, which can be explored and enjoyed. Dinner and overnight accommodation is again provided at the hotel. (B D) Friday 30th March Bullet train to Kyushu After breakfast at our hotel we transfer by coach to Senzu from where we take an Oigawa Railway historic EMU train to Kanaya. We travel by Tokaido Line stopping train from Kanaya to Hamamatsu, where we change to a ‘Hikari’ shinkansen service to Shin-Osaka. There will be time for lunch and photo opportunities at ShinOsaka. We continue westwards by JR West and JR Kyushu’s new ‘Sakura’ bullet train service to Kokura in northern Kyushu. We transfer to our hotel for overnight accommodation. (B) Saturday 31st March Tsuwano This morning we travel by ‘Kodama’ bullet train to Shin-Yamaguchi. Here we join the steam service for the two hour journey along JR West’s Yamaguchi Line to Tsuwano. Our train will be hauled by 1937 built ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. C57.1. In the afternoon there will be free time to explore the historic town of Tsuwano and visit its picturesque main street, which is lined with Edo-era buildings and Koi ponds. We return to Shin-Yamaguchi from where we travel by bullet train to Kokura for overnight accommodation at our hotel. (B)

Sunday 1st April North Kyushu Following breakfast we have some time before collecting our luggage to travel on local lines in north Kyushu, including the monorail which runs southwards from Kokura station. In the afternoon we travel to Kumamoto by ‘Sakura’ bullet train service and check in at our hotel for three nights. Kumamoto is located in the centre of Kyushuū Island, the most south-westerly island of Japan (B) Monday 2nd April Steam train to Hitoyoshi This morning we join JR Kyushu’s ‘SL Hitoyoshi’ service hauled by 1922 built steam locomotive No. C58.654. It first takes the Kagoshima Main Line before joining the Hisatsu Line inland to Hitoyoshi. Hitoyoshi is famous for its hot springs and boat trips on the Kuma-gawa River. Continued overleaf.

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Friday 6th April Return to Tokyo This morning we have a three hour journey to Nagoya by ‘Hikari’ bullet train. We then take the third-sector ‘Aonami’ (Blue Wave) Line to Nagoya Station, the world’s largest railway station by floor area and operational hub of JR Central. We visit the SCMaglev and Railway Park, JR Central’s new railway museum. Among the exhibits is steam locomotive No. C62.17 which reached a record 80 mph in 1954, and earlier bullet train types. In the late afternoon we travel to Tokyo by ‘Hikari’ bullet train. We check in to our conveniently located hotel. (B) Saturday 7th April The Mooka Line Today we travel to Shimodate, north-east from Tokyo, for a trip on the Mooka Railway’s SL Mooka steam service. This line provides an opportunity to get a taste of rural steam as we journey the 26 miles along the Mooka Line to Motegi hauled by a tank locomotive. We return to our Tokyo hotel for overnight accommodation. (B) Sunday 8th April The “Paleo Express” This morning we travel by JR East bullet train service to Kumagaya. Here we change to the ‘Paleo Express’ operated by the private Chichibu Railway, which has both freight and passenger services. The steam service takes two and a half hours to reach the railway’s terminus at Mitsumineguchi via the Chichibu Main Line. We return by Seibu Railways’ ‘Red Arrow’ limited express, from Seibu Chichibu to one of its Tokyo termini at Ikebukuro. Overnight accommodation is at our Tokyo hotel. (B) Monday 9th April Return to London Following breakfast, we transfer by the Keisei Electric Railway’s latest ‘Skyliner’ service to World Tours - Spring and Cherry Blossom in Japan

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Java Thursday 5th July to Sunday 22nd July 2012 Following our previous successes, we are again arranging a rail tour of Java, the most developed island in Indonesia. Our tour takes us to some delightful places and passes through tropical scenery including forests, mountains, paddy fields and the coast. We travel in comfort by train and by road coach to visit sugar mills and plantations to see some of the last surviving steam-operated sugar cane railways in the world. These are incredibly diverse, with several narrow gauges in use and various types of steam locomotives. We shall also visit the Ambarawa Rack Railway and Cepu Forestry Railway for chartered train trips. A highlight of the tour is travel on the incredible and recently resumed ‘steam train through the main street’ in Solo! Tourism is not forgotten. We have included several wonderful sightseeing trips, one being a visit to the spectacular Mount Bromo, an active volcano standing nearly eight thousand feet high. Our road coaches will provide a comfortable and interesting alternative to travel by train. We visit a number of popular tourist venues around the island which combined with our travel by train makes this fantastic tour a very enjoyable experience indeed. Thursday 5th July Departure from London We have a mid afternoon Emirates flight from London Heathrow to Dubai. In Dubai we connect with an Emirates flight for Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and Java’s main city.

life-style and culture of each part of Indonesia. It also includes an elevated railway and the open air Transportation Museum, with its impressive selection of steam locomotives. During the tour we will have lunch in the park. We have dinner at a local restaurant or our hotel. (B L D)

Friday 6th July Arrive in Jakarta We arrive at Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport and arrange visas. We then transfer to the 4-star Menara Peninsula Hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. The hotel is in the perimeter of Jakarta’s business district 35 minutes drive away from the airport, and conveniently located for access to the city. (D)

Sunday 8th July Jakarta to Tegal and our first sugar mill We transfer to Gambir Station, Jakarta, and travel by service train to Tegal, in executive class with at-seat service. On arrival at Tegal we visit Jatibarang Sugar Mill. We return to Tegal and check in to the Hotel Bahari Inn for overnight accommodation. Dinner will be at a local restaurant or our hotel. (B L D)

Saturday 7th July Seeing Jakarta Jakarta is home to ten million people and boasts some of the best sights in south-east Asia. We have an expert local guide for our coach tour to the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Complex. This amazing site covers 120 hectares and contains ‘pavilions’, in local architectural style, depicting the

Monday 9th July Tegal After breakfast, we have a morning tour of Pangkah Sugar Mill to watch the steam locomotives at work and enjoy a charter train trip into the cane fields, over disused lines. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit Sumberhardjo Sugar Mill to see further steam locomotive activity. World Tours - Java

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We have dinner before staying again at the Hotel Bahari, Tegal. (B L D) Tuesday 10th July Pekalongan to Semarang by train After breakfast we transfer by road coach to Pekalongan where we visit the Sragi Sugar Mill to see the activities of the steam locomotives. After lunch at a local restaurant we transfer to Pekalongan Station to travel in executive class by service train to Semarang. Overnight accommodation is at the Laras Asri Hotel Salatiga. Dinner will be either at the hotel or at a local restaurant. (B L D) Wednesday 11th July Ambarawa rack railway Today is a highlight of the tour as after breakfast we visit the Ambarawa Rack Railway with its open air display of various steam locomotives. We have a charter train ride using 0-4-2T steam locomotive No. B25.03. The line runs from Ambarawa to Jambu through flat, very attractive tropical countryside before making a spectacular climb to Bedono. Lunch will be provided in a local


restaurant. In the afternoon we transfer to Semarang for a city tour including visits to Gedung Batu Chinese Temple (Sam Poo Kong) and Sam Pho Thai Jien, the oldest church in Indonesia. After the tour, we transfer to Semarang Station and travel by train to Cepu, where we transfer to the Grand Mega Hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel or at a local restaurant. (B L D)

There are two unique narrow gauge fireless locomotives that work behind this mill, and were seen operating in August 2011. Bullock hauled trains have also been seen here in the recent past. After lunch at the Mill, we return by road coach to Probolinggo where we stay again in the Hotel Bromo View. We have dinner at a local restaurant. (B L D)

Thursday 12th July Cepu Forestry Railway The Cepu Forestry Railway is our venue for today. It was built for the haulage of teak logs out of the forest to the mill at Cepu. We have a morning charter train ride through forest and farmland to Gubuk Payung hauled by a 0-10-0T steam locomotive called “Tudjubelas” which was built by BMAG of Berlin in 1928. After lunch and traditional entertainment we have an afternoon charter train ride hauled by 0-6-6-0T steam locomotive No. 388 (CC30) to TPK. We transfer to the Grand Mega Hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant. (B L D)

Sunday 15th July Mount Bromo For those who choose to rise early, one of the highlights of our holiday is a trip to see the sunrise over Mount Bromo, a truly spectacular sight and well worth the effort. We depart at 03:00 and afterwards return to our hotel for breakfast. Mount Bromo is an active volcano and part of the 8,000 foot high Tengger Massif. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Indonesia. Later in the morning we depart by road coach to Malang from where we again travel in executive class on a service train to Kediri. On arrival we transfer to the Grand Surya Kediri Hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Friday 13th July Cepu to Probolinggo We leave Cepu at around 10:00 and travel by executive class service train to Probolinggo. There is a break of journey at Surabaya where we stop for lunch at a local restaurant. At around 18:00 we arrive at Probolinggo, a city famous for its mangoes and for the refining and exporting of sugar. We transfer to the Hotel Bromo View for two nights accommodation, enjoying dinner at a local restaurant. (B L D) Saturday 14th July Semboro Sugar Mill After breakfast, our road coach takes us to Tanggul where we visit Semboro Sugar Mill. We have arranged a trip into the cane fields with either Mallett-type steam locomotive No.15, built by Orenstein and Koppel in 1926, or 0-6-0T steam locomotive No. 29 built by Jung.

Monday 16th July Mount Kelud Tour After breakfast we have a morning tour to Kelud Volcano – ‘the youngest mountain in the world’! Later we visit a factory making local cigarettes entirely by hand, a coffee plantation, and Merican Sugar Mill. Steam locomotives here include No. 205, thought to be the last regular working 0-4-40T industrial Mallet-type steam locomotive in the world. Lunch and dinner will be at local restaurants. We stay overnight at the Grand Surya Kediri Hotel. (B L D) Continued overleaf.

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Tuesday 17th July Sugar mills at Madiun After breakfast we transfer by road coach to Madiun for a tour of two sugar mills. We visit Rejosari Sugar Mill and see a very rare steam locomotive, driven by a jackshaft. This mill also has a diesel locomotive driven by the same means. Purwodadi Sugar Mill has been one of the busiest mills in the area for steam locomotive operation but seasonal fluctuations in the sugar cane harvest influence the level of activity. Afterwards we transfer to Madiun Station and join the regular service train to Solo. Lunch and dinner will be at a local restaurant. We stay at the Hotel Best Western Solo for overnight accommodation. (B L D) Wednesday 18th July Steam train through Solo streets This morning we travel by road coach into the hills to visit the Sukuh Erotic Temple, from where we continue to the Tasik Madu Sugar Mill. This mill has developed attractions for the visiting public including a museum and a tourist train. It also has working steam locomotives, steam driven mill machinery and a unique vertical boilered steam roller. Traditional music and dance entertainment, and lunch, will be provided at the mill. Later, we travel on a private charter train through the streets of Solo, a quite exceptional experience. Our train will be hauled by steam locomotive No. C1218. We transfer by road coach to Solo Station where we join a regular service train to Yogyakarta. We check in to the Hotel Melia Purosani for three nights accommodation. Dinner will be taken at the hotel or at a local restaurant. (B L D)

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Tour Summary Price per person Single supplement

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Price includes: • Flights from London to Jakarta and return • 15 nights accommodation in the best available hotels • All meals as shown, sometimes packed lunches • Travel by regular service trains around Java, mostly in Executive class • Special steam charters at the sugar mills, Ambarawa Rack Railway, the Cepu Forestry Railway, and the Solo street train • All visits and tours in the itinerary • The services of a tour manager Thursday 19th July Temples and tradition in Yogyakarta Today we have a guided tour of Yogyakarta, a city with an outstanding historical and cultural heritage and the main tourist destination on the island of Java. Our road coach takes us to the Borobodur Temple, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, thought to have been built at the beginning of the 8th Century. We also visit the Sultan’s Palace, founded in 1755. After enjoying lunch in a local restaurant, we visit the Prambanan Hindu Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening we visit the Ramayana Ballet for a magical open-air performance in a fantastic setting adjacent to the Prambanan Hindu Temple. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at the Hotel Melia Purosani. (B L D) Friday 20th July Free day in Yogyakarta This is a free day to explore Yogyakarta which is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia and has many heritage buildings and monuments. It is renowned as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows, and has a number of art galleries and museums.

The city has two passenger railway stations located in the heart of the city. Yogyakarta has several trendy shopping malls and Malioboro is a well-known shopping street running from Tugu Railway Station to the Sultan’s Square. There are traditional markets such as Pasar Beringharjo and Pasar Kranggan selling batik, traditional wayang puppets, sculpture, ceramics and silverware. To the east of the town centre is a large air-force museum containing an assortment of American and British aircraft together with a number of vintage Russian aircraft. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at the Hotel Melia Purosani. (B L D)

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Hedjaz Railway Friday 7th September to Monday 17th September 2012 The amazing Hedjaz Railway was originally built to transport pilgrims from Damascus in Syria to Medina in Saudi Arabia. It was severely damaged during World War I, largely by Lawrence of Arabia, but several parts have been kept in running order, so the romance of the railway remains alive for our visit. We travel by privately chartered trains, steam hauled throughout and using many different locomotives, on all the available sections of the railway. This tour features visits to a plethora of fascinating places in both Jordan and Syria, including the rose-red City of Petra; the Dead Sea; the ruined Roman city of Jerash; and the ancient cities of Amman and Damascus. Friday 7th September Flight to Amman We have a late morning departure from London Heathrow and fly to Amman in Jordan. On arrival, we transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in time for a light supper. (D) Saturday 8th September Steam to Quatrana We leave the hotel for Amman Station where our first locomotive, a British built Stephenson Hawthorn 2-8-2 No. 23, will take our train south into the desert to Quatrana. This section of the line is closed to regular traffic and we will have opportunities to stop for photography and capture some rare pictures. The long climb out of Amman is fascinating, as we pass through its suburbs. At Quatrana we have lunch in the Sultani Resthouse, after which we continue along the Desert Highway to Petra. We stay tonight at the 4-star Crowne Plaza Hotel, Petra. (B L D) Sunday 9th September Guided tour of Petra Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares a visitor for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed! Known as the ‘city of rock’, it was carved out of the local rose-coloured sandstone over two thousand years ago and its imposing facades and tombs are a

testament to the one-time wealth of the ancient Nabataeans. Its most famous buildings are the Treasury and the Great Temple. The latter alone is worth visiting for the exquisite art and architecture it showcases from this period. A palatial building, it displays carved elephant heads, frescos and elegant pilasters demonstrating the bringing together of many cultures. During our guided tour we have lunch at the Basin Restaurant. We return to the 4-star Crowne Plaza Hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Monday 10th September Dead Sea resort The Dead Sea has great biblical, archaeological, historical and geographical significance. It has the lowest water surface on earth at 1,373 feet below sea level. Today our road coach will take us from Petra to the Dead Sea where there is an option to bathe, reaping the acclaimed benefits of the sea’s mineral-rich waters. Changing facilities and towels are provided by a local hotel. After lunch at the resort we return to Amman and the Crowne Plaza Hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

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Tuesday 11th September Train to Syria We join our train at Amman Station, today hauled by a Japanese-built Pacific steam locomotive No. 82, for the northbound journey along the Hedjaz Railway to Dera’a in Syria. This is a remarkable experience, since steam-hauled border crossings are a rare event anywhere in the world today. The city of Dera’a dates back to the Canaanites and was mentioned in the time of Pharaoh Thutmose III between 1490 and 1436 BC. We visit the locomotive depot at Dera’a where an ancient locomotive, 2-6-0T No. 61, will be specially steamed to shunt in the station yard for us. A Hartmann-built 2-8-2 steam locomotive No. 262, will work into Dera’a with a freight train from Damascus. Another Hartmann-built steam locomotive, 2-8-0 No. 91, hauling Syrian rolling stock, will then take us down the little used branch line to Bosra where we check in to the 4-star Cham Palace Hotel for two nights. (B L D) Wednesday 12th September The Ancient City of Bosra or steam to Dera’a Today, there is the choice of a sightseeing tour of Bosra; or travel by train, hauled by No. 91, from Bosra to Dera’a, with photographic opportunities. Bosra is famous for its magnificent fifteen thousand seat Roman amphitheatre, later


converted into a fortress by the Ayyubids. Other interesting things to see include the Western Gate, the Roman Baths, the Mosque of Omar, the Cathedral of Bosra, the Mameluke Baths, a Nabataean arch, and the basilica known as the Church of Bahira. Those choosing to take the sightseeing tour will return to Dera’a by private road coach. Lunch is at the Al Sharak restaurant in Dera’a. In the afternoon we join our train, hauled by steam locomotive No. 262, to take a trip to the scenic Yarmuk Gorge area beyond Mezerib. This is a fantastic journey passing through tunnels and across viaducts whilst heading deep into the gorge. Here the locomotive runs round the train for the return journey back to Dera’a, from where our road coach will take us back to Bosra. (B L D) Thursday 13th September Yarmuk Gorge and Damascus We return to Dera’a Station to join our special train, hauled by steam locomotive No. 97, for a second run down the spectacular Yarmuk Gorge. If you prefer, you can stay in Dera’a for the morning for a spot of sightseeing. We have lunch at the Al Sharak Restaurant in Dera’a and afterwards join our train, hauled by 2-8-2 steam locomotive No. 262, to travel along the main line towards Damascus. We stay at the 5-star Cham Palace Hotel in Damascus for two nights. (B L D) Friday 14th September Cadem Works and Zebdani Today we visit the Cadem railway works in Damascus, a treasure chest of old steam locomotives, carriages, and machinery. We then go to Hameh Station to join our special train of old four-wheel carriages, for the journey to Zebdani. Our train is hauled by 2-6-0T steam locomotive No. 755 which was built by the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works (SLM). At Zebdani, we have lunch at a restaurant which has a small river flowing through it. We return to Damascus by road coach for a guided tour of the city. This includes visiting the chapel commemorating the lowering of St. Paul in a basket, to escape his persecutors. Alternatively, there is the option to return to Damascus by our steam train. (B L D) Saturday 15th September Ruined City of Jerash We travel to Cadem Station where a Hartman-built Mikado steam locomotive will be waiting to haul our train along the Hedjaz main line. This is a fascinating route that includes a mixture of street running in Damascus and stunning, bleak desert scenery. After lunch we travel by road coach to visit the ruined Roman city of Jerash. Imagine being back in the 2nd Century AD as we walk around one of the best-preserved provincial Roman cities anywhere in the world. This city includes magnificent ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic periods, evidence that it has existed for over a thousand years. We stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Amman for two nights. (B L D)

collection of motor cars which are on display as a tribute to the late King Hussein of Jordan. From here we go to Mahatta Station to join our train for the southbound journey to Qasir Station. The train will be hauled by Haine St. Pierre-built 2-8-2 steam locomotive No. 71. There will be stops for photography during our journey along this highly scenic line. A road coach will take us to visit St. George’s Church in Qasir and this will be followed by lunch. Afterwards, we visit Mount Nebo, a highly significant Biblical site. The view from the summit, 817 metres (2,680 feet) above sea level, provides a panorama of the Holy Land and the valley of the River Jordan. We return to our hotel in Amman by road coach. (B L D) Monday 17th September Return to the UK Our flight leaves Amman in the early afternoon and arrives at London Heathrow in the early evening. (B)

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Autumn in New England Monday 10th September to Tuesday 25th September 2012 Few places are as pristine and naturally vibrant in Autumn as New England! The famous autumn foliage and stunning symphony of colours in the back woods of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine make the most north-easterly region of the United States the premier place to visit in the ‘fall’. We experience the rural charm and authentic Yankee spirit of this six-state region by visiting an exquisite selection of top quality heritage railroads and classic cruise destinations. We base ourselves in the cosmopolitan city of Boston; the cosy village of North Woodstock, New Hampshire; and the historic port town of Portland, Maine. Where available, we travel on original steam trains and also have an estuarine cruise on one of the very last coal-fired propeller-driven steamers on America´s East Coast. Preference is always given to first class and parlour car accommodation on trains! Every day, breakfast is included whereas lunches, with one exception, and dinners are not. However, there will be ample opportunities to find suitable venues of your choice for these meals in each location. From the cobble-stone streets of historic Beacon Hill in Boston to the shoreline of Connecticut, from the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire to the covered bridges of Vermont, this entirely new tour will give you the opportunity to experience the diverse beauty of New England in first-class comfort. Monday 10th September Flight to Boston We have a trans-Atlantic flight from London Heathrow to Boston, arriving in the early evening local time. From Logan International Airport we transfer by road coach to our hotel, which is conveniently located in the elegant Back Bay area of the city. This will be our base for the next five nights.

yourself in the authentic American atmosphere that “Beantown” (nickname for Boston) has to offer. The subway, (or the “T” - Metro) is composed of four colour-coded railway lines and is a very convenient mode of transport to ‘get you anywhere’. Cambridge is a short distance by subway and the home of Harvard University with its ornate campus and the celebrated Harvard Museum of Natural History. (B)

Tuesday 11th September Day of leisure in Boston Today is a free day to explore Boston, the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts, and one of the oldest cities in the United States. The city´s historic landmarks and principal attractions can be easily reached on foot from the hotel in Back Bay. There are options such as to stroll along the spacious avenues of Back Bay; visit the Boston Public Garden, a large park and botanical gardens; shop on Newbury Street; see historic Beacon Hill with its 18th and 19th Century red-brick townhouses; follow the famed Freedom Trail in the financial district; or simply to relax and immerse

Wednesday 12th September Classic PCC trams in Boston This morning we have a vintage tram ride in Boston´s Ashmont district. Boston features America´s oldest subway system and we first visit the original Park Street underground station from 1897, before continuing with the subway’s flagship Red Line to Ashmont. There we travel on the vintage 1940’s PCC (Presidents’ Conference Committee) trams that operate the 2.4 mile long high speed line to Mattapan. The PCC name comes from the design committee formed in 1929 representing the Presidents of various electric street railways. This remarkable, standard gauge World Tours - Autumn in New England

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operation is actually the only public transportation revenue service in the United States that has continuously operated PCC trams, icons of the 1940’s. The entire present stock has recently been tastefully refurbished and now represents a “must see” for any tram enthusiast. There will be an opportunity to ride on several of the cream and orange coloured PCC coaches as well as to photograph or film them. The excursion will conclude just before lunch time and the rest of the day will be free to further explore the different attractions in either Boston or Cambridge. (B) Thursday 13th September By train to Rockport on Cape Ann Today, we have an organised train trip and travel on a late morning departure from Boston´s North Station to Rockport at the tip of the Cape Ann peninsula. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates an excellent network of regional trains and we travel on a very comfortable one on one of its most scenic lines! Our train is hauled by a typical and really massive diesel locomotive, complete with the front-end ringing


bell for all level crossings. It provides a first taste of genuine American railroading. Our train travels along Boston´s North Shore and the Atlantic coastline, with lots of marshes and beaches in view. After a little over an hour, we reach our destination of Rockport. This quaint Massachusetts coastal town is a seasonal favourite with local New Englanders and there will be ample time to discover its many restaurants, art galleries and colourful wooden shack houses plus elegant sailing boats in the harbour. This is coastal New England scenery straight out of a picture book! The red fishing barn “Motif No. 1” is the preeminent local landmark which is a popular image on postcards and in films. We return to North Station Boston on a late afternoon train. (B) Friday 14th September Steam in Connecticut Today´s programme provides the first opportunity to experience steam in New England, both on land and water! We take an early morning Amtrak Northeast Regional service from the nearby Back Bay Station to Old Saybrook in Connecticut. We travel there on the famed Northeast Corridor through southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We have reserved seats in business class. After about two hours on the train, we reach Old Saybrook, from where a road coach takes us to nearby Essex. There we board the Valley Railroad´s well known “Essex Steam Train” and travel the entire length of the route to Haddam and back. You have the choice of either riding in the parlour car or the open car. We remain at the charming Essex station, which features an excellent gallery and souvenir shop, to see and photograph the departure of the day´s second steam train. Then our road coach takes us to the nearby coastal town of Mystic. There we visit Mystic Seaport, a formidable maritime museum with an extensive collection of historic ships. One of them is the operational and absolutely genuine coal-fired propeller-driven steamer S.S. “Sabino” from 1908. We board this delightful ship for a 90 minute cruise in Mystic´s coastal harbour and estuarine river. After our visit to Mystic Seaport our road coach takes us to nearby New London, where we board an Amtrak train and return to Boston. (B) Saturday 15th September Transfer to New Hampshire, steam on the White Mountain Central Railroad We have a morning transfer by a chartered road coach from Boston northwards to North Woodstock in New Hampshire. This delightful little town is located in the heart of the White Mountains. Our base will be the Woodstock Inn, a classic New England countryside inn, fully equipped with its own micro-brewery and a preserved railway station to boot! Most of the day we will then spend at the nearby Clark´s Trading Post, a classic New Hampshire attraction that is also home to the White Mountain Central Railroad. For this weekend, Clark´s Trading Post is staging its once-a-year Railfest and thus our visit will coincide with the operation of several rarely used steam locomotives. Highlights are the massive 2-4-2T Baldwin-built tank locomotive No. 5, a 50 ton behemoth; and No. 6, the line´s flagship two-truck, wood burning Climax

locomotive. This indeed is one of the few operational Climax steam locomotives anywhere in the world! The line passes through wonderful scenery and crosses a covered bridge too! There will be ample time to both ride on and photograph the trains. Several Shay and Heisler locomotives will be on cold display, while caboose rides will also be possible. Apart from the railway, Clark´s Trading Post additionally features live animal shows with trained black bears, plus many other regional attractions. There are also local arts and crafts shops. In the early evening, we make the one mile return journey to our Inn by road coach. (B) Sunday 16th September Steam to the top of Mount Washington and Conway Scenic Railroad Today features one of the highlights of the tour as we visit the nearby Mount Washington Cog Railway. This original engineering marvel dating from 1869 is indeed the very first rack and pinion railway in the world and at the same time New England´s most internationally acclaimed tourist line. In recent years the railway has begun introducing diesel locomotives but the first train of the day is still steam-hauled. We join this train and let the coal-fired locomotive push us up the unique wooden trestle to the summit station of the 6,288 feet high peak, as such the highest mountain in New England. On a clear day it is possible to see both the Atlantic Ocean and Canada from the top! The forest scenery below should unfold like a painter´s palette, with a vibrant mix of different colours, foremost green, yellow, orange and already some red. We return by steam train down the trestle to the Marshfield base station and then continue by our road coach to the nearby Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway. In the early afternoon, we board a parlour car and take the train on the “Valley line” route to Conway. Normally this train is steam hauled on weekends and during the fall. After our ride there will be some extra time to photograph the other arriving and departing trains as well as to have a look around the immaculate and very ornate North Conway station building. In the late afternoon, we return to North Woodstock by road coach. (B)

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Monday 17th September Notch train on the Conway Scenic Railroad We return to the Conway Scenic Railroad for a second days travel on its flagship Notch Train, covering the north-bound track we did not do on the previous day. This is indeed one of the most scenic rides anywhere on the East Coast with panoramic mountain vistas that include steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, plus lots of dense woods. From an engineering point of view, there are the famed Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook bridges over which the train passes. We have premier seating in a vintage North American dome car and a complimentary threecourse lunch in the “Hattie Evans” Pullman Standard dining car. Our train is hauled by an iconic vintage diesel locomotive, representative of U.S. railroading from the mid 20th Century. The end of the line is at Crawford Notch, and there we stop for an hour and enjoy the unspoiled nature around Saco Lake. Here the ‘fall’ foliage will be already close to its peak colours. After our round-trip return to North Conway, we return to North Woodstock by chartered road coach. (B L) Tuesday 18th September Railroading in Vermont Today we make an excursion to the Green Mountains of Vermont. Our road coach takes us on a scenic route westward to Vermont over quiet back-country roads with idyllic scenery. We cross the Connecticut River and reach White River Junction. There we board the Green Mountain Railroad’s White River Flyer, a scenic train that will take us to Thetford and back. The line runs beside the river, with both the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the east and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the west, in full view. On our return to White River Junction we drive the short distance to the spectacular Quechee Gorge, where an old steel truss railway bridge converted into a roadway spans the deep valley. We pause to enjoy these fine sights and visit the

local arts and crafts shops, before continuing the short distance to the charming town of Woodstock, Vermont. This is one of the prettiest towns anywhere in the States and straight out of a New England picture book. There will be free time in Woodstock to view and appreciate the different white spire churches, the town green, and the wooden covered bridge. We have an additional scenic drive through Vermont’s countryside as we return to New Hampshire. (B) Wednesday 19th September Transfer to Maine, Seashore Tram Museum The time has come for us to leave our base in New Hampshire and to travel by our road coach to Maine, the easternmost state in both New England and the United States. We drive to Kennebunkport, where we visit the Seashore Tram Museum, which has one of the best collections of preserved trams anywhere in the U.S., plus an integrated heritage line. There will be ample time to view the remarkable collection and also ride on the trams that are in active service that day. In the late afternoon, we continue the short distance to Portland, Maine’s largest city, and our attractive base for the remainder of the tour. We stay at the stately Eastland Grand Hotel in the city centre and near to the old port. (B) Thursday 20th September Maine Eastern Railroad Today, we travel by road coach to nearby Brunswick, Maine, where we have a late morning departure on the coastal Maine Eastern Railroad. This scenic line runs for 57 miles close to Maine’s rocky shoreline, travelling from Brunswick via Bath and Wiscasset to Rockland. We reach Rockland shortly after noon and most of the afternoon will be free to explore this beautiful seaside town. In the late afternoon we take the return train from Rockland to Brunswick, travelling in the stately parlour car. This railway operates very handsome rakes of stainless steel, streamlined carriages World Tours - Autumn in New England

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hauled by the legendary FL-9 class diesel locomotives. We return to our hotel in Portland. (B) Friday 21st September Classic cruise on Moosehead Lake Another genuine highlight of the tour awaits us today, as we venture deep into the back woods of Maine to the remote but absolutely serene Moosehead Lake. This large inland body of water is named in reference to its outline, which on a map closely resembles the antlers of a Moose. At Moosehead Lake we will be far enough to the north that our timing will be perfect to see all the autumn colours at their absolute peak. We have a three hour cruise on the lake and our ship for the day will be the vintage motor vessel “Katahdin”, a beautifully refined classic ship originally dating from 1914. Its elegant wooden decor, characteristic wheelhouse, tall black funnel and elegant, spacious decks will be sure to charm you! Our ship departs shortly after noon and will take us to the remote outreaches of Maine’s largest lake. In the late afternoon we travel by road coach to Augusta, Maine’s historic capital city. We return to our hotel in Portland for overnight accommodation. (B) Saturday 22nd September Steam on Maine’s narrow gauge railways Today we discover Maine’s narrow gauge railway heritage and travel on some of its remaining twofoot gauge railways. Our road coach first takes us to Alna, home of the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum (WWF), which has successfully preserved an attractive section of railway line from a previously huge network. The WWF operates several indigenous steam locomotives and we shall travel by train hauled by one of them and then also have the opportunity to photograph them in their natural woodland setting. We spend the morning and early afternoon at the WWF, before later transferring the short distance to another excellent narrow


gauge museum, the Boothbay Railway Village. There we also travel by steam train on the museum’s heritage railway line. There will also be ample time to see the museum’s other antique collections, including old-timer cars, various equipment, and historic houses. In the early evening we return the short distance to Portland. (B) Sunday 23rd September Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum and Schooner sail on Casco Bay We have a leisurely morning in Portland before we visit the city´s old port and take a ride on the two foot gauge harbour railway known as the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. The museum also runs its own steam trains and we hope that the Baldwin-built 2-4-4 locomotive No. 7 will have completed its comprehensive overhaul in time for our visit. Later we walk the very short distance from the Narrow Gauge Museum to the boat landing stage. Here we board an elegant windjammer from the early 20th Century for a scenic sail around Casco Bay. Casco Bay features many famous forts and lighthouses, rocky cliffs and several little islands. In short, its maritime qualities are quintessential Maine. Our activities will conclude by the late afternoon, giving you a last evening of leisure in Portland to enjoy the city and maybe also visit its historic and vibrant West End district. (B)

Monday 24th September Return to Boston on Amtrak, flight to London Our two week tour of New England concludes today. We have a late morning departure from Portland back to Boston. As a bonus, we make this journey by rail, taking Amtrak´s excellent Downeaster service for the quick and efficient, two-plus hour journey down the Atlantic coast. Our seats are reserved in business class, which is located close to the train´s well stocked bar car. We arrive at North Station in Boston, from where we have a 10 minute road coach transfer to Logan International Airport. The flight back to London Heathrow leaves Boston in the evening. (B) Tuesday 25th September Arrival in UK Our flight arrives at London Heathrow in the morning.

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Peru and Bolivia Wednesday 3rd October to Saturday 20th October 2012 This tour is so full of culture and amazing sights that it is difficult to know where to begin! We commence with a city tour of Lima, the capital of Peru. We shall then travel by train and by coach amongst mountains rising to over twenty thousand feet, see lakes, and pass from spring to winter in a matter of hours as we reach altitudes of up to around sixteen thousand feet. Seeing the sunrise in magical Machu Picchu is amazing, possibly the world’s most celebrated sight; and we sail on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Without a doubt this tour is a real cultural Andean feast. As for the railway side, we cover a good proportion of the railways in Peru including what was, until recently, the highest railway in the world. We also pass through the Andes on one of Peru’s most luxurious trains. It is true to say that all of the varied railway journeys that we make are spectacular and very special. Wednesday 3rd October Flight to Lima, Peru We have a morning flight from London Heathrow to Lima via Miami. We transfer to the Casa Andina Hotel, located in the Lima district of Miraflores, for two nights. Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru, located in valleys on a desert coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Miraflores is known for its shopping areas, gardens, flower-filled parks and beaches. Dinner is not included this evening and since the district is full of hotels, cafés, pubs, and restaurants there will be ample choice of venue for your evening meal. Thursday 4th October Lima city tour After breakfast at the hotel, we have a morning sightseeing tour in Lima, visiting both the modern and the colonial parts of the city. Lima was the seat of Spanish rule for 300 years and retains impressive buildings of distinctive Moorish architecture. Today Lima is a bustling metropolis, the cultural and business centre of Peru, characterised by its historic centre, popular traditions, colourful craft markets, and unique cuisine. In the afternoon we visit the Gold Museum to see the legendary golden treasures of the Incas.

We also plan to visit a park (if open) where there is a 500mm narrow gauge railway that operates a 0-4-0T steam tank locomotive built in 1926. We return to the Casa Andina Hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Friday 5th October By rail from Lima to Huancayo The Central Railway, Ferrocarril Central del Peru, is a remarkable standard gauge railway line and the most important in Peru from an economic point of view. It begins at the Pacific Port of Callao and was well known as the highest railway in the world until 2006 when China opened its line to Lhasa in Tibet. The line reaches its summit at 15,686 feet near Galera Station before it descends to La Oroya (12,000 feet) and Huancayo (10,700 feet). Our journey begins at Lima Desamparados Station, only a little above sea level, and makes the spectacular climb into the mountains. The steepest gradients are 4.5% and the line traverses 66 tunnels, 59 bridges and 22 zigzag bends. Warm clothing is necessary when we leave the train for photography as we will experience a dramatic drop in temperature. Lunch will be provided on the train. At Huancayo, we transfer to the Hotel Turismo for overnight accommodation. World Tours - Peru and Bolivia

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Dinner tonight is in a typical restaurant of the region. (B L D) Saturday 6th October Huancayo to Huancavelica During the morning we travel with a private charter from Huancayo to Huancavelica by “el Tren Macho”, literally ‘the man train’. It has this name because according to a popular saying it is the train that “leaves when it wants and arrives when it can”. There was previously a break-of-gauge at Huancayo until 2008 when the former narrow gauge (914 mm; 3 feet) line closed to be rebuilt as standard gauge (1,435 mm; 4 ft 8½ in). We pass through beautiful Andean scenery and have lunch en route. We check in to a hotel in Huancavelica before making afternoon visits to the historic former Santa Barbara mercury mine, and a “stone community”. Later, we experience a Scissors Dance Show, an impressive demonstration of typical Andean art, skillfully performed by dancers with scissors. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)


Sunday 7th October By road to Ayacucho This morning we travel by private road coach to Ayacucho. This is a wonderful journey which takes us past old silver mines and an abandoned railway line before the climb into the Andes Mountains. We reach higher altitudes than our train two days previously and, in fact, we shall be on the highest paved road in the world, with the possible exception of the Himalayas. We have a packed lunch en route. Ayacucho is a city that was founded by the Spaniards in 1540, and contains many buildings that reflect Spain’s influence over hundreds of years. We check in to the Hotel Ayacucho, and there should be time to explore the colonial city centre before dinner. (B L D) Monday 8th October Pisac and the Sacred Valley of the Incas After breakfast in the hotel, we have an early morning transfer to the local airport for a flight from Ayacucho to Lima. We then take a connecting flight from Lima to Cusco. On both flights we pass over the massive Andes Mountains and should get some spectacular views. Cusco is the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and from there we make the journey to the valley of the Urubamba River, the so called Sacred Valley of the Incas. We continue our journey towards Pisac, to an area best known for its Incan ruins of more than 30 independent settlements spread out over the mountain slopes overlooking the southern end of the Urubamba Valley. Today it is possible to walk through the ruins, including Intyhuatana, the temple of the sun, from where the view is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Almost the whole town of Pisac has been converted into a street market selling all kinds of handicrafts, antiques and Alpaca wool clothing. Afterwards, we continue to a hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Tuesday 9th October Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes This morning we travel along the Urubamba Valley to the town of Ollantaytambo, an Inca archaeological site. The ‘Old Town’ was built by the Incas over five hundred years ago and is unique in all of Peru. The distinctive stone structures of the Incas are all around – defensive walls guard the entrances to the town; agricultural terraces cover the valley slopes; store houses stand on the hillside; and stairways lead to the Sun Temple. At Ollantaytambo Railway Station we board a PeruRail service train for the 1.5 hour journey along the 914 mm (3 feet) narrow gauge line to Aguas Calientes. We shall travel by the Vistadome service in carriages with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views of the mountainous terrain along the Urubamba Valley, and with at-seat refreshments included. Upon arrival there is a short walk to the hotel where we shall have dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

the Incas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We shall have a three hour guided tour through several sectors of this famous archaeological complex which was discovered in 1911 by the North American historian Hiram Bingham. There will be optional walks available to visit the nearby ruins of Inty Punku, the so called “Sun Door” on the East side of the main complex, or to climb up to the Moon Temple on the top of Wayna Picchu Mountain (entrance fee not included), from where there are astonishing views of the entire Machu Picchu ruins. Lunch will be taken in the Sanctuary Lodge. In the afternoon, we return by bus to Aguas Calientes Station where we board a PeruRail train for the journey to Poroy, just outside Cusco. We transfer by private vehicle to a hotel in Cusco city for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Thursday 11th October Cusco city tour After breakfast in the hotel, we have a morning sightseeing tour of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. We shall see the many historical Inca and Spanish colonial monuments in the city. These include the Inca Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) which today forms part of the 17th Century Santo Domingo Cathedral. Also, we will visit the ¨Piedra de los Doce Angulos¨ (stone of 12 angles) to see the amazing Inca walls of huge carved stone blocks that fit perfectly. We shall go high into the mountains overlooking the town for photographs, and later visit the PeruRail locomotive depot and meet the staff. In the evening we return to our hotel in Cusco city and have dinner at a traditional local restaurant. (B L D) Friday 12th October Train to Lake Titicaca Following breakfast, we transfer to Cusco Railway Station where we join the “Andean Explorer” luxury train for Puno. We travel 1st class, with lunch served on board, for 240 miles along this standard gauge line which has been mentioned among the 25 greatest railway journeys of the world. The train makes stops along the way. Local women bring handicrafts to sell in the market at Sichuan, a picturesque village set in a plain landscape. La Raya Pass is the highest point on the route at around fourteen thousand feet, and here there is an exquisite view, weather permitting, over the plains to the snowcapped mountains. Puno is located on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at over twelve thousand feet and the largest lake in South America. We transfer to a hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

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Saturday 13th October Tiwanaku and La Paz, Bolivia Today, we move by private transport from Peru to Bolivia and cross the border at the town of Desaguadero. We continue to Guaqui, which is a railhead and port on Lake Titicaca, and visit the railway depot there. We then visit Tiwanaku, the capital of an ancient civilisation located near the south-eastern shores of Lake Titikaka. During its greatest times, the capital was the largest in the world and is considered to be the ‘Cradle of all American Civilizations’. These pre-Inca ruins have started endless archaeological debates; the most recent carbon-14 tests show that the site dates back to 1580 B.C. We have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing our journey, by private bus, to La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. We stay overnight in the Hotel Plaza. (B L D) Sunday 14th October Tour of La Paz city and Moon Valley We have breakfast in the hotel before making a morning sightseeing tour of La Paz. The afternoon is free, providing further opportunities to explore the city. La Paz is the highest capital city in the world and it sits in a ‘bowl’ surrounded by high mountains. Overlooking the city is the towering triple-peaked Illimani which is always snowcovered and can be seen from several locations. The city is renowned for its traditional culture and unique markets such as the Black Market and Witches Market. Calle Jaen is one of the few places in the city with preserved colonial buildings, currently housing several interesting museums including the Musical Instrument and the Precious Metals Museums. Sagarnaga Street, just south of Plaza San Francisco, is the main tourist area. It is mainly a market street with craft and souvenir shops, but also the location of budget hotels, tour and travel agencies, and cafes. Just outside the city is the Moon Valley, an area of surreal, weathered rock where erosion has worn away the majority of a mountain. It is composed of clay

rather than rock, and over the centuries the elements have created a somewhat odd work of art here, like a desert filled with stalagmites. We stay overnight in the Hotel Plaza. (B L D) Monday 15th October Travel La Paz to Puno This morning we travel by bus from La Paz to Huatajata. Here we visit the Andean Roots Eco Village, a small but charming museum and exhibition on the culture and history of the region. Outside the museum there are replicas of the mud houses that many of the Chipaya people of the surrounding altiplano still use. It is possible to meet the Limachi family who built the “RA II” and “Tigris” tortora boats used by explorer Thor Heyerdahl for his expeditions across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and see their replicas on site. There is also a handicraft village where local artisans make the local drink “Chicha”, ceramics, “Abarcas” (native sandals), Melon Hats of the Indian women, and the wonderful masks used in their colorful fiestas. We then board a Hydrofoil to explore Lake Titicaca and cruise to Copacabana. We make stops at the floating islands of the UrusIruitos; Moon Island, where we visit the Sun Virgins Temple; and Sun Island, where we visit the Inca Steps and the Sacred Fountain. We have lunch at the “Uma Kollu” archaeological restaurant. In Copacabana, we visit a 16th Century Spanish colonial shrine that houses the image of Our Lady of Copacabana, the patron saint of Bolivia. We cross the border into Peru and travel to Puno, where we have dinner and stay overnight at a hotel. (B L D) Tuesday 16th October By rail from Puno to Arequipa After breakfast in the hotel, we have an early morning transfer to the local railway station to catch our train to Arequipa. There are no regular passenger trains on this line so we have a special train all to ourselves. Lunch will be served on the World Tours - Peru and Bolivia

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train. We travel for 221 miles passing through a land of volcanoes, deep canyons, mountain plains and steaming springs. The highest point on today’s journey is reached at Crucero Alto, at nearly fifteen thousand feet above sea level. We see the massive, normally snow capped, Chachani Mountain (6,095 metres; 19,997 feet), the highest in the area, and nearby El Misti and Pichu Pichua volcanoes, before reaching Arequipa. We arrive in Arequipa late in the afternoon and transfer to the Casa Andina Hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. Arequipa is the second most important city in Peru. It is also known as the White City because of its many colonial buildings built with white volcanic rock. (B L D) Wednesday 17th October Charter train to Mollendo Today, our charter train leaves Arequipa at 06:50 for the town of Mollendo. This commercial route is used almost exclusively for the shipment of minerals, and a passenger train is rare. Our train first descends from the mountains to a high desert plateau, and then descends again to the arid coastal plain. We have lunch before arriving at Mollendo. We shall have time to look around Mollendo’s attractive old station, walk around the town, and gaze at the Pacific Ocean from its beach. We are due to arrive back at Arequipa late in the afternoon. We have dinner and overnight accommodation at the Casa Andina Hotel. (B L D) Thursday 18th October Return to Lima In the morning we have a city tour of colonial Arequipa and visit the world famous Convent of Santa Catalina. We have lunch in the city before transferring to the airport for a flight to Lima. Upon arrival we transfer to a restaurant in Lima for our farewell dinner. We stay overnight in a Lima hotel. (B L D)


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Mainline Steam in New Zealand Saturday 6th October to Friday 26th October 2012 We have again joined forces with ‘Mainline Steam’ in New Zealand to offer an opportunity to travel on their fantastic steam tour of both North and South Island. The tour includes 10 unique rail journeys and many tourist visits. We travel behind magnificently restored steam locomotives on the New Zealand railway network through some of the best scenery in the world, from snow capped mountains, to rolling green hills, to spectacular coastal vistas. The tour provides incredible opportunities for photography, including the steam train on the main line at staged run pasts. Saturday 6th October Flight to New Zealand Our flight to Auckland leaves London Heathrow in the late afternoon. Monday 8th October Arrival in Auckland On arrival in Auckland, we transfer to the Copthorne Hotel in Auckland City for dinner and overnight accommodation. (D) Tuesday 9th October Glenbrook Vintage Railway We travel from Auckland to the Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15 km trip back in time on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. There will be an opportunity to visit the restoration workshops and during the journey the train will stop for staged photographic run pasts. Lunch will be served on return to Glenbrook Station. We return to Auckland for a city tour travelling along the waterfront and visiting the spectacular Sky Tower. There will also be some free time to explore at leisure before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Wednesday 10th October Auckland – Hamilton – Rotorua Our special train will depart from Auckland’s Strand Station, hauled by steam locomotive No. Ja1275, and travel along the waterfront where

there are wonderful views of Waitemata Harbour. We enter the Waikato Region with its rolling grasslands and briefly travel alongside the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river. On arrival at Hamilton Railway Station, we join a road coach for the journey through the magnificent countryside to Longlands Dairy Farm. Here, in a beautiful setting, a delicious home cooked lunch will be served by a rural New Zealand family. We continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua where overnight accommodation is in superior rooms at the Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua for two nights. (B L D) Thursday 11th October Rotorua Today begins with a Gondola ride to Cableway Restaurant on the side of Mount Ngongotaha. Here a buffet breakfast will be served amidst the spectacular panoramic views of Lake Rotorua and the surrounding area. Afterwards, we travel to the Agrodome for a show with performing sheep, a sheep-shearing display, and sheep dog trials. In the afternoon there will be some free time before we travel to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers for which Rotorua is famous. In the evening we experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and concert. Dinner is at a restaurant and overnight accommodation at our hotel in Rotorua. (B D) World Tours - Mainline Steam in New Zealand

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Friday 12th October Rotorua – Te Kuiti – Tongariro National Park This morning, we travel by road to Te Kuiti where we join our special steam train. The scenery changes from the rolling green hills to a more rugged bush clad landscape as we leave Te Kuiti and climb to the Poro-o-tarao Tunnel. From here we descend to the Ongarue River Valley and on a clear day it is possible to glimpse the snow covered Mount Ruapehu in the distance. We stop at Taumarunui for our steam locomotive to be serviced and there will be time to explore this small country town. We continue our journey, climbing into the volcanic centre of North Island, a climb that culminates in the ascent of the world famous Raurimu Spiral. From the top of the spiral the train skirts the edge of the Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes three active volcanoes. On arrival at National Park Station we transfer by road to the magnificent and historic Bayview Chateau Tongariro Hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. Located on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, this is old world grandeur at its best! (B D) Saturday 13th October National Park to Wellington We travel by road to join our special train at Ohakune for the journey to Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. We travel south and as


the train climbs up to Waiouru there are beautiful views of Mount Ruapehu. If the weather is kind the first photo stop of the day will feature Mount Ruapehu as a backdrop. Between Waiouru and Palmerston North the train climbs and descends through isolated and rugged country crossing some high viaducts and passing through a number of rural towns along the way. Approaching Wellington, the railway line is squeezed on to the Kapiti Coast and climbs over the hills giving fantastic sea views. The final few kilometres provide stunning views across the harbour to the city. On arrival at Wellington, we transfer to the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Sunday 14th October Wellington This morning, an extensive city tour will showcase the history and culture in New Zealand’s capital. The afternoon is free and a range of options are available including: a visit to Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum; a coach trip to Featherston to visit the Fell Museum which houses the last surviving Fell type locomotive; travel by local train to Plimmerton to visit the Mainline Steam Depot; or a ride on Wellington’s famous Cable Car to the Cable Car Museum. The evening is free to find a restaurant of your choice for dinner. (B) Monday 15th October Ferry to South Island This morning we board the ‘Interislander’ road and rail ferry for the dramatic voyage across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton on South Island. We then take a short journey by road to Blenheim where we visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre which has a superb display of aviation history. We check in to the Hotel Chateau Marlborough or Scenic Hotel Marlborough for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Tuesday 16th October Blenheim to Christchurch This morning we board our special steam train for the spectacular day-long journey to Christchurch. The route provides stunning views of the South Pacific Ocean and inland vistas of snow capped mountains. Along the Kaikoura Coast, the railway line is sandwiched between the sea and the cliffs and it is not uncommon to see seals sunning themselves on the rocks in this area. We stop beside the Pacific Ocean at Kaikoura Railway Station where our steam locomotive is serviced and we can walk on the beach to breathe in some fresh sea air. Christchurch is internationally famed as the ‘The Garden City’ and its well-established expansive parks and public gardens owe much to the planning and foresight of the city’s founding fathers. We have dinner and stay overnight at the Heartland Hotel Cotswold, which is surrounded by English gardens! (B D)

the Plains Vintage Railway. Here we see several historically important railway items including steam locomotive No. K 88 which will be at work. It was rescued from a river bed and restored to working order, a remarkable example of railway preservation. We shall enjoy a delightful morning tea with the locals before rejoining our steam train for the journey south. We stop at Timaru, where the steam locomotive is serviced, and continue to enjoy marvellous views of the coastline for much of the way to Dunedin. Here the city was founded by early Scottish settlers nearly 150 years ago. It is known as the “Edinburgh of the South” and has distinctive 19th and early 20th Century architecture. This evening’s dinner will include a Scottish performance complete with bagpipes, great food, a Haggis Ceremony and a gift. We stay overnight at the Scenic Hotel in Dunedin City. (B D) Thursday 18th October Dunedin Today we travel by road along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where we have a guided tour of this impressive 19th Century property, New Zealand’s only castle. We then visit the historic Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, a hidden valley of flora and fauna with panoramic views of Otago Harbour. After a delightful morning tea, we return to Dunedin and there will be some free time to explore the city. In the afternoon we travel on the Taieri Gorge Railway along the banks of the Taieri River, crossing a dozen viaducts, through numerous tunnels, and climbing along the Taieri Gorge through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. We return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station and transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Friday 19th October Dunedin to Te Anau Today we travel by road coach to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland, an area of outstanding natural beauty with fiords, deep lakes, some of the tallest waterfalls in the world, and dominated by the snow-capped Southern Alps. Here we have a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves and admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto. We return to Te Anau for dinner and overnight accommodation at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel. (B D)

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Saturday 20th October Milford Sound and Queenstown We travel by road coach from Te Anau to Milford Sound, passing through a remote area of enchanting unspoiled mountain landscapes within the Fiordland National Park. We board a launch for a cruise on this magnificent fjord which runs inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock faces. Lush rain forests cling precariously to these cliffs, while seals, penguins, and dolphins frequent the waters. We see the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak and enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we travel by road to Fairlight where we board the Kingston Flyer for a historic steam train trip to Kingston, situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Here we have a delightful dinner before taking the short ride by road to Queenstown, a town set in a breathtaking location on Lake Wakatipu with spectacular views of nearby mountains. We stay in lake view rooms at the Mercure Queenstown Resort for three nights. (B L D) Sunday 21st October TSS Earnslaw centenary celebrations Today is a key highlight of our tour as we spend the day cruising Lake Wakatipu on board the only remaining passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere. TSS Earnslaw is 100 years old and today’s High Country Station Cruise is part of a week’s centenary celebrations. We shall cruise past sheep stations at Walter Peak, Mount Nicholas, Elfin Bay, Greenstone and Kinloch and enjoy the 1900’s theme on board with entertainment, morning or afternoon tea and local historians to point out key facts of the vessel’s history. We disembark for 1½ hours at Glenorchy to explore the area and find lunch before returning to Queenstown at the end of a memorable day. Dinner is at our Resort Hotel. (B D)

Monday 22nd October Exploring Queenstown Today is a free day to explore Queenstown at leisure. Our Coach Captain and Tour Guide will be available to assist with the many options available which include: a scenic flight by helicopter or light aircraft (weather permitting) over the Southern Alps; a jet boat ride on the lake; taking the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for the best views; visiting a local winery or the historic goldmining village of Arrowtown; exploring the town and its shops. This evening is also free and there is a great choice of fine restaurants in town for dining out. We stay overnight at our Resort Hotel. (B) Tuesday 23rd October Queenstown – Lake Tekapo – Christchurch We travel by road coach from Queenstown to Christchurch passing through some magnificent scenery which includes spectacular mountain ranges with views of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. We pause en route at Lake Tekapo, with its brilliant turquoise water, and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the most photographed in New Zealand, with the bronze Sheep Dog Statue nearby. We arrive in Christchurch and check in to the Sudima Hotel, near Christchurch Airport, for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Wednesday 24th October Steam train to Arthurs Pass Another highlight of our tour is today’s steam train trip from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass over one of the most scenic sections of railway line in the world. Our train travels west across the Canterbury Plains and as it leaves Springfield it begins to climb into the heart of the Southern Alps, the rocky spine of the South Island. Before long we are surrounded by breathtaking scenery as we cross viaducts over turquoise rivers and twist through tunnels amongst soaring snow capped mountains. World Tours - Mainline Steam in New Zealand

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At Arthurs Pass the steam locomotive will be turned on a turntable and readied for the return to Christchurch. This evening we shall have a farewell dinner with our new found friends at the end of our memorable New Zealand Steam and Rail holiday. We stay overnight at the Sudima Hotel. (B D) Thursday 25th October Return to the UK After a relaxed breakfast we transfer to Christchurch Airport for our flight to the UK. (B) Friday 26th October Arrive UK Our flight arrives at London Heathrow in the morning. About the ‘Mainline Steam’ train. During the course of the tour we use our own train hauled by our steam locomotives. The carriages are air-conditioned with toilet facilities in each carriage. There is a buffet car on the train where light refreshments can be purchased throughout the course of the day. These include tea, coffee, soft drinks, sandwiches, salads, pies, etc. Due to the isolated areas through which we travel, we are unable to accept EFTPOS or credit card payments on the train. All purchases must be in cash.


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Eritrea Tuesday 9th October to Wednesday 17th October 2012 Eritrea is a country in East Africa, bordering the Red Sea, with a varied and contrasting landscape. The Eritrean Railway has recently enjoyed a steam renaissance. Most of the 950mm narrow gauge railway was closed and the rails removed in the 1970’s but much of it has been rebuilt and recently reopened. Six of the original Italian built narrow gauge steam locomotives have been restored, including some Mallet-type articulated locomotives. The line passes through spectacular scenery as it climbs from the Red Sea to the capital, Asmara, at over 7,500 feet above sea level. It has been dubbed the Darjeeling of Africa, but it climbs significantly higher than the Indian line. All of the Eritrean trains on this tour are chartered especially for us. We travel during a month when the weather is comfortable and through a country that is extremely friendly, not yet influenced by mass tourism. This tour also offers a three day extension to visit Cairo, including the Pyramids, and Alexandria. Tuesday 9th October Flight to Eritrea We leave London Heathrow at 14:00 for Cairo from where we take a flight to Asmara in Eritrea. We transfer direct to the Asmara Palace Hotel for a late check in. Wednesday 10th October Asmara tour Asmara is perched on the eastern edge of the country’s highland plateau and has been Eritrea’s capital since 1897. The country was colonised by the Italians, and was once the jewel in Italy’s East African Empire. Our city tour of Asmara includes the Catholic Cathedral, thought to be the finest example of its style outside of Italy; the neoclassical Governor’s Palace; the Romanesque Opera House; the city park; and the cemetery of tanks, full of scrap military metal! There will also be time to visit the city’s bustling market. (B L D) Thursday 11th October Ancient Massawa The Eritrean Railway was built to link the capital city with Massawa on the Red Sea Coast. Construction of the 950mm (3 ft 13/8 in) narrow gauge railway by the Italians commenced in 1888.

The railway suffered damage during World War II and was almost totally destroyed afterwards, during 30 years of civil unrest. The line between Asmara and Massawa has now been fully restored, with the last section of track finished in early 2003. The line has 29 stone bridges, two metal ones and 39 tunnels. Today, we travel by train from Asmara, on the edge of the Eritrean Highlands, down to Ghinda. Our ‘mixed’ train of passenger and freight vehicles will be hauled by a Mallet type steam locomotive. There will be opportunities to stop for photography along the way. We then travel by road coach from Ghinda to the coast at Massawa. Massawa is vitally important to Eritrea as it is the largest natural deep water port on the Red Sea. The city is located on two islands as well as the mainland. The island of Batse is an ancient Moorish centre and well worth a visit. The district of Taulud has a war memorial, cathedral, the Imperial Palace, and the old railway station. We have overnight accommodation at the recently refurbished Grand Dahlak Hotel in Massawa. (B L D)

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Friday 12th October Steam to Ghinda Our train today will be hauled by a large Mallet type steam locomotive for the long climb from sea level at Massawa, through gorges and across high slender viaducts, high up into the mountains to Ghinda. At Ghinda Station a Breda built 0-4-0T tank locomotive will be in steam for us and will work a short mixed train for our benefit. Our train locomotive will also make some photographic ‘run pasts’. We travel by road coach back to Asmara where we stay at the Palace Hotel for five nights. (B L D) Saturday 13th October Steam to Asmara After breakfast, we travel by road coach to Ghinda Station. Today, our train will be hauled by two Mallet type steam locomotives for the journey over the steepest and most spectacular section of the route between Ghinda and Asmara. This is the final section of the line to have been re-opened on this once dilapidated railway. It climbs steeply as it twists and turns, passing over bridges and through tunnels. There will be opportunities for several photographic ‘run pasts’ on this impressive line. (B L D)


Sunday 14th October Visit Keren Today, we visit the ancient, and predominately Muslim, city of Keren, the second largest city in Eritrea. The journey there takes us through some magnificent scenery as we pass through the mountains. Keren is overlooked by the Tigu, a 19th Century Egyptian fortress, from where there are good views of the city and surroundings. The city has some excellent examples of Italian and Ethiopian architecture. The ruins of the old Imperial Palace, destroyed in 1977, are located at the base of the Tigu. As an alternative to this outing, it is possible to spend the day exploring Asmara or relaxing by the hotel swimming pool. (B L D) Monday 15th October Steam in the mountains We begin the day with a visit to the locomotive depot and workshops at Asmara. One of the little Breda-built steam tank locomotives should be available for shunting and light duties. We shall have lunch at a restaurant in Asmara and then join our chartered train which will be hauled by a Mallet type steam locomotive. We shall travel as far as Arbaroba, maybe further, after which the Mallet locomotive runs round our train for the return journey. As our train climbs back up towards Asmara, the afternoon sunlight should give us spectacular photographic opportunities against a mountain backdrop. We hope to use our road coach to follow the train, and this will allow us to photograph the moving train as it grinds its way through the panoramic scenery. (B L D) Tuesday 16th October The Fiat railcar The Eritrean Railway is one of the few railway systems still in existence (excluding tourist railways) that uses vintage equipment like the 1930’s Italian Fiat-built ‘Littorina’ railcars. Today, we have the opportunity to travel by ‘Littorina’ from Asmara to Nefesit. There will also be a steam train available for those who prefer to make the journey by this means. We return to Asmara by the steam train. There will be plenty of opportunities for photography of the trains and the spectacular scenery during these journeys. (B L D)

Cairo Extension Wednesday 17th October Exploring Cairo From Cairo Airport we transfer to the Cairo Sheraton Hotel, located on the River Nile, where we stay for three nights. We take a local tram through the streets of Cairo to the railway station, which also houses the Egyptian Railway Museum. After lunch in the city, our private coach will take us to the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar for some shopping. We return to our hotel for dinner. (B L D) Thursday 18th October The Pyramids We have arranged a private tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and their steadfast and enigmatic guardian, the Sphinx. After lunch we tour the Egyptian Museum to see the golden treasures of Tutankhamun and other amazing exhibits of ancient Egypt. We have dinner at our hotel. (B L D) Friday 19th October Alexandria After breakfast, we transfer to Cairo’s main railway station for a mid-morning express train to Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city and its major seaport. The journey takes just over two hours, in surprisingly comfortable trains. We shall have lunch in Alexandria and then take a journey on the city’s old trams, where the fares are less than 3p a trip! We return to Cairo for a cruise on the River Nile with dinner and an Egyptian show which includes belly dancing. (B L D) Saturday 20th October Return to UK We transfer to Cairo airport for our return flight to London Heathrow.

Tour Summary Price per person Single supplement

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The Old Patagonian Express Thursday 8th November to Sunday 25th November 2012 This fantastic tour begins in the exciting city of Buenos Aires and takes in both Argentina and Chile. The highlight of the tour is travelling on the Old Patagonian Express, now operating the full length of the line from Ingeniero Jacobacci through the wilderness to Esquel, deep in Patagonia. The famous Lake Crossing takes us through the Andes from Argentina into Chile, cruising across bewitching lakes, past giant mountains, high waterfalls, active volcanoes and magnificent glaciers. In Chile, we travel on a special steam charter train from Valdivia to Temuco, eventually arriving in the beautiful city of Santiago. We spend a wonderful day sampling the local wine on the ‘Wine Train’. Not to be missed! Thursday 8th November Fly to Buenos Aires We take an evening scheduled flight from London to Buenos Aires. Friday 9th November See Buenos Aires We have an early afternoon arrival in Buenos Aires where we transfer to the El Conquistador Hotel for three night’s accommodation. Later in the afternoon we take a city tour which includes a vintage tram ride. (D) Saturday 10th November Special steam charter train We board the Tren Historico, hauled by a British built 0-6-0 steam locomotive, at San Miguel Station, and travel to Capilla del Senor, a Gaucho town in the Pampas. A superb barbecue will be provided for us on arrival, with folk dancing and music. We return to Buenos Aires by our special train, for dinner. (B L D) Sunday 11th November Visit Escalda Depot After breakfast we visit the Ferro Club Steam Depot in Escalda where all available locomotives will be in steam. We stop for a tasty lunch at the Ferro Club and later return to Buenos Aires for

dinner, a thrilling tango show, and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Monday 12th November Charter sleeping car train to Patagonia After breakfast in our hotel we take an internal flight to Viedma. We join our specially chartered sleeping car train to Ingeniero Jacobacci. Dinner will be served in the restaurant car on the train. (B L D) Tuesday 13th November The Old Patagonian Express After breakfast in the restaurant car on the train, we continue our journey on the Old Patagonian Express from Ingeniero Jacobacci. At around 07:30 our train, hauled by a narrow gauge Mikado locomotive, will steam out into the Patagonian wilderness of moors, mountains and forests. Despite its narrow gauge, the train includes a restaurant car where we shall be served coffee, tea, light refreshments and lunch. We shall see for ourselves how difficult this country is for railways as we experience an exhilarating ride, battling against the force of gravity up though the mountains. After several photo opportunities en route, we are due to arrive at El Maiten by 16:00 from where we transfer by road coach to El Bolson and our 3-star hotel. (B L D) World Tours - The Old Patagonian Express

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Wednesday 14th November La Trochita to Esquel After breakfast, we transfer to El Maiten Station and board the Old Patagonian Express again. Refreshed with hot coffee and snacks we set off for Esquel on La Trochita, a local phrase meaning ‘The Little Train’. This is a wild and remote line which is still totally steam operated. Our ride will be extremely exciting as the train tackles severe gradients through the mountains with the high Andes always in sight. Lunch is served on board the train and we are due to arrive in Esquel at around 17:00. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Thursday 15th November Steam Esquel to El Maiten Today there are two choices. The first option is to transfer to Esquel Station where La Trochita waits for us. We travel steam-hauled to El Maiten, with two locomotives to Nahuel Pan, calling at Lepá en route for a barbecue lunch beside the line. The second option includes a morning tour of the Esquel area visiting some early settlements where, unusually, only Welsh and Spanish are spoken! Later we rejoin the rest of the group for the barbecue at Lepá and the train journey to El Maiten. There will be time to visit the locomotive depot at El Maiten before departing by road


coach to San Carlos de Bariloche. Here we stay for two nights in a 4-star hotel, with dinner provided each evening. (B L D) Friday 16th November Arrayanes Forest Park We travel by road coach to Puerto Villa Angostura and from there we visit the Arrayanes Forest National Park, with a boat trip included. We return to San Carlos de Bariloche for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Saturday 17th November Argentinean lake crossing Leaving early by coach for the lake (our luggage being taken separately), we board our vessel to begin the famous Argentinean Lake crossing to Puerto Montt in Chile. We cruise three beautiful lakes, interspersed with short road journeys on unmarked roads. We pass active volcanoes, spectacular glaciers, and majestic mountains always covered in snow. This must be one of the top five scenic journeys in the world! On arrival in Puerto Montt, we check in to our 3-star hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Sunday 18th November Steam train from Valdivia to Antilhue “Wine Train” Today, we have a scenic ride by road coach to Valdivia. Here we join our special steam hauled train, with traditional balcony end coaches, hauled by a Beyer Peacock built 2-6-0 locomotive.

We travel to Antilhue and back. A three course lunch will be served, and there is wine tasting, during the journey. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at the pleasant Mellilanca Hotel in Valdivia. (B L D) Monday 19th November “Tren de la Araucania” to Temuco Our special steam train awaits us at Antilhue. It is hauled by a powerful Baldwin designed (1953) 4-8-2 steam locomotive with special 1930 Linke Hoffman carriages and an Argentinean Fiat dining car, in which lunch is served. During the journey, a number of stops will be made, in the glorious scenery, for photography and photo run-pasts. All too soon our steam journey of over one hundred miles comes to an end as we arrive in Temuco. We visit the railway museum which is located in an old roundhouse, and contains a collection of twenty locomotives, mainly steam. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at the Holiday Inn. (B L D)

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Tuesday 20th November Steam to Cillian After breakfast we go to Temuco Station to join our train which will again be formed of the 1930’s Linke Hoffman carriages and an Argentinean Fiat Dining Car. We depart northwards towards Chillian hauled by a Beyer Peacock designed (but Chilean built) 2-6-0 steam locomotive. During the journey we cross the highest Viaduct in Chile. We travel by road coach from Chillian to Santa Cruz in the Colchagua Valley, deep in Chile’s wine growing area. We have wine tasting and dinner in a very attractive 4 star hotel in Santa Cruz. (B L D)

Friday 23rd November Railway museum In the morning we visit Quinta National Railway Museum’s impressive collection of steam locomotives. We then transfer by road coach to the historic city of Valparaiso for lunch, a city tour, and travel on two of the many funicular railways there. We return to Santiago by road coach for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

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Booking Conditions THE ATTRACTION OF TRAINS By their very nature, trains, especially steam hauled trains, attract enthusiasts. Our tours will always include a number of photographic opportunities in the form of false starts and run pasts where this is practical and possible. Where possible, we also arrange locomotive footplate rides, museum and depot visits. Many of our customers do not have the same exclusive interest in trains shown by some enthusiasts; therefore, we keep in mind the need to diversify our tour programmes. We do this by including visits to castles and historic houses, and to wildlife parks, using accommodation in resort style hotels, and providing free time for shopping and exploring. Nevertheless the main attraction and therefore the emphasis of our tours is travel by train which includes the nostalgia, the companionship on board, and the passing scenery. We consider that those travelling on our tours will see more scenery and in greater comfort than by road coach or cruise liner. SCHEDULES AND SERVICES We arrange and advertise tours in good faith. Many scheduled railway organisations - train operators and track operators - only work two months ahead and therefore cannot confirm final schedules to us until that ‘window’. Likewise we cannot confirm and advise final numbers for a tour until full balances have been received from tour customers. Tours may be subject to occasional rescheduling or re-routing. The nature of steam trains is that breakdowns, delays and substitutions have to be accepted. Every genuine effort will be made to ensure that each of our tours runs as planned and advertised, or as close to it as possible. FIRE RISK In many countries at times of exceptionally dry weather, coal fired steam locomotives may be banned from operating and diesel or electric traction may have to be substituted. Oil fired steam locomotives however are normally still allowed to operate. The Railway Touring Company cannot accept any responsibility for steam bans during times of high fire risk. SEAT RESERVATIONS AND OVERNIGHT TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS On some trains seat reservations are by individual seats, on others by block booking or complete carriage. Since the railways concerned make the allocations, we have to accept and be flexible about the seating arrangements. Where overnight travel is necessary we will arrange either to stay in a convenient hotel en route, to use one of the newer ‘hotel trains’, or to book Standard Class twin berth sleeper car trains (First Class is often single berth). These decisions are made on the basis of the length of the journey, the range of scenery likely to be missed by overnight travel, and the accommodation options available. PORTERAGE Some tours include porterage between stations and hotels; some include full luggage transfers between hotels, using either a supplementary road coach or scheduled ‘luggage in advance’ facilities. Porterage, where advertised, is included in the cost. However, there will be occasions when porters are not available or included and it will be each customer’s responsibility to handle their own luggage. ACCOMMODATION We aim to use 4-star designated hotels throughout our tours as this offers us the standards of hospitality, catering and service that we would wish for our customers. We also seek out establishments which are either conveniently located for the railways in order to minimize transfers, or which afford some unique character. Where we cannot meet either of these criteria we ensure the best and most comfortable accommodation available. FOOD AND DRINK Meals will be taken on trains, boats, planes, in hotels and restaurants and even al fresco, picnic or packed! Mindful of the diversity of our customer’s tastes we try to adopt a ‘middle of the road’ approach when choosing menus. We must also accept the limitations of on-board catering and marvel at the success that chefs regularly achieve in the confines of train kitchens. Hotel and restaurant meals are usually a set menu, with options for special dietary needs. If customers have any special dietary requirements they must please ensure that they let us know them at the time of booking. In this way we can make the necessary arrangements for customers with special requirements. Some of our tours include alcoholic and soft drinks and coffee, in which case this is clearly stated in tour information. Otherwise customers are responsible for their own refreshments. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND HEALTH ISSUES Customers are responsible for holding the necessary and appropriate travel documentation for their journey. For tours outside the UK, customers must ensure that there is at least six months validity remaining on their passports. We assume our customers are British Citizens whose passport shows they have a right to reside in the UK. If a customer has a passport of another country or state, or one that indicates restrictions on return to their country of origin, then they must please contact us prior to booking and well in advance of intended use. At the time of the publication of this brochure in November 2011, UK Citizens require visas/permits for the following tour destinations: (£ indicates anticipated cost to individual applicants) INDIA - £45 ERITREA - £35 EGYPT - £20 SYRIA - £45

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We will advise customers of the requirements and processing arrangements for booking these tours. Where appropriate and possible we will arrange to handle and secure group visas. This is only possible if individual tour customers can make available their passports to give sufficient time for them to be delivered, processed and returned as part of the group application. If customers need their passport in the eight to ten weeks prior to the tour then they will need to consider making an individual visa application. Where tour bookings are made late, customers should make enquiries to ensure that they can complete the formalities in time. Health advice is dependent upon the destination, medical history and current health of each customer participating in a tour and we cannot assume any responsibility. Customers MUST seek advice from their GP or a travel medical centre. PRETOUR and TRAVEL DOCUMENTS We will send out information to tour customers for visa and general planning purposes when appropriate, usually at the ‘balance due’ time. If there is nothing significant to communicate then we will simply acknowledge that the customer’s balance of payment has been received. We prepare and send a booklet of information to tour customers for all tours. This includes a passenger list with first or ‘known as’ names, where advised, (check on an old acquaintance, aide-memoir for names during the tour); the latest known itinerary with as much detail as necessary (including meal times/locations); emergency and general contact details; and usually some general and specific information about features of the tour programme. This is intentionally a small part of the information available and tour customers are advised to research and obtain detailed reference material, maps, schedules etc. appropriate to their particular interests. Air travel tickets are usually sent to us for onward despatch less than two weeks before travel - please don’t panic! Rail tickets are often group travel documents held by the Tour Manager. In this case tour customers will be provided with joining instructions, which please observe since the party cannot progress until all members are present. Tickets, vouchers and coupons for onward travel during a tour, are usually held and distributed by the Tour Manager. TRAVEL INSURANCE Many customers arrange their own travel insurance. THE RAILWAY TOURING COMPANY cannot assume any responsibility relating to travel insurance issues and customers should ensure that they are familiar with procedures should an incident occur. This is especially important with medical cover since we do not undertake to obtain medical attention, but to hand over the customer to an appropriate and suitable authority. INFIRMITY AND DISABILITY Tour managers are responsible for the general care and well-being of the whole group and are neither available, nor trained or insured for individual ‘personal’ care. Each tour, by way of the trains and terrain being visited, presents its own opportunities and restrictions. Customers should ascertain the suitability of the itinerary and facilities available relevant to their own needs. We shall be pleased to discuss customers concerns with them before they commit to a booking. We will attempt to accommodate and resolve any needs or problems caused by undisclosed mobility/dietary/general health issues but cannot accept responsibilities beyond those stated above. We would especially draw customer’s attention to the tours that visit high-altitude locations and the resulting possibility of cardiovascular and respiratory problems. CONFIDENTIALITY, PRIVACY AND MAILING LISTS Customer’s names and addresses have been obtained as a result of their response to advertisements, having been a previous customer or enquirer, or a referral from some other party. We do not share these details with anyone outside Warren Travel Ltd trading as The Railway Touring Company or The Railway Touring Company Ltd. Customer’s personal details such as credit card numbers, travel arrangements, companions etc. will only be kept to be used within the requirements of tour operating. We are registered under the Data Protection Act. If one customer wishes to communicate with another customer, then please forward the stamped envelope/ package to us. We will add the address and post on the mail. We will not divulge any addresses or telephone numbers. FINANCIAL PROTECTION We are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority and hold ATOL Number T7149. This ensures that in the event of the failure of our Company, customer’s money will be protected. If customers are on holiday at the time of Company failure, arrangements will be made for them to complete their holiday and return home. The flights we provide are supplied by other ATOL holders and are protected by their bonds. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. PAYMENTS FOR FLIGHTS The payments that customers make for their flights are held by us in our trust account, on behalf of the ATOL holder who is supplying the flight, until the date that we pass the money to that ATOL holder. The ATOL holder supplying the flight will issue an ATOL confirmation invoice to confirm their contract with the customer. We will forward this to the customer no later than the day after we have received it.


Booking Information Status The Railway Touring Company is a direct sell tour operator and retail travel agent. All parts of a customer’s holiday are covered by our TTA membership (number T726X), and the air travel for all of our customer’s holidays is covered by our ATOL membership (number T7149). Warren Travel Ltd, trading as The Railway Touring Company, acts as a booking agent for the service providers whose terms and conditions of booking and carriage apply to our tours. Copies of these terms and conditions will be obtained from the relevant service providers and forwarded to customers on request. Tours will be confirmed and take place subject to minimum and maximum numbers booking. Railway components of a tour are provided subject to the serviceability of motive power and stock, and the operating conditions prevailing at the time of the tour. In the event of a failure to operate services as advertised then ‘best’ alternatives will be provided. Programme and Prices Details of each tour programme and its cost are published in our tour brochure, in leaflets, by correspondence, or by amendments notified to customers. Customers are required to acknowledge their acceptance of this information. Payments All tour bookings should be accompanied by payment of a deposit per person as follows: £100 for travel in the UK £150 for travel within Europe £350 for travel beyond Europe A confirmation of booking will be sent to customers which includes a statement of their account and a balance due date. The balance of payment is required in time for us to pay our suppliers, usually ten weeks before travel. There are occasions when we are required to pay for group tickets earlier than this and the balance due date will reflect this. During the period of time that we are establishing a viable tour group, deposits are fully refundable. Once we have confirmed the operation of a tour then deposits are not refundable. Fidelity Insurance It is a requirement that all tour bookings be covered by Fidelity Insurance. This is a financial protection insurance which protects the customer’s money until the tour takes place. The cost of this insurance is included in the tour price. Credit Cards We make no charge on deposits paid by credit card. However full balances paid by credit card will be subject to a 2.1% charge. We are charged this percentage by the credit card companies and due to the ever increasing use of credit cards we are no longer able to absorb this cost. There are no charges for payments made by debit card, cash, bank transfer or cheque. Customer Cancellation We have the following customer cancellation policy for all of our tours: Cancellation prior to 12 weeks before tour departure – loss of deposit Cancellation between 8-12 weeks prior to tour departure – 25% refund of tour cost Cancellation less than 8 weeks prior to tour departure – no refund Passports, Visas and Health Customers are responsible for ensuring that they have the correct travel documentation for tours, and this includes passports, visas and health certificates. We are willing to give advice on passport and visa requirements but customers should seek professional guidance on medical matters. We shall obtain guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and tourist board where a security risk exists or arises in respect of a tour destination. This information will then be passed on to tour customers. Prices Prices are determined against known exchange rates, fuel costs and tax regimes prevailing at 14th October 2011. The exchange rates used for prices quoted in this brochure are as follows: £1 = 1.14 Euros £1 = 1.57 US$ £1 = 8.87 Norwegian Krone £1 = 1.41 Swiss Francs £1 = 120.63 Japanese Yen In the event of significant changes we must reserve the right to amend prices. A NO SMOKING policy will be pursued where we have the control or influence over the service that we are providing on our tour.

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Pre-Tour and Post-Tour Arrangements and Travel Insurance Pre-Tour and Post-Tour UK Hotels and Holiday Parking We are able to arrange customer’s pre-tour and post-tour hotel accommodation, car parking, coach and train travel, and connecting flights. Customers may wish to consider staying overnight before and/or after travel on one of our tours. A night in a conveniently located hotel before departure or after return can mean that the customer begins or ends the tour more rested and relaxed. It may also avoid the frustrations and anxieties of early morning and late evening travel. Pre-booked car parking can also be arranged for customers. Examples: Airport Hotels with Holiday Parking • Gatwick from £79 per room • Heathrow from £102 per room • Manchester from £70 per room Secured Airport Parking • Gatwick from £6.75 per day • Heathrow from £8.80 per day • Birmingham from £6.50 per day Travel by road coach from and to the customer’s local town together with overnight hotel accommodation can be arranged. Prices are available on request. Rail tickets from and to the customer’s home railway station to the tour departure point can only be booked where two or more passengers are travelling together. Prices are available on request. The prices quoted above are correct at 14th October 2011. Please telephone for details or indicate your requirements on the booking form. UK Connecting Flights We are willing to make enquiries and, where possible, arrange connecting flights from the customer’s local airport to the main tour departure point. Prices are available on request. Travel Insurance Due to changes in the travel insurance regulations we are no longer able to sell travel insurance direct to our customers. We can however recommend and send to customers details of travel insurance through Holiday Extras, in conjunction with the Travel Trust Association. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to receive details of this insurance.

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Railtour Reservation Form Title...................... Forename...................................................................... Surname.................................................................... DOB*.................. Title...................... Forename...................................................................... Surname.................................................................... DOB*.................. *DOB = Date of Birth

Please ensure your names are as they appear in your passport Address of first named........................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................... Phone.................................................................. Please reserve the (tour title)................................................................................................................................................................................. Indicate your requirements/preferences: Twin bedded room

Double bedded room

Single room(s)

(Tick)

Where options are available for the tour (ie choice of travel) please clearly state your choice(s) ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Please also specify any dietary or health related requirements ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... The deposit is £350 per person outside Europe, £150 per person within Europe and £100 per person for UK tours, plus insurance, if required. The balance/full fare is due 10 weeks before travel; dates will be advised on your confirmation. As stated in our Booking Agreement a Fidelity Policy will be added at the time of booking. I enclose a cheque (payable to THE RAILWAY TOURING COMPANY CLIENT ACCOUNT) Please charge my credit or debit card for: £..................................... deposit

full fare

(Tick)

Card Number........................................................................................................................ Expires.................................................................................................................................. Start Date............................................................................................................................. Please accept my booking on the terms and conditions as stated in the RTC Great Railway Adventures 2012 brochure Please sign and date.............................................................................................................................................................................................. Please send this form to: THE RAILWAY TOURING COMPANY, 14A TUESDAY MARKET PLACE, KING’S LYNN, NORFOLK, PE30 1JN Phone: 01553 661500 • Fax: 01553 661800 • E-mail: enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk • Website: www.railwaytouring.net

Visit our website for online booking - railwaytouring.net

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The Railway Touring Company 14a Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JN Phone: 01553 661500 – Fax: 01553 661800 Web: www.railwaytouring.net – E-mail: enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk Design and Artwork - LucidSynergy Ltd - www.lucidsynergy.com

Great Railway Adventures 2012  

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