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The Railway Touring Co. UK Day Trips and Tours 2014

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Welcome to our 2014 ‘UK Day Trips and Rail Tours’ brochure which provides a programme of superb outings by steam train. We recreate travel by train from a bygone era and invite you to share in this nostalgic experience. We specialise in arranging journeys with unusual itineraries as well as regular trips to popular destinations over exceptionally scenic routes and to the seaside. Please take a look at what is on offer. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Nigel Dobbing. Travel by Steam Train Our ‘UK Day Trips and Rail Tours’ almost exclusively make use of specially chartered trains hauled by steam locomotives. The trains offer a choice of types of seating to suit your particular requirements. Each passenger is allocated their own reserved seat ensuring that travel on these special trains is a relaxing experience providing the perfect escape from all the hustle and bustle of modern day life. All of the seats on our trains line up with the carriage windows, unlike many modern trains, and thus provide the maximum viewing area to add to the enjoyment of your journey. The Railway Touring Company also offers a programme of tours, using steam hauled chartered trains wherever possible, in many other countries of the world. These tours can take a few days or last for up to two weeks, with overnight accommodation provided in good quality hotels. Please visit our website (www.railwaytouring.net) for further details and to request a ‘Great Railway Adventures 2014’ brochure, or if you prefer contact us by telephone on 01553 661500. Premier Dining Class Premier Dining Class on our trains is a luxury experience providing a meals service at tables with spacious comfortable seating. Onboard chefs prepare fresh food for all of your meals for the day and it is professionally silver served to your table. The menu may vary according to the time and length of journey but usually includes a traditional full English breakfast, soon after you board the train, and a four course dinner on the return journey. Additionally, on some trips a light lunch is also provided before you arrive at your destination. Any special dietary requirements can be accommodated providing we are notified in advance. A fully licensed bar service is always available. The dress code is smart casual, as we like our passengers to be relaxed and travel in comfort. Tables are available for four or two in Premier Dining Class. Our tables for two are the ideal choice for an unusual and memorable celebration, for a special occasion like a wedding anniversary or birthday. Tables for two, where both passengers have window seats, can be guaranteed for an additional charge of £22.00 per person, subject to availability. Premier Dining Class is available up to and including any pick up station before 10:30. First Class First Class accommodation on our trains is provided at tables for four or for two in deep cushioned armchairs with plenty of room. Tables for two, where both passengers have window seats, can be guaranteed for an additional charge of £22.00 per person, subject to availability. First class usually includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry, and afternoon cream tea when scones with jam and cream and a selection of finger sandwiches will be served. Standard Class Standard Class seats on our trains are arranged in groups of four, usually around a table. All seats are reserved. Passengers in First and Standard classes regularly bring hampers and picnics. Booking Arrangements Passengers can book their tickets online by visiting our website www.railwaytouring.net or by downloading a booking form which can be printed and sent by post to:- The Railway Touring Company, 14A Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1JN A completed booking form can also be sent to us by fax on 01553 661800. Passengers can also book by telephone during office hours on 01553 661500. Office hours are Monday to Friday: 08:45 to 17:00 and Saturday: 09:00 to 16:00. We accept most major credit and debit cards. When posting a booking form please enclose the full payment by cheque or postal order made payable to The Railway Touring Company, and, quoting your name, address, telephone number, choice of train, the number of seats you require, class and joining station. We regret that seats cannot be reserved unless full payment is received. Acknowledgements and Tickets Bookings made by telephone will be verbally acknowledged at the time of booking and a written confirmation sent within 7 days. Tickets and travel information will usually be despatched at least 5 days before the date of travel. However, this information and the tickets cannot be sent until the departure times are confirmed by the train operator which may be at shorter notice. Please pay particular attention to the departure and arrival times sent with your tickets as these may vary from the approximate timings given in this brochure.

Junior Tickets Junior Tickets are available for children who are 15 years old and under. Children 3 years old and under may travel free if they do not occupy a seat. If they do require a seat then the junior ticket price applies. Family Tickets Family tickets are available for 2 adults & 2 juniors (aged 15 and under). Standard Conditions of Booking and Travel Every effort will be made to ensure that the locomotive, rolling stock, route and timings which are hired in from third parties, will run as advertised. However, the organisers reserve the right to alter these details at any time and shall not incur any liability to any person who has bought, or contracted to buy a ticket or tickets, as a result of any such changes. All reasonable efforts, within the control of the organisers, will be made to ensure that on the day of the trip, the train runs as planned. However, we cannot accept any responsibility for delays, mishaps, alterations or curtailment of the tour from situations outside of our control. There may be occasional re-scheduling or re-routing of a train. The nature of steam trains is that breakdowns, delays and substitutions have to be accepted. Every genuine effort will be made to ensure that the tour runs as planned and advertised, or as close to it as possible. The organisers cannot accept responsibility for the options under the control of third parties and are only responsible for returning passengers to their joining stations. Your booking is taken as constituting acceptance of these conditions. No refund is available, other than due to cancellation by the organisers.

Gift Vouchers We are pleased to offer gift vouchers which can be used against any of our future trips. N.B. – All timings shown in this brochure are approximate and subject to change. Front cover image: Derek Phillips


UK Day Trips and Tours – 2014

Tours The Great Britain VII

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The Western Isles

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The Cock O’the North

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Snowdonia and the Northern Fells

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The West Highlander Steam Express

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The Summer Highlander

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Day Trips The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express

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The Cumbrian Coast Express

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The Esk Valley

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The Cumbrian Mountain Express

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The Peak Forester

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The East Riding

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The Wansbeck

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The Royal Wessex

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The Central Wales Explorer

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The Coast to Coast Express

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The Atlantic Coast Express

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The Dorset Coast Express

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The Heart of Wales

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The Cumbrian Mountain Express

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The Cumbrian Coast Express

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The Weymouth Seaside Express

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The Dartmouth Express

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The Waverley

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The Hadrian

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The Scarborough Flyer

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The Tin Bath

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The Cumbrian Mountain Express

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The Welsh Borders

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The North Wales Coast Express

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The West Somerset Explorer

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The Welsh Mountaineer

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The Cheshireman

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The North Wales Coast Express

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The Southern Irishman

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The Cumbrian Mountain Express

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The Royal Duchy

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The Pembroke Coast Express

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The Swanage Belle

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The Scottish Lowlander

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The Valleys Explorer

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The Wizards Express

Reservation and Booking Forms Tour Reservation Form

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Day Trips Booking 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

The holiday tours in this brochure are covered by the terms and conditions in our Great Railway Adventures 2014 brochure and are available on request. 3


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The Great Britain VII Saturday 26th April to Sunday 4th May 2014 The extremely successful Great Britain rail tour enters its seventh year with another interesting and varied itinerary covering high profile main lines as well as highly scenic routes. The steam-hauled tour begins at London Victoria and on day one takes the Southern main line to Exeter and then the Great Western main line along the sea wall at Dawlish, over Saltash Bridge, and on to Falmouth. Other features of this tour include ‘double-headed’ trains, travelling the Welsh Marches and the Cumbrian Coast lines, crossing the Forth Railway Bridge, and travelling the Great North of Scotland Line. Our train will divide in Scotland, thus operating two trains around Scotland at the same time. Passengers change from one train to the other by travelling across the beautiful Isle of Skye. This allows all passengers to experience the spectacular Mallaig & Kyle of Lochalsh routes. There is the option of a day sightseeing in Edinburgh or a trip to Stranraer and back with two ‘Black 5’ steam locomotives. Saturday 26th April Bulleid ‘Pacifics’ to Exeter; a ‘Castle’ and a ‘Hall’ to Truro We steam out of London Victoria at around 09:00 hauled by West Country class ‘Pacific’ No. 34046 “Braunton”. We call to pick up further passengers at Staines, Woking, Basingstoke and Salisbury. At Salisbury Battle of Britain class ‘Pacific’ No. 34067 “Tangmere” will be attached to our train and we depart ‘double-headed’ for Exeter. We continue westwards through Templecombe and Chard Junction to Exeter St. Davids. Here our train reverses direction of travel and we shall be ‘double-headed’ by the ex-Great Western Railway (GWR) duo of No. 5029 “Nunney Castle” and No. 4936 “Kinlet Hall”. We follow the Exe Estuary and then run beside the sea wall from Dawlish to Teignmouth, one of the most superb stretches of railway line in Britain. It is an exhilarating experience to travel along this route through tunnels and rock cuttings right at the edge of the sea. After Newton Abbot, there are 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, and then it is the climb up Rattery Bank before the descent to Plymouth.

After leaving Plymouth we cross the River Tamar on Brunel’s masterpiece, The Royal Albert Bridge, and enter Cornwall. Our train continues through the wonderful Cornish countryside crossing numerous viaducts en route to Truro. From Truro Station we transfer by road coach to our hotels in Falmouth. Sunday 27th April Over the South Devon banks to Bristol with a ‘Hall’ and a ‘Castle’; through the Severn Tunnel to South Wales We leave Falmouth early in the morning hauled by No. 5029 “Nunney Castle” and No. 4936 “Kinlet Hall”. We join the main line west of Truro and should then enjoy some spirited running through the splendid Cornish countryside. We cross Brunel’s Saltash Bridge before arriving at Plymouth. Leaving Plymouth our two steam locomotives demonstrate their true power as they tackle the long steep climbs of Hemerdon and Dainton banks. After Exeter the climb to Whiteball will be followed by a fast run from Taunton to Bristol across the Somerset Levels. At Bristol ‘Battle of Britain’ class No. 34067 “Tangmere” replaces the two ex-GWR steam locomotives for the run to Cardiff.

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The route is through the Severn Tunnel and along the South Wales main line to Cardiff. Overnight accommodation is in Cardiff. Monday 28th April A ‘Britannia’ on the Welsh Marches route & West Coast Main Line We leave Cardiff hauled by ‘Britannia’ class 4-6-2 No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell”. We pass through Newport before joining the scenic Welsh Marches route along the Welsh/English border. Our steam locomotive will be working hard as we climb through Pontypool and Abergavenny to Llanvihangel Summit. We stop at Hereford for our locomotive to take on water before continuing to Leominster, Ludlow and Shrewsbury. We follow the Shrewsbury to Chester Line through Gobowen, Ruabon and Wrexham. Soon we cross the River Dee and the city walls of Chester come into view. We leave Chester and travel north-eastwards towards Manchester stopping at Frodsham for our steam locomotive to take on water. We join the West Coast Main Line (WCML) at Acton Grange Junction just before Warrington and can expect to speed along through Wigan to Preston. We continue north to Lancaster and Carnforth, where we take the former Furness Railway Line along the north shore of Morecambe Bay.


Our destination is the picturesque seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands in the South Lakeland District of Cumbria. We transfer to a selection of hotels, many close to Windermere. Tuesday 29th April A ‘Jubilee’ duo round the Cumbrian Coast and over Beattock summit to Edinburgh We transfer by road coach to Grange-over-Sands Station where we rejoin our train ‘double-headed’ by two ex-London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR) ‘Jubilee’ class locomotives 45699 “Galatea” and 45690 “Leander”. Our route today is along the highly scenic Cumbrian Coast line with views to the west of the Irish Sea and to the east of the Cumbrian Fells. We begin by travelling westwards towards Barrow-in-Furness before heading northwards through Ravenglass, St. Bees, Whitehaven, right beside the sea to Workington, Maryport and Carlisle. We have a break at the Border city of Carlisle while our steam locomotives are serviced. We leave Carlisle heading north along the WCML, crossing the border into Scotland at Gretna, and after Lockerbie begin the great climb to Beattock Summit, the highest point on the WCML north of the border. We descend to Carstairs where we leave the Glasgow line, then tackle the shorter gradient to Cobbinshaw en route to Edinburgh Waverley. We transfer to hotels in Edinburgh for two nights accommodation. Wednesday 30th April Free day in Edinburgh or optional trip to Stranraer steam hauled by two ‘Black 5’s’ Breakfast at the hotels is included today. Free day in Edinburgh Those choosing to explore the Scottish capital may wish to visit the Old Town which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of the famous sites are in this area which runs along the Royal Mile from the world famous Castle to Holyrood Palace. It also includes St. Giles Cathedral, Greyfriars Kirkyard, The Grassmarket area, and the Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh’s historic centre is bisected by Princes Street Gardens, a broad swathe of parkland in the heart of the city with the Sir Walter Scott monument nearby.

To the north lies Princes Street, Edinburgh’s main shopping boulevard, and the Georgian period New Town. There are four different routes around the city operated by sightseeing buses which all start and finish at Waverley Bridge, adjacent to Waverley Station. A sightseeing ticket is valid for 24 hours so can be used for getting around central Edinburgh. The Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed at the Ocean Terminal in Leith and has been voted one of Edinburgh’s best new attractions. Britannia offers visitors the chance to tour the royal apartments and view a selection of the many gifts offered to the royals by dignitaries worldwide. There are bus services from the city centre to Leith. For those who enjoy walking then Arthur’s Seat, the extinct volcano to the east of the city centre offers fantastic views from its 251 metre high summit. It is located in Holyrood Park and paths lead up to the summit from the car park at Holyrood Palace. Optional steam trip to Stranraer* Our train will leave Edinburgh Waverley hauled by ‘Black 5’s’ No. 44871 and No. 45407. We pass through Haymarket and at Midcalder Junction take the Shotts Line, one of three routes between Edinburgh and Glasgow. We travel over part of the WCML before branching off to the south of Glasgow and joining the Glasgow South Western Railway Line (G&SWR) at Shields Junction. We pass through Paisley, Dalry and Troon before arriving at the coastal town of Ayr from where there are views of the Isle of Arran. The route is now single track and passes through Maybole and Girvan, from where there is a tremendous climb to the summit at Pinmore Tunnel. The line descends to Pinwherry and then climbs steeply again through Barrhill to Chirmorie Summit. Stranraer Station, formerly Stranraer Harbour Railway Station, is on Loch Ryan and the terminus of the line that once served the ferries operating to Northern Ireland. Our train returns from Stranraer ‘double-headed’ by No. 44871 and No. 45407 over the steeply graded switchback line to Ayr and on to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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Tour Summary Premier Class Price per person £2785 Single supplement £395 Optional trip to Stranraer £175 First Class Price per person £1895 Single supplement £340 Optional trip to Stranraer £125 Tables for two can be guaranteed in Premier Class and First Class for a supplement of £159 per person. (subject to availability) Premier Class includes: • Eight nights overnight accommodation and breakfast (when not served on the train) 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 at tables for four, or two with a supplement of £159 per person (subject to availability) • Apart from breakfast, other meals at the hotels will be at your own expense First Class includes: • Eight nights overnight accommodation and breakfast in 3-star hotels • Coffee or tea and Danish pastries served at your seat • Afternoon tea and biscuits served at your seat • Seating is in first class open coaches at tables for four, or two with a supplement £159 per person (subject to availability)

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Thursday 1st May Over the Forth Bridge to Inverness or with K1 2-6-0 No.62005 to Fort William Today we travel by two separate steam hauled trains. Train 1 runs via Aberdeen to Inverness and Train 2 runs via Bathgate to Fort William. Train 1 – Edinburgh to Inverness Ex-London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) class A4 ‘Pacific’ No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” will leave Edinburgh Waverley with our special train at around 09.30. We cross the magnificent Forth Bridge with superb views of the Firth of Forth and enter Fife. We head northwards with views of Lomond Hills and cross the River Tay, hugging the coast line en route to Carnoustie and Arbroath. We continue through Montrose and after Stonehaven there will be spectacular views of the North Sea much of the way to Aberdeen. We enjoy a short break in the Granite City, more recently dubbed the ‘oil capital of Europe’. An ex-LMS Black 5 class 4-6-0 steam locomotive will take over our train for the journey from Aberdeen to Inverness. The route of the former Great North of Scotland Railway is single track and passes through undulating agricultural land to Huntly, Keith and Elgin. After Forres and Nairn, there are views across the Moray Firth before arrival at Inverness where we transfer to our hotels. Train 2 – Edinburgh to Fort William Our train leaves Edinburgh Waverley hauled by K1 2-6-0 No.62005. We travel via Shotts towards Glasgow and pass through Springburn to the north of the city. We travel along the north bank of the River Clyde and pass through Dumbarton before joining the West Highland line at Craigendoran. After a brief stop at Arrochar & Tarbet Station, we glimpse 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. Friday 2nd May Steam on the Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig routes Train 1 – Inverness to Fort William We depart from Inverness steam-hauled by an ex-LMS Black 5 class 4-6-0. Premier class passengers will be silver served a full Scottish Breakfast at their seats 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 our steam locomotive to take on 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 K1 2-6-0 No.62005. 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 K1 2-6-0 No.62005, 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 through the Harry Potter films. Take the opportunity to photograph it, it’s a fabulous sight. We are travelling through some of UK Tours - The Great Britain VII

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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 steamhauled to Inverness by an ex-LMS Black 5 class 4-6-0. Overnight accommodation is in Inverness. Saturday 3rd May The best of Scottish scenery en route to Edinburgh Train 1 – Fort William to Edinburgh We depart from Fort William mid-morning steamhauled by K1 2-6-0 No.62005. 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 (1,350 ft.), 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 K1 2-6-0 No.62005 will haul our train through Helensburgh and Dumbarton to Edinburgh Waverley. Overnight accommodation is in Edinburgh. Train 2 – Inverness to Edinburgh We depart from Inverness hauled by an ex-LMS Black 5 class 4-6-0 and head eastwards with fine views over the Moray Firth. We pass through Nairn and Keith heading further east on the Great North of Scotland main line. We arrive at Aberdeen where we exchange our Black 5 class 4-6-0 for A4 class ‘Pacific’ No. 60009 “Union of South Africa”.


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Tour Summary Premier Class Price per person £2785 Single supplement £395 Optional trip to Stranraer £175 First Class Price per person £1895 Single supplement £340 Optional trip to Stranraer £125 Tables for two can be guaranteed in Premier Class and First Class for a supplement of £159 per person. (subject to availability) Premier Class includes: As we head south there are panoramic views of the North Sea for much of the way to Stonehaven. We pass through Montrose and Arbroath then run along the North bank of the River Tay before arriving at Dundee. We cross the impressive Tay Bridge over the Firth of Tay and head south across Fife. We are close to the Firth of Forth between Kinghorn and Inverkeithing, then we cross the spectacular Forth Bridge and head for Edinburgh Waverley. Overnight accommodation is in Edinburgh. Sunday 4th May An A4 and a Duchess to London Kings Cross Our train leaves Edinburgh in the morning hauled by an ex-LNER A4 ‘Pacific’ No 60009 “Union of South Africa” and heads south. We pass over the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick upon Tweed and enjoy fine views of the North Sea as we pass through Northumbria. We cross over the River Tyne leaving Newcastle and enjoy magnificent views of the cathedral at Durham. On arrival at York there will be a break while locomotives are changed. From York ex-LMSR ‘Pacific’ No. 46229 “Duchess of Sutherland” takes over for a fast run up the East Coast Main Line to Kings Cross.

Optional Steam Trip* Edinburgh to Stranraer and return 30th April 2014 Premier class includes a reserved seat, full Scottish Breakfast and 3-course lunch with tea or coffee. First class includes a reserved seat, Danish Pastries with orange juice, morning coffee or tea, afternoon tea or coffee served with a selection of finger sandwiches and scones with jam and cream.

• Eight nights overnight accommodation and breakfast (when not served on the train) 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 at tables for four, or two with a supplement of £159 per person (subject to availability) • Apart from breakfast, other meals at the hotels will be at your own expense First Class includes:

Luggage All luggage transfers from Falmouth to Edinburgh, around Scotland and back to Edinburgh are taken care of by RTC. Passengers are responsible for taking their own luggage to the train and to the first hotel in Falmouth and then to the train from the last hotel in Edinburgh. All other transfers between hotels and trains are made by RTC.

• Eight nights overnight accommodation and breakfast in 3-star hotels • Coffee or tea and Danish pastries served at your seat • Afternoon tea and biscuits served at your seat • Seating is in first class open coaches at tables for four, or two with a supplement £159 per person (subject to availability) • Apart from breakfast other meals in hotels will be at your own expense

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The Cock O’the North Thursday 15th May to Tuesday 20th May 2014 Thursday 3rd July to Tuesday 8th July 2014 Thursday 18th September to Tuesday 23rd September 2014 A Scottish nobleman, soldier and clan chief, General George Gordon, was nicknamed “The Cock O’ the North” in the 18th century and subsequently the name has been used for a steam locomotive, a traditional Scottish bagpipe tune, a whiskybased liqueur, and more. We shall be in good company when we visit the north of Scotland on “The Cock O’ the North” rail tour. We explore this area of outstanding natural beauty travelling by train, road coach and ferry. Our two night stay on the famous Isle of Skye includes a scenic tour, and to get there we travel by train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, one of the most scenic in Britain. We travel on “The Jacobite” steam train from Mallaig to Fort William, and visit Heritage Railways, travelling by steam and diesel trains. We travel to and from Scotland on fast trains in comfortable First Class seats and take advantage of the contemporary First Class Lounge at London’s King’s Cross Station prior to our journey. A special road coach handles our luggage, accompanying us throughout the Scottish part of our tour. Thursday “Highland Chieftain” to Inverness We join the “Highland Chieftain” train at London’s King’s Cross Station for our journey to Scotland. Our train follows the route of the East Coast Main Line (ECML) with its historic connections and magnificent scenery. During the journey a light lunch will be served at our seats as we travel in First Class comfort. We stop at York where more passengers may join the train, including those who have travelled by service train from Peterborough. The train continues its journey via Newcastle, Edinburgh and Perth, where we join the Highland Main Line travelling through the beautiful Scottish Highlands to Inverness. At Inverness we check in to a 3-star hotel for two nights. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. (L D)

Friday Strathspey Railway and the Keith & Dufftown Railway Today we travel by road coach to Aviemore where we join a steam train on the Strathspey Railway. This heritage railway line shares the main line railway station at Aviemore and runs to Boat of Garten and Broomhill, ‘Glenbogle’ in the BBC series “Monarch of the Glen”. We have a return trip on the railway which provides us with wonderful views of the Cairngorm Mountains. We rejoin our road coach to travel from Aviemore to Dufftown, where we have lunch in the “Buffer Stop”, a railway restaurant car. We then take a return trip by vintage diesel rail car on the 11 mile long Keith and Dufftown Railway, the most northerly heritage railway in the UK. The ‘whisky line’ passes through some spectacular scenery which includes dense pine forests, the tranquil waters of Loch Park, and the winding valley of the River Isla. To end the day, we visit a traditional Highland whisky distillery before returning to our hotel in Inverness. (B L D)

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Saturday Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh by Train Today, our luggage is collected from our hotel and transported by privately chartered road coach to our next hotel. This procedure will be followed for the next three days. After a traditional Scottish breakfast in our hotel, we leave Inverness and travel by train to Kyle of Lochalsh. This line has been voted one of the most scenic in Britain. It passes through forests; alongside lakes overlooked by mountains; and along the shores of Loch Carron, a sea inlet. Kyle of Lochalsh is in an idyllic location on the north-west coast of Scotland at the entrance to the sea inlet Loch Alsh. We take a coach journey over the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye and on to Portree. We shall have fine views as we travel, inland of mountains and seaward of the islands in the Sound of Raasay. Portree is the island’s main town and 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 We have a tour guide for the day as we explore the fascinating Isle of Skye by road coach. The island’s peninsulas radiate from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillin Mountains, the rocky slopes of which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country. 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 be time to have a look around and 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. Our coach will stop to provide us with opportunities for filming and photography when appropriate. We return to our hotel in Portree (B L D) Monday Ferry to Mallaig; “The Jacobite” Steam Train 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 to explore the village and find lunch before joining “The Jacobite” steam train to Fort William. This unforgettable 42 mile journey has been described as one of the great railway journeys of the world. “The Jacobite” takes us through some of the most magnificent scenery that Scotland has to offer, beginning with sea views to the well known islands of Eigg and Rum. It also crosses the world famous twenty-one arch Glenfinnan Viaduct which is built entirely of concrete, and offers spectacular views down Lochaber’s Loch Shiel. On arrival at Fort William we rejoin our road coach for the journey to Inverness, passing through the Great Glen with its many lochs, and travelling the whole length of the famous Loch Ness. At Inverness we check in to a hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D)

Tuesday The “Highland Chieftain” to London We have an early breakfast at our hotel before we transfer to Inverness Railway Station to join the “Highland Chieftain” express train for our return journey. We can relax in our First Class seats as we travel through the scenic Highlands. We climb to Drumochter summit, the highest in the UK, and then follow the valley of the River Tay to Perth. We continue to Edinburgh where we join the ECML onwards to Newcastle, York and London King’s Cross. A light lunch will be served on the journey south. (B L) Approx. timings Outward Return London King’s Cross 12:00 15:51 Peterborough 11:58* 15:26* York 13:54 13:53 Inverness 20:06 07:55 *Passengers from Peterborough change trains at York on both outward and return journeys.

Tour Summary London (Price per person) £1255 Peterborough (Price per person) £1220 York (Price per person) £1185 Single supplement £145 Price includes: • First Class rail travel to Inverness and return, from London, Peterborough or York, with at-seat dining • 5 nights bed and breakfast at good quality 3-star hotels • 5 dinners and 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

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The Summer Highlander Tuesday 27th May to Sunday 1st June 2014 Tuesday 22nd July to Sunday 27th July 2014 The Highlands of Scotland in summer beckon the discerning traveller interested in exploring this wonderful area that is ‘right on our doorstep’. This tour offers an interesting variety in travel, culture, and cuisine. We travel by train, road coach and ferry; visit scenic and historic sites; and sample Scottish culinary delights at a number of different venues. Highlights include “The Jacobite” steam train, rail journeys from both Kyle of Lochalsh and the ‘Far North’ to Inverness, and visits to two Heritage Railways. We visit the beautiful Isle of Skye and the iconic John O’ Groats, and learn something about Scottish heritage at Dunrobin Castle and the Castle of Mey. We travel to and from Scotland on fast trains in comfortable First Class seats and take advantage of the contemporary First Class Lounge at King’s Cross Station prior to our departure from London. A road coach handling our luggage will accompany us throughout Scotland. Tuesday “Highland Chieftain” to Scotland We join the “Highland Chieftain” train at London’s King’s Cross Station, departing at midday for our journey to Scotland. Our train follows the route of the East Coast Main Line (ECML) with its historic connections and magnificent scenery. We travel in First Class comfort and during the journey a light lunch will be served at our seats. We stop at York where more passengers may join the train, including those who have travelled by service train from Peterborough. We speed along the ECML to Darlington and on to Newcastle and Edinburgh. At Perth we join the Highland Main Line and travel through the beautiful Scottish Highlands. We leave the train at Kingussie and travel by road coach to Fort William where we check in to a hotel. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant this evening. (L D)

Wednesday “The Jacobite”; the Isle of Skye; by train to Inverness A highlight of our tour is the journey on “The Jacobite” steam train, which has been described as one of the great railway journeys of the world. The train runs from Fort William to Mallaig through some of the most magnificent scenery that Scotland has to offer. Mountains, glens, streams, lochs, and the sea combine to provide and un-ending collage of outstanding views. En route we cross the world famous twenty-one arch Glenfinnan Viaduct which has featured in a number of films and TV series. There will be around one hour in Mallaig to explore this attractive fishing port and find lunch before we board the ferry for Armadale on the Isle of Skye. We then travel by our road coach 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 UK Tours - The Summer Highlander

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Inverness. We transfer to a hotel in Inverness, which will be our base for 4 nights. (B) Thursday Dunrobin Castle Breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant this morning before we depart by road coach for Dunrobin Castle. We travel north, crossing Kessock Bridge on to the Black Isle; alongside Cromarty Firth; and over Dornoch Firth to the village of Golspie on the North Sea coast. We shall be greeted by a piper on arrival at Dunrobin Castle, the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland. This impressive castle stands on high terraces from where there are wonderful views across its formal gardens to the North Sea beyond. We shall have a tour of the castle and its grounds, including a falconry display, before having lunch. There will be further time to explore the castle gardens and museum before we return by road coach to our hotel in Inverness. (B L)


Friday The Far North Today we travel by road coach to the iconic village of John O’Groats. Our route from Inverness follows the A9 trunk road which hugs the North Sea coast for much of the way from Golspie to Wick. There are some spectacular views along the way. John O’Groats is well known as the starting point for charity events travelling the greatest length of Britain to Land’s End. It has a tiny harbour and, if the weather is good, there are views across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. We continue our journey a few miles west to the Castle of Mey, where we shall have a light lunch. The castle was restored from a near ruin by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, for use as a holiday home. We then go to Thurso Railway Station where we join a ScotRail service train for Inverness. The railway takes a different route to the road, initially crossing isolated moorland, thus providing a fresh perspective on the region’s wonderful scenery. The railway line meets the North Sea coast at Helmsdale and then follows the coastline, often running between the road and the sea. It is not uncommon to see seals basking on the shore on this section of the route. On arrival at Inverness we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Saturday The Strathspey and Keith & Dufftown Railways This morning we travel by road coach to Aviemore where we join a steam train on the Strathspey Railway. This heritage railway line shares the main line railway station at Aviemore and runs to Boat of Garten and Broomhill, ‘Glenbogle’ in the BBC series “Monarch of the Glen”. We have a return trip on the railway which provides us with wonderful views of the Cairngorm Mountains. We rejoin our road coach to travel from Aviemore to Dufftown, where we have lunch in the “Buffer Stop”, a railway restaurant car. We then take a return trip by vintage diesel rail car on the 11 mile long Keith and Dufftown Railway, the most northerly heritage railway in the UK. The ‘whisky line’ passes through some spectacular scenery which includes dense pine forests, the tranquil waters of Loch Park, and the winding valley of the River Isla. To end the day, we visit a traditional Highland whisky distillery before returning to our hotel in Inverness. (B L D)

Sunday The “Highland Chieftain” to London We have an early breakfast at our hotel before we transfer to Inverness Railway Station to join the “Highland Chieftain” express train for our return journey. We can relax in our First Class seats as we travel through the scenic Highlands. We climb to Drumochter summit, the highest in the UK, and then follow the valley of the River Tay to Perth. We continue to Edinburgh where we join the ECML onwards to Newcastle, York and London King’s Cross. A light lunch will be served on the journey south. (B L) Approx. timings Outward Return London King’s Cross 12:00 15:51 Peterborough 11:58* 15:26* York 13:54 13:53 Kingussie 19:15 ------Inverness ------- 07:55 *Passengers from Peterborough change trains at York on both outward and return journeys.

Tour Summary London (Price per person) £995 Peterborough (Price per person) £975 York (Price per person) £955 Single supplement £195 Price includes: • First Class rail travel on the “Highland Chieftain” and on “The Jacobite” steam train • Standard Class rail travel between Kyle of Lochalsh and Inverness and between Thurso and Inverness (First Class not provided on these trains) • 5 nights accommodation in hotels • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners • All visits, train and ferry travel, and coach transfers as mentioned in the itinerary • The services of a tour manager Meals included each day are shown as: B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner May 2014

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The Western Isles Tuesday 3rd June to Wednesday 11th June 2014 Tuesday 5th August to Wednesday 13th August 2014 Tuesday 23rd September to Wednesday 1st October 2014 Here is an opportunity to visit the far north-west of Scotland and witness scenes of unsurpassed beauty right on our doorstep! We travel to the Isle of Skye, the Outer Hebrides, and the Northwest Highlands, visiting areas where other tours rarely go. En route we cruise on Loch Lomond and travel on “The Jacobite” steam train, one of the great railway journeys of the world. We make sea crossings by ferry to and from the islands, including Harris & Lewis where we discover a culture unique to the British Isles. The remote and tranquil Northwest Highlands beyond Ullapool are a world apart from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime and experience the splendour of the mountains, glens, and lochs of ‘The Western Isles’. We travel to and from Scotland on fast trains in comfortable First Class seats and take advantage of the contemporary First Class Lounge at London’s King’s Cross Station prior to our journey. A road coach handling our luggage will accompany us throughout Scotland. Tuesday “Highland Chieftain” to Scotland Our adventure begins when we join the “Highland Chieftain” train at London’s King’s Cross Station for our journey to Scotland. Our train follows the route of the East Coast Main Line (ECML) with its historic connections and magnificent scenery. During the journey a light lunch will be served at our seats as we travel in First Class comfort. We stop at York where more passengers may join the train, including those who have travelled by service train from Peterborough. The train continues its journey along the ECML via Newcastle and Edinburgh and on to Stirling. From there, a coach takes us to The Inn at Inverbeg 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 shortly after 16:00 and we check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D) Thursday “The Jacobite” and over the Sea to Skye A highlight of our tour is the journey on “The Jacobite” steam train, which has been described as one of the great railway journeys of the world. The train runs from Fort William to Mallaig through some of the most magnificent scenery UK Tours - The Western Isles

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that Scotland has to offer. Mountains, glens, streams, lochs, and the sea combine to provide and un-ending collage of outstanding views. En route we cross the world famous twenty-one arch Glenfinnan Viaduct which has featured in a number of films and TV series. There will be around two hours in Mallaig to explore the village and fishing port, and find lunch before we board the ferry for Armadale on the Isle of Skye. We then travel by our road coach which, as always, has followed us with our luggage, to our hotel in Portree. (B D)


Friday Harris & Lewis in the Outer Hebrides The Isle of Skye is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides and famous for its mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillin Hills, which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country. We shall pause a few times to take in the scenery as our coach takes us across Trotternish, the northern peninsula of Skye, to Uig. Here we join a ferry for the one and half hour crossing to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Although not an island itself, Harris is the southern and more mountainous part of Lewis and Harris. We travel through the bleak countryside of both to the island’s capital, Stornoway, where we stay at a hotel for two nights. (B D)

Monday North West Scottish Highlands We have a day trip by road coach today, to discover the remote and impressive landscape of the North West Highlands. We pass through magnificent mountain scenery with striking lochs and glens, and the possibility of viewing uncommon wildlife. We also catch glimpses of the sea and travel near to the coast at Scourie. Our destination is Durness on the far north coast of Scotland, in an area of unspoilt beaches backed by cliffs. The surrounding coastline is some of Europe’s most isolated and spectacular, where sea birds, seals, porpoises and minke whales may be seen. We stop in the village and there will be time for lunch. In the afternoon we return by coach to our hotel at Lochinver. (B D)

Saturday The Isle of Lewis Today we have a guided coach tour of the Isle of Lewis which has a rich cultural heritage. We visit various places of particular interest including the Butt of Lewis cliffs and lighthouse; a restored thatched black house, the main housing on the island around 100 years ago; Carloway Broch, a pre-historic round castle; Lewis Bridge; and the Callinish Standing Stones, an impressive stone circle which is said to be comparable to Stonehenge. We stop for lunch during our tour. We return to our hotel In Stornoway. (B L D)

Tuesday Dunrobin Castle and Inverness We travel by road coach the breadth of Scotland today, mostly along isolated mountain roads. Approaching the east coast we pass through Lairg and Golspie before we arrive at Dunrobin Castle. This impressive castle stands on high terraces from where there are wonderful views across its formal gardens to the North 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. We transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Sunday Lochinver This morning we have free time to explore Stornoway and discover Lews Castle and grounds, the impressive war memorial, or the harbour area. Observance of the Christian Sabbath, Sunday, had long been a unique aspect of the island’s culture and until July 2009 there were no Sunday ferry services to or from Stornoway. We join a ferry to cross ‘The Minch’, maybe sighting dolphins en route, and return to the mainland at Ullapool. We travel by road coach from Ullapool north 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)

Wednesday The “Highland Chieftain” to London We enjoy an early breakfast at our hotel before transferring to the railway station to join the “Highland Chieftain” for our return journey to London. We can relax in our First Class seats as we leave Inverness and pass through the Highlands, a wonderful experience, en route to Perth, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York and London King’s Cross. A light lunch will be served on the journey south. (B L) Approx. timings Outward Return London King’s Cross 12:00 15:51 Peterborough 11:58* 15:26* York 13:54 13:53 Stirling 17:19 ------Inverness ------- 07:55 *Passengers from Peterborough change trains at York on both outward and return journeys.

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Tour Summary London (Price per person) £1495 Peterborough (Price per person) £1475 York (Price per person) £1455 Single supplement £290 Price includes: • First Class rail travel from London to Stirling and Inverness to London with at-seat dining • 8 nights half board accommodation in 3-star hotels • 5 Lunches • All visits, train, boat and ferry travel, and coach transfers as mentioned in the itinerary • First Class rail travel on “The Jacobite” from Fort William to Mallaig • Standard Class rail travel between Arrochar and Fort William and Golspie and Inverness (First Class not provided on these trains) • The services of a tour manager Meals included each day are shown as: B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner June 2014 M

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Snowdonia and the Northern Fells Friday 25th July to Thursday 31st July 2014 Friday 15th August to Thursday 21st August 2014 This popular tour to Cumbria and around North Wales features main line steam trips and steam trains on ‘Great Little Trains of Wales’. Main line trips include travel over the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, along the picturesque North Wales coast line, and up the dramatic Conway Valley to Blaenau Ffestiniog. We travel on an interesting variety of ‘Great Little Trains’ including the Snowdon Mountain, Ffestiniog, Talyllyn, Welshpool and Llanfair, and Vale of Rheidol Railways. One highlight of the tour is to 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 The Settle to Carlisle Railway Today we join the “Cumbrian Mountain Express” steam train at Liverpool Lime Street Station. Our journey begins with an impressive exit from the station hauled by a magnificent Pacific steam locomotive, either “Duchess of Sutherland” or “Oliver Cromwell”. Breakfast will be served at our seats soon after departure. We head north to Preston and Carnforth then skirt the Lake District before entering the Lune Valley. Our steam locomotive will be fully extended as we begin the ascent to the summit of Shap Fell. Descending through Penrith North Lakes, we halt at Carlisle for a two hour break and time to explore the Border City. 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-yGhent 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 D)

This dramatic neo-Norman fantasy, with extensive grounds, was built in the early 19th century for a wealthy Welsh family. It is crammed with fascinating objects and has a stable block which contains an industrial railway, 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 Llandudno. We walk to the Imperial Hotel and check in for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D)

Sunday Steam along the North Wales Coast After breakfast we join the “North Wales Coast Express” special steam train at Liverpool Lime Street Station and take our reserved 1st class seats. Hauled by a steam locomotive 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. We pass through several small seaside resorts on the Irish Sea coast before arriving at Bangor. Here we transfer by road coach to Penrhyn Castle for a short visit.

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On arrival at Porthmadog, we return by road coach to the Imperial Hotel in Llandudno, for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D) Tuesday A Steam spectacular to Blaneau Ffestiniog; the Ffestiniog Railway 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 Blaeneau Ffestiniog. There will be around two hours to explore Blaeneau Ffestiniog and find lunch before we travel on the Ffestiniog Railway to Porthmadog. We transfer to Portmeirion where we have dinner and overnight accommodation at The Hotel Portmeirion. (B D)

Wednesday The Cambrian Coast and Talyllyn Railway After breakfast we transfer to Porthmadog Railway Station where we join a service train for the scenic journey south along the Cambrian coast to Tywyn. At Tywyn we travel on the narrow gauge Talyllyn Railway (TR) for the full length of the line to Nant Gwernol and return. On return to Tywyn, there will be time to purchase lunch. We then transfer by coach from Tywyn to Aberystwyth where we have dinner and overnight accommodation at the Marine Hotel. (B D) Thursday Vale of Rheidol Railway and Welshpool and Llanfair Railway Today we travel on the Vale of Rheidol Railway from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. From Devil’s Bridge we transfer by road coach to Welshpool. There will be time to find some lunch in Welshpool before we 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. 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 19th September to Monday 22nd September 2014 Join us for an exhilarating four day tour around the Western Highlands of Scotland on our own exclusive steam hauled chartered train, featuring five 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 LNER K4 and K1 class, 2 x LMS ‘Black 5’ class, and an LMS Royal Scot or Jubilee 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 19th September K4 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 K4 class steam locomotive No. 61994 “The Great Marquess” 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 20th September The Spectacular West Highland Line to Mallaig This morning we transfer to Glasgow Queen Street Station for an early departure, at around 06:30. Our special train will be hauled by steam locomotive No. 61994 “The Great Marquess” 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. 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 UK Tours - The West Highlander Steam Express

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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 21st September Fort William, Oban and Glasgow Today our train leaves Fort William, steam hauled by No. 61994 “The Great Marquess”. We climb through the spectacular scenery of the Monessie Gorge, pass Roy Bridge, and 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 “The Great Marquess” takes on water. We change direction of travel and set off for Oban double headed by two ‘Black 5’ locomotives No. 44871 and No. 45407. We pass through Tyndrum Lower and continue 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. Here “The Great Marquess” will take over the train for the return journey 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 22nd September Journey Home We depart from Glasgow Central Station at 09:30 hauled by No. 46115 “Scots Guardsman” or No. 45699 “Galatea” 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 to Kirkconnel, Dumfries, Gretna and 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.

The Locomotives The West Highlander Steam Express will be hauled in turn by five different steam locomotives. LNER K4 class 2-6-0 No. 61994 “The Great Marquess” Preston – Shap – Beattock – Glasgow Central Glasgow Queen Street – Fort William Fort William – Crainlarich – Glasgow Queen Street LNER K1 Class 2-6-0 No. 62005 Fort William – Mallaig – Fort William 2 x LMS ‘Black 5’ Class Nos. 44871 & 45407 Crainlarich – Oban – Crainlarich LMS Royal Scot class 4-6-0 No. 46115 “Scots Guardsman” or LMS Jubilee class No. 45699 “Galatea” Glasgow – Dumfries – Carlisle – Preston Approximate Timings

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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

Friday 19th September Crewe 07:00 Wilmslow 07:20 Stockport 07.30 Manchester Victoria 08.10 Bolton 09.30 Preston 10:20 Glasgow Central 17:55 Saturday 20th September Glasgow Queen Street 06:30 Crainlarich 10:35 Fort William 12:50 – 13:15 Mallaig 15:00 – 17:00 Fort William 18:50

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Sunday 21st September Fort William 09:00 Crainlarich 12:00 – 12:30 Oban 14:00 – 15:00 Crainlarich 16:30 Glasgow Queen Street 19:30

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 2014

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The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express Saturdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd February and 1st and 8th March 2014 With these trains we expect to recreate the early days of steam rail tours in the 1980’s when the Settle and Carlisle Railway in winter was the icing on the cake in the main line ‘steam’ calendar. We have a high speed journey down the West Coast Main Line to Carnforth hauled by a blue class 86 electric locomotive. We then enjoy a circular steam tour outwards via Shap to Carlisle and back to Preston via the Settle and Carlisle line. We return to London behind our blue electric locomotive. We leave London Euston at around 07:10 with electric traction, and speed north along the West Coast Main Line. We stop to pick up passengers at Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Rugby (where passengers from Northampton join by service train), Nuneaton, Crewe and Preston. At Carnforth, we change locomotives and one of these steam locomotives, either Britannia Class ‘Pacific’ No.70013 “Oliver Cromwell”, Black ‘5’ No. 45305, 46115 “Scots Guardsman”, 45690 “Leander” or 45699 “Galetea” takes over the train. On leaving Carnforth we climb the first severe gradient up to Grayrigg, and then travel through the beautiful Lune Gorge, gaining speed for the ascent to Shap. This well-known section of the WCML has a gradient of 1 in 75 and in the former days of steam locomotives banking engines from Tebay were often being used to assist trains. After crossing the Cumbrian Fells we descend to Penrith, and then head for Carlisle. There will be around an hour and a half in Carlisle, time to explore this ancient ‘Border’ city.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London Euston 07:10 22:20 Watford Junction 07:30 21:50 Milton Keynes 08:00 21:15 Northampton* 07:40 21:15 Rugby 08:25 20:38 Nuneaton 08:45 20:20 Crewe 09:45 19:15 Preston 10:30 18:20 Carlisle 12:40 14:30 *Northampton

passengers travel to and from Rugby by service train. There are three classes available:

We leave Carlisle and join the Settle–Carlisle line, one of the most well known and best loved stretches of railway line in Britain. We soon begin climbing, and then at Appleby, we stop for our steam locomotive to take on water. The climbing continues through scenic Kirby Stephen towards the highest railway summit in England at Ais Gill, 1169 feet above sea level. We pass over high viaducts, including the famous one at Ribblehead, and through tunnels. There are magnificent views across the Fells and to the peaks of Pen-yghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. We should have a fast run out of the hills, through Settle, until we stop again for our locomotive to take on water.

Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.

Our journey continues through Hellifield, Clitheroe and Blackburn to Preston, where we say goodbye to our steam locomotive. Our blue class 86 electric locomotive takes over the train for a fast run to London. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.

First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches.

Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Fares

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Bob Green

The Esk Valley Saturday 22nd March 2014 This trip provides a last opportunity to travel along the Esk Valley Line by steam train before the improved Northern Rail service commences. An increase in the number of service trains travelling this largely single track route will make it very difficult to find a ‘path’ for a steam train. The Esk Valley Line runs from Middlesbrough to Whitby in North Yorkshire and follows the course of the River Esk for much of its eastern half. It is one of the most rural railway lines in the UK and our train will make a return trip hauled by two different steam locomotives. Our train originates in Lancashire, leaving Carnforth in the morning hauled by a diesel locomotive. We stop to pick up more passengers at Bentham, Hellifield, Skipton, Leeds and York. At York ex-London & North Eastern Railways (LNER) K4 class 2-6-0 No. 61994 “The Great Marquess” takes over our train for the onward journey down the East Coast Mainline (ECML). We head northwards from York along a very straight section of track to Thirsk and on to Northallerton, the traditional ECML ‘racing stretch’. We leave the ECML at Northallerton and take the Eaglecliffe line which crosses the imposing Yarm Viaduct over the River Tees. At Thornaby, we enter Tees Yard and pause whilst ex-LNER B1 class 4-6-0 steam locomotive No. 61264 is attached to the rear of our train. We continue our journey with the train ‘topped and tailed’ with the two steam locomotives. We pass through Middlesborough where we join the Esk Valley Line and then begin the steep climb to Nunthorpe. Battersby is an unusual station that was once a junction but is now in effect a terminus and all trains have to reverse direction of travel there. We leave Battersby hauled by steam locomotive No. 61264 and continue along the Esk Valley Line through the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. We pass through the isolated communities of Kildale, Commondale, Danby and Glaisdale en route to Grosmont. Here there is a connection with the preserved North Yorkshire Moors Railway but hardly a hint of the former ironworks that were developed in the midnineteenth century once the railway arrived. The line now closely follows the River Esk through Sleights and Ruswarp to the terminus at Whitby. There will be just over an hour to visit this picturesque seaside town which surrounds its harbour at the mouth of the River Esk. It is famous as the home town of world explorer Captain James Cook, the 199 steps to its ruined hilltop Abbey, and its fish & chips! We leave Whitby ‘topped and tailed’ with No. 61994 “The Great Marquess” and No. 61264, the former hauling our train as far as Battersby. From Battersby, No. 61264 will be in sole charge as we return through Middlesborough and Northallerton to York. At York, a diesel locomotive will take over the train for the remainder of the journey, stopping to set down passengers at Leeds, Skipton, Hellifield, Bentham and Carnforth.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Carnforth 06:30 21:30 Bentham 06:50 21:10 Hellifield 07:15 20:35 Skipton 07:30 20:18 Leeds 08:30 19:00 York 09:45 17:50 Whitby 13:35 14:45 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

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Bob Green

The Peak Forester Sunday 23rd March 2014 Join us on this very special train from London to Matlock in the beautiful Peak District of Derbyshire. There we shall travel over the ‘Peak Rail’ Heritage Railway line between Matlock and Rowsley. Our train will be steam hauled throughout by ex-Southern Railway West Country class 4-6-2 ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 34046 “Braunton”. The journey includes fast running stretches of high profile main lines as well as highly scenic secondary routes. We leave London King’s Cross at around 09:30, hauled by “Braunton”, and we can expect some fast running as we head north along the East Coast Main Line (ECML). We stop at Stevenage and Peterborough for further passengers and then take the former Syston and Peterborough Railway line that links the ECML to the Midland Main Line (MML). We pass through Stamford and Manton Tunnel then stop at Oakham for more passengers. When this line was built, between Oakham and Melton Mowbray, it had to make a significant detour because of opposition from the then owner of nearby Stapleford Park. We join the MML at Syston Junction and head northwards through Loughborough and Trent Junction to Derby. We then take the Derwent Valley Line to Ambergate Junction and along the Matlock Branch. This was formerly the Midland Main Line to Manchester Central which closed as a through route in 1968. We are now in the Peak District and we travel up the picturesque valley of the River Derwent, passing through Cromford and Matlock Bath to Matlock. At Matlock passengers have the option of alighting from the train or continuing on our train along the Heritage Railway ‘Peak Rail’ through Darley Dale to Rowsley. Peak Rail services were extended into Matlock Station (Network Rail) in July 2011 and our train tickets are valid for travel on Peak Rail trains. Our train, steam hauled by “Braunton”, leaves Rowsley late in the afternoon and stops at Matlock to pick up those passengers who have been visiting the town. We return via Derby, Trent Junction and Melton Mowbray to Oakham, Stamford, and Peterborough where we have stops to set down passengers. At Conington our steam locomotive takes on water. We call at Stevenage to set down passengers before journeys end at London King’s Cross.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London King’s Cross 09:35 21:40 Stevenage 10:05 20:55 Peterborough 11:25 19:40 Oakham 12:00 19:10 Matlock 13:55 17:30 Rowsley 14:25 17:00 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

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James Shuttleworth

The Wansbeck Saturday 29th March 2014 This unusual rail tour by steam train covers parts of Yorkshire, Durham, and Northumberland. It passes through rural and coastal scenic areas including Wansbeck, named after the river in Northumberland. It travels along routes with an interesting history, some of which are open for ‘freight only’. For most of the journey, the train will be ‘topped and tailed’ by steam locomotives class K4 No. 61994 “The Great Marquess” and class K1 No. 62005, one at each end. Our train leaves Newcastle Central Station at around 08:30 and heads north along the East Coast Main Line (ECML) to Morpeth, the county town of Northumberland. Just north of Morpeth we branch off to the east and travel along the ‘freight only’ Blyth and Tyne Line. We reverse our direction of travel at Bedlington Junction and then head north to Ashington, crossing the River Wansbeck at West Sleekburn. On arrival at Ashington we reverse again and return to Marchey’s House Junction. Here we branch off eastwards passing Winning Junction and continuing to the North Sea Coast at Cambois. We then travel southwards along the coast to North Blyth, a small settlement on the north eastern side of the River Blyth harbour. We reverse direction of travel at North Blyth and return on the ‘freight only’ line to Winning Junction and West Sleekburn Junction. We then travel southwards on the Blyth and Tyne route to Benton Junction, where we rejoin the ECML and continue southwards to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After leaving Newcastle Central Station, we cross the famous King Edward VII Bridge en route to Tyne Yard, where our locomotives take on water. We continue southwards along the ECML, passing through Durham with its spectacular Victorian viaduct high above the city. We leave the ECML at Ferryhill and head for Stockton, Middlesborough and Redcar. At Saltburn West Junction we join the scenic ‘freight only’ line to Boulby, running along the cliff tops with spectacular sea views. The Boulby Potash Mine was opened in the 1970’s and is Europe’s second deepest mine. We return to Saltburn West Junction and reverse to Saltburn Station where we enjoy a visit to this seaside town.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Newcastle 08:30 21:15 Newcastle 12:30 ------Middlesborough 14:30 19:00 Saltburn 15:00 18:40 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Our train returns to Newcastle, steam hauled, via Middlesborough, Darlington and the ECML.

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Bob Green

The Central Wales Explorer Saturday 5th April 2014 This excursion by special train from the North West of England provides an opportunity to enjoy a very scenic circular journey in Wales. It includes travel over the remote Central Wales line across the very heart of the Principality. There will be time to visit the spa town of Llandrindod Wells en route. The train will be hauled from Manchester to Newport, South Wales, by two steam locomotives, ex-LMS ‘Black 5’s’ No. 44871 and No. 45407. Join us to explore the wonderful Welsh mountain scenery from the comfort of our train. Our train departs from Manchester Victoria, ‘double-headed’ by our two ‘Black 5’ steam locomotives, and calls to pick up more passengers at Warrington, Crewe and Shrewsbury. We travel along the scenic Welsh Marches Line from Shrewsbury to Craven Arms, where we join the single track Central Wales Line. We follow the valley of the River Teme to Knighton and cross the border into Wales. We pass over the spectacular turreted Knucklas Viaduct, one of the main engineering features of the line, just after Knucklas Station.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Manchester Victoria 07:10 22:00 Warrington 07:40 21:20 Crewe 08:20 20:05 Shrewsbury 09:10 19:17 Llandrindod Wells 14:40 16:40 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.

We stop at Llandrindod Wells where there will be time to visit this delightful spa town with its ornate style buildings from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The ornamental lake, numerous sculptures, and the National Cycle Collection in an Art Deco building, are of particular note.

First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches.

We leave Llandrindod Wells, following river valleys through Builth Road Station to Llanwrtyd Wells, and then climb into the Cambrian Mountains. We reach the summit of the line, beneath the hills in the 1,000 yard (910 metre) long Sugar Loaf Tunnel, and then descend on gradients of 1 in 60 into the picturesque Towy Valley. Our route follows the river closely from Llandovery to Llandeilo. We stop at Pantyffynnon for our steam locomotives to take on water.

Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.

We take the Swansea District Line to bypass Swansea and join the South Wales Main Line at Briton Ferry. We can expect a fast run through Bridgend to Cardiff and on to Newport. Our train will be diesel hauled from Newport northwards along the Welsh Marches Line through Hereford to Shrewsbury, where we stop to set down passengers. We continue to stops at Crewe and Warrington before journeys end at Manchester Victoria.

A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability)

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Mr J Bradshaw

The Atlantic Coast Express Sunday 6th April 2014 Here is a great opportunity to relive the days of famous steam trains. The ‘Atlantic Coast Express’ re-creates the former Southern Railway’s express passenger train of that name. It followed the West of England main line between London Waterloo and Exeter, which we shall travel, to various seaside destinations in Devon and Cornwall. Our train features haulage by two Bulleid ‘Pacific’ steam locomotives, types regularly used on this named train in the ‘days of steam’. We leave London Waterloo at around 09:30 hauled by ‘Battle of Britain’ class steam locomotive No. 34067 “Tangmere”, an ex-Southern Railway type regularly used to haul portions of the Atlantic Coast Express. We take the fast route through Wimbledon, Surbiton, and Weybridge, and then stop at Woking and Basingstoke to pick up more passengers. At Worting Junction we leave the Bournemouth line and take the West of England Main Line to the cathedral city of Salisbury in Wiltshire. We continue west from Salisbury and at Wilton Junction the ex-Southern Railway route to Exeter becomes single track to Templecombe. We stop at Yeovil Junction for our steam locomotive to take on water. There is more single track as we continue through Crewkerne and Axminster and then climb the famous Honiton Bank. We pass through Exeter Central and descend sharply to Exeter St. David’s where there will be almost 2 hours to explore this fine city. The historic city of Exeter is the county town of Devon and retains part of the original Roman walls. The gothic Cathedral is the city’s top attraction and the Cathedral Green opposite is a favourite meeting and picnic place. The historic quayside includes the 17th Century Custom House. The city centre has three significant shopping areas that connect to the High Street. We leave Exeter St. David’s for the return journey at around 17:30 hauled by ‘West Country’ class rebuilt ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 34046 “Braunton”. We shall be treated to another experience of ‘steam days’ as we are ‘banked’ up the steep incline to Exeter Central Station by No. 34067 “Tangmere” at the rear of our train. “Braunton” will haul our train back to London Waterloo and we shall stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London Waterloo 09:30 23:30 Woking 10:20 22:40 Basingstoke 11:10 22:15 Exeter 15:30 17:30 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

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Phil Jones

The Heart of Wales Saturday 12th April 2014 Here is an opportunity to enjoy a very scenic journey by special train travelling over the remote Central Wales line through Llandrindod Wells. Our train will be hauled from Newport, South Wales, along the South Wales Main Line and over the ‘Heart of Wales Line’ to Shrewsbury by two former LMS steam locomotives, ‘Black 5’s’ No. 44871 and No. 45407. There is no better way to experience this wonderful Welsh mountain scenery than from the comfort of our steam train. Our train leaves Slough at around 07:30 diesel hauled, and calls to pick up more passengers at Reading, Didcot, Swindon and Bristol Parkway. We pass through the Severn Tunnel and continue to Newport where further passengers can join the train. Here our two steam locomotives will take over the train and we can expect some fast running along the South Wales Main Line to Cardiff, and onwards to Port Talbot. At Briton Ferry we join the Swansea District Line and bypass Swansea. We shall soon be on the single track ‘Heart of Wales Line’ and our first stop will be at Pantyffynnon where the steam locomotives take on water. We continue northwards through the superb Welsh countryside to Llandeilo, and then follow the River Towy to Llandovery. We commence the long and tortuous climb up to Sugar Loaf Summit, which is approached by gradients as steep as 1 in 60, and pass beneath the hills via the 1,000 yard (910 metres) long Sugar Loaf Tunnel. We descend to Llandrindod Wells where we stop for around one hour while our locomotives are serviced. This ‘spa’ town has many ornate style buildings from the Victorian and Edwardian eras and is also home to the National Cycle Collection. We continue our journey along the sinuous single track, passing through splendid scenery amongst the hills and forests. We cross the magnificent turreted Knucklas Viaduct, with its 13 arches, just before Knucklas Station. We stop at Knighton Station in Shropshire, 100 yards from the Welsh border, for our locomotives to take on water. We join the Welsh Marches line at Craven Arms and head north through Church Stretton to Shrewsbury. We change direction of travel here and our steam locomotives will be replaced by a diesel locomotive. We now head south along the scenic Welsh Marches route, returning to Craven Arms and then continuing through Ludlow, Hereford and Abergavenny to Newport. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Slough 05:50 23:50 Reading 06:10 23:30 Didcot 06:25 23:05 Swindon 07:00 22:40 Bristol Parkway 07:30 22:00 Newport 08:10 21:20 Llandrindod Wells 13:30 16:20 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability)

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The Cumbrian Coast Express Saturday 12th April 2014 Here is a rare opportunity to travel by steam train along the spectacular Cumbrian Coast line, with fine views of rugged cliffs and the Irish Sea. Our train will be hauled from London Euston to Carnforth by class 86 electric locomotive No. 86259 “Les Ross” in its original ‘electric blue’ livery. From Carnforth we shall be steam hauled to Carlisle and back to Carnforth by ex-LMS ‘Jubilee’ class 4-6-0 steam locomotive No. 45699 “Galatea”. Our train leaves London Euston at around 07:10 with electric traction, and speeds north along the West Coast Main Line. We stop to pick up more passengers at Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Rugby (where passengers from Northampton join by service train), Nuneaton, Crewe and Preston. At Carnforth, we change locomotives and steam locomotive No. 45699 “Galatea” takes over our train for the onward journey. We pass through Silverdale and over the Kent Viaduct where there are excellent views across Morecambe Bay. We continue through Grange-over-Sands, then cross the Leven Viaduct en route to Ulverston. We have requested to travel the loop line through Barrow-in-Furness but if this route is refused we shall use the direct link between Dalton and Park South Junction. We now head north along the Cumbrian Coast, through Foxfield, Millom, Ravenglass and Sellafield. We then hug the coastline as far as St. Bees, travelling beside the seashore with fine views over the Irish Sea. We pass through Whitehaven, then beside the cliffs at Parton, before arriving at Workington where our steam locomotive takes on water. The line between Maryport and Carlisle has limited clearance and formerly carriages had bars across window openings to prevent passengers leaning out and being injured when passing bridges. The restrictions still exist and on no account should any passenger attempt to open windows and lean out during this part of the journey. Soon we arrive in the ‘Border City’ of Carlisle where there will be a short break and time to discover the sights. Later in the afternoon, steam locomotive No. 45699 “Galatea” hauls our train south from Carlisle. We climb almost continuously through the Eastern Lake District to Penrith, before tackling the final ascent to Shap Summit. We descend from the summit to Tebay then pass through the beautiful Lune Gorge before continuing to descend through Oxenholme Lake District to Carnforth. Here we say ‘goodbye’ to our steam locomotive and the blue electric locomotive No. 86259 takes over the train for a fast run to London. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London Euston 07:10 22:20 Watford Junction 07:30 21:50 Milton Keynes 08:00 21:15 Northampton* 07:40 21:15 Rugby 08:25 20:38 Nuneaton 08:45 20:20 Crewe 09:45 19:15 Preston 10:30 18:20 Carlisle 15:00 16:30 *Northampton

passengers travel to and from Rugby by service train. There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£199

£139

£537

First

£139

£85

£363

Standard

£85

£49

£219

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The Dartmouth Express Saturday 19th April 2014 The Dartmouth Express provides an opportunity for a very special day out travelling by train from Guilford, Wokingham and stations in the Kennet Valley to Dartmouth in beautiful South Devon. The special train will be hauled by ex-British Railways Britannia class ‘Pacific’ No. 70000 “Britannia”. We have an optional 90 minute cruise available from Kingswear aboard the magnificent Paddle Steamer “Kingswear Castle”. Our train leaves Guilford, diesel hauled, at around 07:15. We stop for more passengers at Wokingham, Theale, Newbury, Hungerford and Pewsey. Our final stop for passengers is at Westbury where we welcome our magnificent steam locomotive, Britannia ‘Pacific’ No. 70000 “Britannia”. We leave Westbury and rejoin the West of England main line, climb Brewham Bank, and continue through Somerset’s green and undulating countryside to Taunton where we stop for our locomotive to take on water. We then climb to Whiteball Summit on the border of Somerset and Devon before descending to Exeter. We follow the Exe Estuary, with its picturesque fishing boat views, and run on to the famous sea wall near Dawlish – one of the most famous and scenic stretches of railway line in Britain. After Newton Abbot we leave the main line to Plymouth and head for Torquay and Paignton, two of the UK’s premier seaside resorts. At Paignton we join the Dartmouth Steam Railway and our train traverses this Heritage Railway hauled by “Oliver Cromwell”. There is a steep climb at 1 in 60 to Churston and from there the line runs downhill to Kingswear. The train fare includes a return journey on the ferry across the River Dart to the picture-postcard town of Dartmouth. Here the railway station, where no railway has ever run, is now a restaurant. Dartmouth is set in a beautiful location with steep wooded hillsides either side of the River Dart. Its main embankment runs along the length of the town. The town, with its narrow streets and old buildings, has retained a historic atmosphere offering visitors a superb array of bistros, restaurants, boutiques and specialist shops. Passengers also have the option of a scenic cruise along the River Dart from Kingswear aboard the Paddle Steamer “Kingswear Castle”. All too soon, it is time to return to our train for the journey home. “Britannia” takes our train back to Westbury where a diesel locomotive takes over for the rest of the journey to Guilford. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Guilford 07:15 22:30 Wokingham 07:25 22:15 Theale 07:55 22:05 Newbury 08:15 21:45 Hungerford 08:23 21:35 Pewsey 08:35 21:20 Westbury 09:35 20:15 Paignton 12:00 17:30 Kingswear 13:00 16:45 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

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Junior

Family

Premier

£209

£129

£547

First

£135

£75

£345

Standard

£89

£55

£233


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The Hadrian Saturday 10th May 2014 Join us on a classic day out by ‘heritage’ train which combines travel along the delightful Tyne Valley Line through Hexham with the world famous Settle & Carlisle Railway. Motive power is provided by ex-LNER A4 class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” from York to Carlisle, over the ‘S&C’, and back to York. Class 86 ‘heritage’ electric locomotive No. 86259 “Les Ross” will haul the train on the East Coast Main Line, which enables some high speed running. Our train leaves London King’s Cross at around 07:20 hauled by class 86 electric locomotive No. 86259 “Les Ross”. This locomotive is retained for use on special trains and has the original ‘electric blue’ livery. We can expect some fast running as we head down the East Coast Main Line (ECML) and follow the route of famous trains of yesteryear such as the “Flying Scotsman”. We stop for passengers to join our train at Potters Bar, Stevenage and Peterborough. We climb Stoke Bank where “Mallard” set the world record for steam and speed along through Grantham, Newark, Retford and Doncaster to York. Here we change motive power and A4 class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” takes over the train for the onward journey. We leave York and pass the National Railway Museum as we head north along the ECML. We can expect some exhilarating running along the racing stretches of near straight and level track to Thirsk and Northallerton. We pass through Darlington and Durham, where there are dramatic views of the cathedral as we cross a viaduct. At Low Fell we leave the ECML and join the Tyne Valley line, a very scenic route which tracks Hadrian’s Wall, passing through places with Roman connections such as Corbridge, Hexham and Haltwhistle. We arrive at the ‘Border City’ of Carlisle where there will be a break of around one and a half hours. Our train leaves Carlisle at around 15:30 for the return journey via the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway Line. This is almost certainly the best known and most beautiful stretch of railway line in the country. The climbing begins soon after leaving Carlisle, and at Appleby we stop for our locomotive to take on water. We continue climbing through Kirkby Stephen to reach the highest railway summit in England at Ais Gill (1,169 feet). This is a magnificent route with superb scenery, splendid views across the Fells, tunnels and viaducts, including the famous one at Ribblehead. We descend to Settle Junction, stop for our locomotive to take on water, and then continue along the Aire Valley Line through Skipton, Keighley, and Leeds to York. Here we say goodbye to our A4 ‘Pacific’ and head south up ECML hauled by ‘electric blue’ class 86 No. 86259 “Les Ross”. We stop to set down passengers at Peterborough, Stevenage, Potters Bar and London King’s Cross.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London King’s Cross 07:20 22:45 Potters Bar 07:30 22:30 Stevenage 07:50 22:15 Peterborough 08:35 21:30 York 10:35 19:00 Carlisle 13:50 15:30 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£215

£142

£572

First

£135

£78

£348

Standard

£95

£69

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The Tin Bath Sunday 11th May 2014 Who can forget Compo, Clegg and Foggy rolling down a Yorkshire hillside in a tin bath for the long-running TV series “Last of the Summer Wine”? In honour of this immortal moment in one of the great TV comedies we have named this tour “The Tin Bath”. Our train takes in the railways of the South Pennines and the Peak District encompassing Derbyshire, Lancashire and South Yorkshire and visiting some routes rarely used by steam trains. Our train leaves Preston ‘double-headed’ by two former London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) ‘Black 5’s’ No. 44871 and No. 45407. We head south up the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and branch off towards Manchester. We travel via Ordsall Lane Junction and Manchester Oxford Road to reach Manchester Piccadilly Station where we collect further passengers. We now head south to Stockport. We then take the Hazel Grove Chord, built by British Rail in 1986 to link two routes and shorten journey times between Manchester and Sheffield. We follow the former Midland Railway route across the Peak District and pass through the beautiful Vale of Edale. We pass through Hathersage, a charming village associated with Robin Hood and the Eyre family of Brontë fame. We continue through the 3.5 mile long Totley Tunnel, first opened in 1892, before arrival at Sheffield where we have an hour’s break. Passengers may wish to visit the city centre, perhaps by the modern trams, and see snooker’s famous Crucible Theatre in the pedestrianised Tudor Square. On leaving Sheffield we head northwards to Wincobank Junction, adjacent to the famous Meadowhall Shopping Centre, where we join the Barnsley Line. It is a long climb from here up to Chapeltown, Wombwell and Barnsley. But it doesn’t end there! From Barnsley we take a single track line that climbs steeply at gradients of 1 in 50 and 1 in 57 up to Dodworth, where the gradient eases to 1 in 100. Soon afterwards we approach the former junction at Penistone where we steam over the magnificent 29-arch viaduct (bigger than Ribblehead!) before entering Penistone Station. We continue past Denby Dale (famous for its huge meat pies!) and the junction for the Kirklees Railway. We shall probably stop at Stocksmoor whilst a service train passes in the opposite direction. We descend to Huddersfield crossing many fine bridges and viaducts on the way, including the listed 32-arch Lockwood Viaduct. We continue to Brighouse where we pause for our steam locomotives to take on water. We then head for Hall Royd Junction where we take the steeply graded line to Copy Pit before descending through Burnley to Blackburn. We pass through Darwen on the climb up to Sough Tunnel, drop down to Bolton, and head back to Manchester Piccadilly where we stop to set down passengers. We change direction of travel and return to Preston hauled by a diesel locomotive.

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Approximate Timings Outward Return Preston 09:20 19:30 Manchester Victoria 10:30 18:20 Sheffield 12:30 13:30 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes Buck’s Fizz, morning tea or coffee served with a Danish pastry and a four course lunch silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£155

£99

£409

First

£105

£60

£270

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£69

£40

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The Welsh Borders Saturday 17th May 2014 Join us on this scenic circular tour by steam train through the beautiful Cotswold Hills and the Welsh Borders. Our destination is the cathedral city of Worcester, internationally famous as the home of Worcestershire Sauce. We travel outwards via the Golden Valley Line and the Cotswold Line to Worcester. We return by the Welsh Marches Line via Abergavenny. Our train will be hauled by West Country class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 34046 “Braunton”. We leave Bristol Temple Meads at around 07:10, steam hauled by “Braunton”, and head north to Gloucester. Here, our steam locomotive is turned and more passengers join the train. We now head south to Standish Junction where we join the Golden Valley Line, pass through Stroud, and climb steeply through the Cotswold Hills. The summit of the route is at Sapperton Tunnel and then it is downhill to Swindon, where we join the Great Western Main Line. There should be some fast running along the main line to Didcot, where at Foxhall Junction we take the line to Oxford, the university city of ‘dreaming spires’. At Wolvercot Junction we join the scenic Cotswold Line and pass through Finstock, Charlbury and Ascottunder-Wychwood. The Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of Cotswold stone, a yellow oolitic limestone. We pass through Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh, then through Campden Tunnel, down Honeybourne Bank to Evesham, and on to Worcester Shrub Hill. There will be over two and a half hours to explore this fine city where the 12th Century Worcester Cathedral overlooks the River Severn. It is also the home of Royal Worcester Porcelain, and the birthplace of the composer Sir Edward Elgar. We leave Worcester Shrub Hill at around 16:30 and stop to pick up passengers at Worcester Foregate Street, near to the city centre. We continue through Malvern, Ledbury and Hereford, where we join the Welsh Marches Line. We cross the border into Wales and pass through Abergavenny and Pontypool. At Maindee Junction we avoid Newport and join the South Wales Main Line. There are views of the Bristol Channel as we approach Severn Tunnel Junction where we stop for Gloucester passengers to alight to complete their journey by service train. We continue through the Severn Tunnel to journeys end at Bristol Temple Meads.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Bristol Temple Meads 07:10 22:30 Gloucester 09:30 -------* Worcester Shrub Hill 13:50 16:30 *Gloucester

passengers return from Severn Tunnel Junction by service train. There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£189

£120

£498

First

£135

£80

£350

Standard

£89

£55

£233

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The West Somerset Explorer Saturday 24th May 2014 This special train links two of the country’s foremost Heritage Railways, the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) and the West Somerset Railway (WSR). It provides a rare opportunity to travel by through train from Bridgnorth (SVR) and stations in the West Midlands to Minehead (WSR). Steam haulage will be provided by Battle of Britain class ‘Pacific’ No. 34067 “Tangmere” between Bridgnorth and Bishops Lydeard and back to Bristol. Our train leaves Bridgnorth, at the northern end of the SVR, at around 08:30 and heads south hauled by Battle of Britain class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 34067 “Tangmere”. We travel along the picturesque valley of the River Severn and pass through immaculately preserved railway stations en route to stops at Bewdley and Kidderminster, where more passengers can board the train. At Kidderminster, we change direction of travel and then set off up the main line hauled by No. 34067 “Tangmere”. We stop at Droitwich Spa and Worcester Shrub Hill for more passengers, and then join the former Midland Railway main line from Birmingham to Bristol at Abbotswood Junction. We travel through pleasant agricultural countryside with Bredon Hill to the east and the distant Malvern Hills to the west. We stop at Cheltenham Spa, for passengers to join our train, before by-passing Gloucester and continuing to Bristol Temple Meads, our final stop for passengers. We can expect some fast running across the Somerset Levels as we pass through Highbridge and Bridgwater en route to Taunton. Soon after leaving Taunton we arrive at Norton Fitzwarren where we transfer to the WSR, the longest Heritage Railway in the country. We continue to Bishops Lydeard where a WSR steam locomotive will take over our train for the remainder of the journey to Minehead. The WSR runs along the edge of the Quantock Hills between Bishops Lydeard and Watchet where it meets the coast. The line then turns inland to Washford and returns to the coast at Blue Anchor, Dunster, with its magnificent castle, and Minehead. There will be more than two hours to explore Minehead, a delightful Bristol Channel seaside resort where the railway station is close to the beach. Our train leaves Minehead for the return journey at around 16:55 hauled by a WSR steam locomotive. At Bishops Lydeard No. 34067 “Tangmere” will take over the train for the return journey to Bristol Temple Meads. Our train will be diesel hauled from Bristol Temple Meads and stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Bridgnorth 08:30 22:30 Bewdley 09:40 21:45 Kidderminster 10:00 21:15 Droitwich Spa 10:15 20:55 Worcester 10:30 20:40 Cheltenham Spa 11:30 20:00 Bristol Temple Meads 12:20 19:25 Bishops Lydeard 13:15 18:15 Minehead 14:30 16:55 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Fares

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Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£199

£139

£537

First

£130

£85

£345

Standard

£84

£59

£227


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The Cheshireman Monday 26th May 2014 This tour offers a unique opportunity to travel by ‘heritage’ train to the historic city of Chester. The train will be hauled between London Euston and Chester by Britannia class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell”. We can expect some spirited running down the West Coast Main Line to Crewe. “The Cheshireman” recalls the days of over 50 years ago when named express trains were hauled by Britannia class steam locomotives. Be sure to book early to join us on this historic occasion. “Oliver Cromwell” will steam out of London Euston with “The Cheshireman” at around 09:30 and immediately begin working hard on the climb up Camden Bank. We stop to pick up more passengers at Watford Junction and then continue through Watford Tunnel into rural Hertfordshire. We stop to pick up further passengers at the 1960’s ‘new town’ of Milton Keynes and then at Hanslope Junction, we leave the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and take the Northampton loop line. Our final stop for passengers is at Northampton Station. We continue northwards and pass the Daventry Railfreight Terminal (DIRFT) before rejoining the WCML at Rugby, the birthplace of rugby football and the jet engine. We then follow the Trent Valley Line to Nuneaton and Lichfield, notable for its three-spired medieval cathedral. Soon after Rugeley we pass through Shugborough Tunnel with its ornamental grand entrances, the result of conditions required by the Earl of Lichfield for building the line across his estate. We continue northwards through Stafford to the famous railway junction town of Crewe where we take the North Wales Coast line to Chester. There will be over three hours to explore the Roman city of Chester, one of the most visited places in the UK. Chester lies on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales, and is one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain. The city contains a number of medieval buildings and is famous for its 14th Century ‘Rows’, the first floor level galleried walkways connecting shops and cafes. Other places of interest include the Castle, the Cathedral, and the picturesque racecourse which is located between the city walls and the River Dee.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London Euston 09:30 20:25 Watford Junction 09:55 20:00 Milton Keynes 10:30 19:30 Northampton 11:00 19:00 Chester 13:35 17:00 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Our special train leaves Chester for the return journey at around 17:00 steam hauled by No. 70013. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers.

Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£199

£150

£548

First

£135

£78

£348

Standard

£79

£48

£206

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The Southern Irishman Saturday 31st May 2014 This train to South West Wales offers a marvellous day out passing through some wonderful scenery just waiting to be discovered. It provides a rare opportunity for passengers from Birmingham and the West Midlands to travel by steam train in the Principality. The train will be hauled by ‘Castle’ class steam locomotive No. 5029 “Nunney Castle” from Newport to Carmarthen and from Fishguard Harbour to Newport. Why not join us for a memorable outing? Our train leaves Birmingham International, diesel hauled, at around 06:10 and stops to pick up further passengers at Birmingham New Street, Barnt Green, Worcester Shrub Hill, Cheltenham Spa and Gloucester. It then heads southwards skirting the picturesque Severn Estuary, passing through Lydney and over the border into Wales at Chepstow. There is a stop at Newport to pick up more passengers and for our steam locomotive to replace the diesel locomotive on our train. We can expect some fast running to Cardiff where our train makes its final stop to pick up passengers. We continue westwards along the South Wales Main Line. At Briton Ferry we take the Swansea District Line to Llangennech, thus by-passing Swansea. We stop at Carmarthen for our steam locomotive to be serviced and passengers will have an opportunity to visit the town, perhaps including the famous castle. A class 47 diesel locomotive will haul our train onwards to Fishguard Harbour where there will be time to explore the harbour area. Our steam locomotive “Nunney Castle” will be hauling our train when we leave Fishguard Harbour and travel up the steep and twisting gradients to Clarbeston Road. We continue to Whitland, the junction for the line to Pembroke Dock, and then bypass Carmarthen by taking the south curve for Llanelli. We follow the main line through the outskirts of Swansea where our steam locomotive will be tested on the steep ascent of Cockett Bank. Later we should make rapid progress along the South Wales Main Line and all too soon we reach our first set down stop at Cardiff. At Newport we say goodbye to “Nunney Castle” and a class 47 diesel locomotive will take our train back to Birmingham International. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Birmingham Int. 06:10 22:40 Birmingham New St. 06:30 22:45 Barnt Green 06:50 22:05 Worcester Shrub Hill 07:15 21:40 Cheltenham Spa 07:35 21:00 Gloucester 07:50 20:45 Newport 08:55 19:55 Cardiff 09:35 18:55 Carmarthen (Arrive) 12:00 ------Carmarthen (Depart) 13:30 ------Fishguard Harbour 14:30 15:45 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Fares

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Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£199

£119

£555

First

£129

£58

£310

Standard

£82

£41

£200


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The Royal Duchy Sundays 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th June, 6th July, 7th, 14th, 21st September 2014 These ever popular summer day trips by steam train run from Bristol Temple Meads, Yatton and Taunton to Devon & Cornwall. The Royal Duchy was a named train from the 1950’s and we recreate those halcyon days of yesteryear. The spectacular journey through some of the most varied and exciting scenery in the country includes running beside the sea at Dawlish, a series of steep inclines known as the South Devon Banks, and crossing Brunel’s famous Saltash Bridge into Cornwall. Our train departs Bristol Temple Meads at around 08:30 and calls to pick up further passengers at Yatton and Taunton. Our steam locomotive will then be working hard as it tackles the climb to Whiteball Summit. We stop at Exeter St. David’s Station for our locomotive to take on water and this will provide an opportunity to take photos. On leaving Exeter we follow the Exe Estuary to the sea at Dawlish, and then continue along the sea wall to Teignmouth, one of Britain’s most famous stretches of railway line.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Bristol Temple Meads 08:40 22:30 Yatton 09:05 22:05 Taunton 09:45 21:15 Exeter 11:20 20:15 Plymouth 13:00 19:00 Par 14:00 17:45 There are three classes available:

After Newton Abbot, our steam locomotive will demonstrate her real strength as she powers up some of the steepest main line gradients in the country. First there is the difficult climb to the summit at Dainton Tunnel, followed by a dramatic drop down to Totnes; then an equally difficult climb up Rattery Bank before descending to Plymouth. Passengers have the option to alight at Plymouth or remain on the train to Par. There will be around four hours free time to explore this historic maritime city which includes the Hoe, the ancient Barbican and seafront areas, and the National Marine Aquarium. After leaving Plymouth, we cross the River Tamar on Brunel’s masterpiece, the Royal Albert Bridge, and enter Cornwall. Our train continues through the magnificent Cornish countryside before arriving at Par where there will be a break of more than three hours while our steam locomotive is turned and serviced. Buses will take passengers from Par, at no extra charge, to visit either the picturesque seaside town of Fowey or the harbour village of Charlestown. The latter is a working port and home to the Shipwreck, Rescue & Heritage Centre. We leave Par at around 17:45 and stop at Plymouth to pick up those passengers who chose to alight there. Our train returns to Bristol, steam hauled, stopping to set down passengers at Taunton and Yatton. The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip were all built for use on express passenger trains and come from the following pool: No. 5029 “Nunney Castle”, Castle class 4-6-0, built at Swindon in 1934 by the Great Western Railway (GWR). No. 34067 “Tangmere” unrebuilt ‘Battle of Britain’ class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Brighton in 1947 by the SR. No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” Britannia class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a three course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£179

£139

£497

First

£129

£76

£334

Standard

£79

£49

£207

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Robin Boyle

The Swanage Belle Wednesday 4th June and Thursday 19th June 2014 A unique experience awaits those who join this day trip by steam train to Swanage. It uses the re-opened rail link from Wareham to the Swanage Railway which is available only to specially chartered trains. Swanage is a superb seaside destination where the railway station is situated close to the town centre. The train will be hauled by ex-Southern Railway ‘Battle of Britain’ class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 steam locomotive No. 34067 “Tangmere”. We leave London Victoria Station at around 08:45, hauled by our steam locomotive, and cross the River Thames at Battersea and at Barnes. We pass through Feltham and stop at Staines to pick up more passengers and then re-cross the river Thames. We join the South Western Main Line at Byfleet Junction and stop at Woking to pick up further passengers. At Winchfield, we stop for our steam locomotive to take on water. Our final stop to pick up passengers is at Basingstoke. We leave the West of England Main Line at Worting Junction and head through Winchester and Southampton to Bournemouth. We pass through Poole, where there are spectacular views of Poole Harbour, and continue to Wareham. We leave the Weymouth Line at Worgret Junction and take the re-opened link to Norden and the ‘end on’ junction with the Swanage Railway. There are magnificent views of Corfe Castle as we head towards Swanage along this Heritage Railway. There will be more than three hours for passengers to explore the pleasant seaside resort of Swanage with its sandy beach and Victorian pier. Durlston Castle is in Durlston Country Park & Nature Reserve from where there are stupendous views along the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Park contains Anvil Point Lighthouse; the 40 ton stone Great Globe; fascinating artefacts from London; and an amazing diversity of wildlife. The Park is one mile from the town and can be reached by bus from the railway station or by walking via public footpaths. Our train leaves Swanage for the return journey at around 17:15 and is diesel hauled to Southampton where steam locomotive No. 34067 “Tangmere” takes over. We then take a different route from the outward journey, via Romsey to the outskirts of Salisbury where we join the West of England Main Line at Laverstock North Junction. We travel up the main line through Andover and then stop at Basingstoke, Woking, and Staines, to set down passengers. The train is due to arrive in London Victoria soon after 22:00.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London Victoria 08:45 22:05 Staines 09:35 21:10 Woking 10:10 20:35 Basingstoke 10:40 20:05 Swanage 13:30 17:15 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

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£150

£548

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£135

£79

£349

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£88

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James Shuttleworth

The Wizards Express Saturday 7th June 2014 Join us for a magical journey in vintage red carriages hauled by former Great Western Railway 4-6-0 steam locomotive No. 5972 “Olton Hall”. “Olton Hall” and its red carriages starred as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films and the steam locomotive was renamed “Hogwarts Castle” for the series. We are offering you a very rare opportunity to ride on a train behind this famous steam locomotive travelling from Carnforth to York and return. Our train leaves Manchester Victoria at around 07:20 hauled by a diesel locomotive. It stops at Bolton, Wigan North Western, Preston and Lancaster to collect more passengers. On arrival at Carnforth, the diesel locomotive is replaced by steam locomotive No. 5972 “Olton Hall”. The “Wizards Express” is now complete! On leaving Carnforth we climb steeply, crossing over the West Coast Main Line, and pass through the beautiful north Lancashire countryside. We then skirt the Yorkshire Dales passing through delightful villages such as Bentham, Clapham and Giggleswick en route to Skipton. We now follow the valley of the River Aire and soon pass through Keighley, itself a well known film venue. The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway was used extensively for filming “The Railway Children” which is based on the children’s book of the same name written by Edith Nesbit. We pass through Leeds and continue to York where there will be around four hours to explore the city. York is a fascinating city to visit at any time of the year. It has a huge variety of attractions including the world famous National Railway Museum, the Minster, the Shambles, the Castle and its museum, and the Viking Jorvik Centre. Open top buses leave from the railway station forecourt on tours around the city. It is also possible to walk round the medieval city walls which provide fine views of the city. Our train leaves York for the return journey at around 16:30 and will be hauled by steam locomotive No. 5972 “Olton Hall”. We follow the same route back to Carnforth where we say ‘goodbye’ to our steam locomotive which will then be taken to the Warner Bros Museum for the rest of its days. A diesel locomotive will haul our train back to Manchester Victoria, stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Manchester Victoria 07:20 21:30 Bolton 07:35 21:15 Wigan North Western 07:50 21:00 Preston 08:10 20:45 Lancaster 08:35 20:15 Carnforth 09:15 19:40 York 12:30 16:30 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

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£129

£507

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£125

£75

£325

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£39

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The Cumbrian Coast Express Saturday 14th June 2014 Here is a rare opportunity to travel by steam train along the spectacular Cumbrian Coast line, with fine views of rugged cliffs and the Irish Sea. Our train will be hauled from London Euston to Carnforth by class 86 electric locomotive No. 86259 “Les Ross” in its original ‘electric blue’ livery. From Carnforth we shall be steam hauled to Carlisle and back to Carnforth by ex-LMS ‘Jubilee’ class 4-6-0 steam locomotive No. 45699 “Galatea”. Our train leaves London Euston at around 07:10 with electric traction, and speeds north along the West Coast Main Line. We stop to pick up more passengers at Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Rugby (where passengers from Northampton join by service train), Nuneaton, Crewe and Preston. At Carnforth, we change locomotives and steam locomotive No. 45699 “Galatea” takes over our train for the onward journey. We pass through Silverdale and over the Kent Viaduct where there are excellent views across Morecambe Bay. We continue through Grange-over-Sands, then cross the Leven Viaduct en route to Ulverston. We have requested to travel the loop line through Barrow-in-Furness but if this route is refused we shall use the direct link between Dalton and Park South Junction. We now head north along the Cumbrian Coast, through Foxfield, Millom, Ravenglass and Sellafield. We then hug the coastline as far as St. Bees, travelling beside the seashore with fine views over the Irish Sea. We pass through Whitehaven, then beside the cliffs at Parton, before arriving at Workington where our steam locomotive takes on water. The line between Maryport and Carlisle has limited clearance and formerly carriages had bars across window openings to prevent passengers leaning out and being injured when passing bridges. The restrictions still exist and on no account should any passenger attempt to open windows and lean out during this part of the journey. Soon we arrive in the ‘Border City’ of Carlisle where there will be a short break and time to discover the sights. Later in the afternoon, steam locomotive No. 45699 “Galatea” hauls our train south from Carlisle. We climb almost continuously through the Eastern Lake District to Penrith, before tackling the final ascent to Shap Summit. We descend from the summit to Tebay then pass through the beautiful Lune Gorge before continuing to descend through Oxenholme Lake District to Carnforth. Here we say ‘goodbye’ to our steam locomotive and the blue electric locomotive No. 86259 takes over the train for a fast run to London. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London Euston 07:10 22:20 Watford Junction 07:30 21:50 Milton Keynes 08:00 21:15 Northampton* 07:40 21:15 Rugby 08:25 20:38 Nuneaton 08:45 20:20 Crewe 09:45 19:15 Preston 10:30 18:20 Carlisle 15:00 16:30 *Northampton

passengers travel to and from Rugby by service train. There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Fares

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£199

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£85

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Bob Green

The Cumbrian Mountain Express Saturday 21st June 2014 This day trip by special train provides a rare opportunity for those in the north-east of England to travel over the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway Line and the Tyne Valley Line. The train will be hauled by A4 class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” from Newcastle to Carlisle via York and back to Newcastle via the Tyne Valley Line. Don’t miss out, book soon and take advantage of this unusual journey by steam train through some of Britain’s most spectacular scenery. Our train leaves Newcastle at around 08:30 hauled by A4 ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” and crosses the spectacular King Edward Bridge over the River Tyne. We head south up the East Coast Main Line (ECML), stopping at Durham and Darlington for more passengers to join the train. We can expect some fast running as we continue through Northallerton and Thirsk to York, our final stop for passengers. We leave the ECML at Colton Junction and travel to Leeds where we take the Aire Valley Line through Keighley to Skipton. We pass through Hellifield and join the Settle & Carlisle Railway at Settle Junction. We now begin one of the most arduous climbs on Britain’s railways, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100 – a real test for our steam locomotive. We cross the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. We pass the highest railway station in England at Dent and continue through majestic moorland scenery, crossing over bridges and passing through tunnels. There are superb views across the Fells to the Pennine ‘Three Peaks’ of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit. We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and descend to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where we stop for our locomotive to take on water. We pass through the Eden Valley and arrive in the ‘Border City’ of Carlisle where there will be almost two hours to explore this ancient city. Our steam hauled train leaves Carlisle for the return journey at around 16:55. We head east along the Tyne Valley Line climbing up to Brampton, where the inventor of the ‘printed card with date stamped’ railway ticket, Thomas Edmondson, was once station master. We are shadowing the route of Hadrian’s Wall, which is to the north, and pass through places with Roman connections including Haltwhistle, Hexham and Corbridge. We pass the Gateshead MetroCentre, the largest shopping and leisure centre in the UK, before crossing the King Edward Bridge and entering Newcastle Central Station. Here we say ‘goodbye’ to our A4 ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive. We return to York diesel hauled, stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Newcastle 08:30 18:35 Durham 09:00 19:30 Darlington 09:30 20:00 York 10:45 20:25 Carlisle 14:55 16:55 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

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£189

£150

£528

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£125

£85

£335

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£59

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The East Riding Saturday 28th June 2014 This is a very unusual opportunity to travel by steam train crossing the Yorkshire Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The train will be steam hauled throughout from London King’s Cross to Hull where it will take the Yorkshire Coast Line through Beverley and Bridlington to Scarborough. Our train will be hauled by Britannia class steam locomotive No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell”. There will be almost two hours in Scarborough to explore this popular North Sea coastal resort. We leave London King’s Cross at around 08:20 and storm through Gasworks and Copenhagen tunnels as we climb Holloway Bank to Finsbury Park. We stop at Potters Bar and Stevenage to collect further passengers. We can expect some fast running down the East Coast Main Line (ECML) before we stop for our locomotive to take on water and collect more passengers at Peterborough and Grantham. We continue northwards through Newark and Retford to Doncaster where we leave the ECML.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London King’s Cross 08:20 21:55 Potters Bar 08:40 21:35 Stevenage 09:05 21:10 Peterborough 10:20 19:30 Grantham 10:50 19:00 Scarborough 13:30 15:30 There are three classes available:

We travel north-eastwards from Doncaster to Goole where we cross the River Ouse on a railway swing bridge which is considered to be the finest of its type in the British Isles. We head east along the north bank of the River Humber with fine views over the Estuary. We pass under the Humber Bridge and continue into Hull. At Anlaby Junction we diverge from the approach to Hull Station and join the Yorkshire Coast Line. We pass through the interesting town of Beverley, noted for its Minster and racecourse, and into the Yorkshire Wolds, an area of low chalk hills. We continue through Driffield, the former junction of the Yorkshire Wolds Railway to Malton, and to Bridlington where the station buffet is one of only three original station buffets left in the UK. The line is single track north from Bridlington and we face a 5.5 mile climb at 1 in 92 through Bempton. We join the line from York at Seamer and continue to our destination at Scarborough, where the railway station features the longest station seat in the world! Scarborough is a large town on the North Sea coast with two sandy bays linked by an extensive Victorian promenade. The ruins of Scarborough Castle stand on a high rocky promontory which separates the two bays. The railway station is close to the town centre which contains a pedestrianised shopping street, the Brunswick shopping centre, an indoor market, and a large range of antique shops. After a two hour break, our train leaves Scarborough, steam hauled by “Oliver Cromwell”, for the return journey to London King’s Cross. We travel westwards through Malton and Castle Howard to York, and then southwards along the ECML. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down our passengers.

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Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

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£209

£159

£577

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£139

£83

£361

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£89

£55

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Bob Green

The Royal Wessex Saturday 5th July 2014 Join us on this delightful day trip by steam train to Dorset with the option of spending time at Bournemouth, Wareham or Weymouth. The “Royal Wessex” recalls the days of named steam trains from the 1950’s on the former Southern Region of British Railways. We recreate this train which ran from London Waterloo to the same three destinations and was sometimes hauled by the same types of ‘pacific’ steam locomotives as our train. The “Royal Wessex” leaves Three Bridges early on Saturday morning hauled by rebuilt ‘West Country’ class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 34046 “Braunton”. The train stops at Haywards Heath to pick up more passengers, and at Preston Park, where passengers from the Brighton area can join the train. Our train by-passes Brighton, taking the West Coastway Line, with stops at Hove and Worthing for further passengers. The route follows the south coast of England with brief glimpses of the sea at Shoreham and between Chichester and Havant. We pass through Fareham and Southampton before entering the New Forest, the picturesque area of heathland and forest, famous for its ponies. After Brockenhurst, we enter Dorset before stopping at Bournemouth to set down those passengers who have chosen to visit this famous seaside resort, with its beautiful gardens, ‘pine’ walks and sandy beaches. We continue westwards to Poole where there are spectacular views across the harbour. We stop at Wareham where passengers can choose to alight to visit the town, or maybe Corfe Castle and the Swanage Railway. We travel through classic Dorset countryside and delightful scenery between Wareham and Dorchester, and then descend steeply to the coast at Weymouth. There will be over three hours in Weymouth for those who choose this option. This provides ample time to visit the beach and shops, which are close to the railway station, or to venture further afield to the Old Harbour or Nothe Fort. Our train leaves Weymouth for the return journey at around 16:30 hauled by ‘Battle of Britain’ class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 34067 “Tangmere”. We climb Upwey Bank which is a very steep climb and our steam locomotive will be working flat out. We call at Wareham and Bournemouth to collect those passengers who left the train at these stations on the outward journey. We continue to stops for setting down passengers at Worthing, Hove, Preston Park, Haywards Heath and Three Bridges.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Three Bridges 07:00 21:55 Haywards Heath 07:20 21:42 Preston Park 08:11 21:04 Hove 08:16 20:59 Worthing 08:33 20:42 Bournemouth 12:00 17:45 Wareham 12:30 17:15 Weymouth 13:10 16:35 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

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£199

£149

£547

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£135

£75

£345

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£85

£55

£225

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BOb Green

The Coast to Coast Express Saturday 5th July 2014 The “Coast to Coast Express” is a day trip by special train travelling from Liverpool to Scarborough and back, thus linking the Irish Sea with the North Sea. The journey includes some spectacular scenery crossing the Pennines and the option of visiting either York or Scarborough. We expect that the train will be hauled by the ex-LMS 4-6-0 steam locomotive No. 6100 “Royal Scot”. However, should that locomotive not be available then No. 6201 “Princess Elizabeth” will deputise. At around 07:50 the “Coast to Coast Express” will leave Liverpool Lime Street, hauled by a powerful steam locomotive. It will stop to pick up further passengers at Runcorn, Northwich, Atrincham and Stockport. We continue through Stalybridge Station, famous for retaining its original buffet, and then climb into the Pennines passing through Standedge Tunnel, one of the longest in the UK. We descend to Huddersfield, where we pick up further passengers, then follow the route of the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to Wakefield Kirkgate. Our train heads through Castleford to York where our steam locomotive takes on water. Passengers may leave the train at York or continue to Scarborough. York is a fascinating city to visit at any time of the year, with a huge variety of interesting places to see. It has some of the best preserved historical buildings in Europe, the city walls, Minster, Shambles, Jorvik Centre and the superb National Railway Museum. Open-topped buses leave from York Railway Station for tours around the city. For those passengers who choose to travel to Scarborough, we leave York and take the Scarborough line, immediately crossing the River Ouse, with views of the Minster. We should have a fast run through the Vale of York before slowing for the curves that follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey. We pass through Malton and Seamer before arriving in Scarborough. Scarborough is a Victorian spa town and the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast. It has been named as the most enterprising town in Britain and provides all the facilities you would expect at an established seaside resort. It has two beautiful bays, the North Bay and South Bay, providing safe sandy beaches, and a busy harbour with an active fish quay. Our train leaves Scarborough, steam hauled, at around 16:40 and stops at York to pick up those passengers who chose to visit the city. We return to Liverpool, stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

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Approximate Timings Outward Return Liverpool Lime Street 07:50 21:00 Runcorn 08:05 20:45 Northwich 08:15 20:35 Altrincham 08.30 20:05 Stockport 08:45 19:55 Huddersfield 09:20 19:15 York 11:00 17:40 Scarborough 12:00 16:40 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

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£179

£120

£478

First

£101

£49

£251

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£77

£35

£189


Bob Green

The Dorset Coast Express Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th July, all in August, 3rd, 10th September 2014 We are offering a number of lovely summer day trips from London to Weymouth and back by steam train, providing plenty of opportunity to visit the beautiful Dorset coast. Each train will be hauled by a steam locomotive that was built for express passenger train work. An added attraction, on leaving Weymouth, will be the steam locomotive at the rear of the train to ‘bank’ it on the steep climb of Upwey Bank as far as Dorchester South. Our train leaves London Victoria Station at around 08:45 and travels westwards, crossing the Thames at Barnes Bridge, through Kew and Feltham. We stop at Staines and Woking to pick up further passengers. At Winchfield, we stop for our steam locomotive to take on water before continuing to our final pick up point at Basingstoke. We leave the South Western Main Line at Worting Junction and take the Bournemouth Line, heading south through Winchester and Southampton.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London Victoria 08:45 20:50 # Staines 09:35 -------* Woking 10:05 20:10 Basingstoke 10:55 19:30 Bournemouth 12:50 17:45 Weymouth 13:45 16:35 # Returns

We stop at Bournemouth to set down those passengers wishing to visit this coastal resort. After leaving Bournemouth, there are spectacular views of Poole Harbour. We continue to Wareham and Dorchester travelling through classic Dorset countryside and delightful scenery. We arrive at Weymouth at around 13:45 and have over three hours there to discover much of what this seaside town has to offer. The railway station is close to the beach and shops. We return from Weymouth at around 16:35 and our train will be hauled by one steam locomotive and ‘banked’ at the rear by another. We climb Upwey Bank which is a very steep climb and our steam locomotives will be working flat out. We stop at Dorchester South to detach our ‘banker’. We stop at Bournemouth to collect those passengers who left the train there on the outward journey. Our next stop is at Basingstoke, where we set down passengers and our steam locomotive takes on water. We expect a fast run along the main line from Basingstoke to Woking, where we stop to set down passengers, and on to our final destination at London Waterloo. The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 30777 “Sir Lamiel” N15 ‘King Arthur’ class 4-6-0, built by the North British Locomotive Company in 1925, for use on express passenger trains on the Southern Railway. No. 34046 “Braunton” West Country class ‘Pacific’4-6-2, built at Brighton Works in 1946 for Southern Railway (SR) and rebuilt in 1959, for use on express passenger trains. No. 34067 “Tangmere” unrebuilt ‘Battle of Britain’ class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Brighton in 1947 by the Southern Railway, for use on express passenger trains. No. 70000 “Britannia” ‘Britannia’ class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, the first ‘standard’ to be built, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

to London Waterloo Station.

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for Staines change at Waterloo on the return journey. There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Fares

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Junior

Family

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£189

£134

£512

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£119

£71

£309

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£79

£42

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The Cumbrian Mountain Express Saturday 12th July and Saturday 19th July 2014 These trains recreate the early days of steam rail tours in the 1980’s when travelling over the Settle & Carlisle Railway was the icing on the cake in the main line ‘steam’ calendar. We have a high speed journey down the West Coast Main Line to Carnforth hauled by a blue class 86 electric locomotive. We then enjoy a circular steam tour outwards via Shap to Carlisle and back to Preston via the Settle and Carlisle line. We return to London behind our blue electric locomotive. We leave London Euston at around 07:10 hauled by class 86 electric locomotive No. 86259 “Les Ross”. This locomotive is retained for use on special trains and has the original ‘electric blue’ livery. We can expect some fast running as we head down the West Coast Main Line (WCML). Our train stops to pick up passengers at Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Rugby (where passengers from Northampton join by service train), Nuneaton, Crewe and Preston. We continue north along the WCML to Carnforth where we change locomotives and ex-LNER A4 class ‘Pacific’ No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” takes over the train. On leaving Carnforth we begin climbing almost immediately and passing through Oxenholme Lake District encounter the first severe gradient up to Grayrigg. We then travel through the beautiful Lune Gorge, passing Tebay and gaining speed for the iconic ‘ascent to Shap’. After crossing the Cumbrian Fells we descend to Penrith, and then head for Carlisle. There will be around an hour and a half in Carlisle, providing time to explore this ancient city with its castle, cathedral, Tullie House Museum and Lanes Shopping Centre. Our train leaves Carlisle at around 14:30 and joins the Settle & Carlisle Railway, one of the most well known and best loved stretches of railway line in Britain. We soon begin climbing, and then at Appleby, we stop for our steam locomotive to take on water. The climbing continues through scenic Kirkby Stephen, towards the highest railway summit in England at Ais Gill, 1169 feet above sea level. We pass over high viaducts, including the famous one at Ribblehead, and through tunnels. There are magnificent views across the Fells and to the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. We should have a fast run out of the hills, through Settle, until we stop again for our locomotive to take on water. Our journey continues through Hellifield, Clitheroe and Blackburn to Preston, where we say goodbye to our steam locomotive. Our ‘electric blue’ class 86 electric locomotive takes over the train for a fast run back to London. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Approximate Timings Outward Return London Euston 07:10 22:10 Watford Junction 07:30 21:50 Milton Keynes 08:00 21:15 Northampton* 07:40 21:15 Rugby 08:25 20:38 Nuneaton 08:45 20:20 Crewe 09:45 19:15 Preston 10:30 18:20 Carlisle 12:40 14:30 *Northampton

passengers travel to and from Rugby by service train. There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Fares

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Junior

Family

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£199

£129

£527

First

£135

£75

£345

Standard

£79

£39

£197


Bob Green

The Weymouth Seaside Express Sundays 13th, 20th, 27th July, 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th August 2014 A trip down memory lane awaits those who join this special train which recreates the days of seaside excursions run by British Railways in the 1950’s. The train will be hauled by a steam locomotive that will evoke the past and complete this nostalgic experience. Our destination is the attractive seaside town of Weymouth – a traditional English seaside resort that has managed to preserve much of its charm. This is a lovely outing for a summer day. Our special train leaves Bristol Temple Meads at around 08:20, hauled by our steam locomotive, and heads eastwards. We stop to pick up passengers at Keynsham and Bath. We take the route up the picturesque Avon Valley, travelling southwards to Trowbridge and Westbury, where we make stops to pick up more passengers. We head westwards from Westbury along the West of England main line to Bruton. At Castle Cary, we leave the main line and head south on the single track Weymouth Branch. We stop at Yeovil Pen Mill for our steam locomotive to take on water, and then there follows a long steep climb through the Dorset Hills up to the summit at Evershot Tunnel. Our steam locomotive will be working flat out on this exhilarating climb. It is mainly downhill from Evershot Summit through Maiden Newton, and the picturesque town of Dorchester, to Weymouth. There will be around five hours in Weymouth to explore this much loved south coast seaside resort. It is located on the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a beautifully wide sandy beach near to the railway station. Other attractions include the Old Harbour; Brewers Quay, shopping village; and Nothe Fort, where there are spectacular views over both Weymouth and Portland harbours. Open top buses operate to the Isle of Portland, where there is a castle and lighthouse, and there are boat trips from Weymouth Harbour around Portland Harbour.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Bristol Temple Meads 08:20 20:15 Keynsham 08:30 20:05 Bath 08:45 19:50 Trowbridge 09:10 19:15 Westbury 09:25 20:20 Weymouth 11:25 17:00 There are two classes available: First Class includes a first class seat in a first class carriage usually at a table for four. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

We leave Weymouth for our return journey at around 17:00 and head north up the steep Bincombe Bank (1 in 50) to Dorchester. Later we climb up to Evershot Summit from the south side before the descent to Yeovil Pen Mill. We stop at Westbury, Trowbridge, Bath and Keynsham to set down passengers. Finally we arrive at Bristol Temple Meads where we say goodbye to our steam locomotive. The steam locomotive used on this day trip will be one of the following: No. 5029 “Nunney Castle”, Castle class 4-6-0, built at Swindon in 1934 by the Great Western Railway (GWR), for use on express passenger trains. No. 34046 “Braunton”, West Country class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Brighton in 1946 for the Southern Railway and rebuilt in 1959, for use on express passenger trains. Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

First

£89

£56

£234

Standard

£65

£39

£169

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The Waverley Sundays 20th, 27th July, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st August, 7th September 2014 This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle & Carlisle Railway Line, probably the most famous railway route in Britain. There is also the option of visiting the Cumbrian market town of Appleby or the border city of Carlisle. We have three steam locomotives available for these trains, types that were regularly seen on this route in the ‘days of steam’. Our steam hauled train leaves York at 09:15 and heads for Church Fenton where we take the route to Leeds. We stop to pick up more passengers at Leeds, Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton. There will be a stop for our steam locomotive to take on water before we join the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway at Settle Junction. Here begins one of the most arduous climbs on Britain’s railway network, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. We pass through the highest station in England at Dent, travelling through tunnels and crossing valleys on bridges. There are magnificent views across the Fells to the Pennine ‘Three Peaks’ of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final ascent to Ais Gill Summit (1,169 feet). We travel high above the valley at Mallerstang and then drop down through Kirkby Stephen to Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers who choose to alight at Appleby will have around four hours to visit this historic market town which lies in a loop of the picturesque River Eden. Passengers choosing to continue to Carlisle will have over one and a half hours to explore the ‘Border City’, possibly visiting the castle, cathedral, Tullie House Museum or the Lanes Shopping Centre. Our train leaves Carlisle for the return journey at around 15:45 and climbs almost continually for just under 50 miles back up to Ais Gill. We stop, en route, at Appleby for our steam locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. We continue to stops at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds, and York, to set down passengers. One of the three following steam locomotives will be used on this day trip: No. 44932 class 5 (‘Black 5’) 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), a ‘mixed traffic’ locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 45699 “Galatea” Jubilee class 4-6-0, built at Crewe in 1936 by the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains. No. 46115 “Scots Guardsman” rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains.

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Approximate Timings Outward Return York 09:15 20:30 Leeds 09:50 19:45 Shipley 10:10 19:25 Keighley 10:25 19:10 Skipton 10:45 18:55 Appleby 12:50 16:55 Carlisle 14:00 15:45 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£179

£139

£497

First

£115

£69

£299

Standard

£69

£45

£183


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The Scarborough Flyer Every Friday from 25th July to 5th September 2014 The “Scarborough Flyer” is a summer series of steam trains running on Fridays from the end of July, throughout August, and into September. The trains originate at Crewe and pick up passengers at stations on a scenic route through Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire. There is a choice of destination, either York or Scarborough. The trains will be hauled by an express passenger steam locomotive evoking memories of the 1950’s and a former train named the “Scarborough Flyer”. The steam hauled “Scarborough Flyer” leaves Crewe at around 07:00 and heads north along the main line towards Manchester, stopping at Wilmslow and Stockport to pick up more passengers. The train skirts around Manchester and passes through Stalybridge, famous for retaining its original Buffet Bar which first opened in 1885. The route climbs into the Pennines and passes through Standedge Tunnel where the adjacent bore is the highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain. We continue to Huddersfield and Wakefield Kirkgate where we stop to pick up more passengers. Our train travels through Castleford to York, where those passengers who choose this destination will have around six hours to explore the city. The city’s rich heritage and wealth of historic attractions can be appreciated by visiting such sights as the Minster, The Shambles, the Castle Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre and, of course, the superb National Railway Museum. It is possible to walk around the medieval city walls which provide fine views of the city. On leaving York, our train takes the Scarborough line and immediately crosses the River Ouse, with superb views of the Minster. We should have a fast run through the Vale of York before slowing for the curves that follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey. We continue through Malton and Seamer to our final destination at Scarborough, where there will be almost four hours to visit this famous Victorian Spa resort. It is situated on the North Sea coast and has safe sandy beaches. Attractions include Scarborough Castle; the harbour and fish quay; Oliver’s Mount, with spectacular views around the town; and the popular miniature railway. Open top buses travel to Peasholm Park via the seafront and Castle headland. All too soon it will be time to return to our train which leaves Scarborough at around 16:45 and heads for York to pick up those passengers who chose this destination. The train stops at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers. The steam locomotive to be used on this day trip will be one of the following: No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” Princess Coronation class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains, and now in B.R. green livery. No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” Britannia class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Crewe 07:00 22:25 Wilmslow 07:40 22:00 Stockport 08:10 21:30 Huddersfield 09:40 20:05 Wakefield Kirkgate 10:15 19:15 York 12:00 18:20 Scarborough 13:00 16:55 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Please note: Visit our website for further fare options if joining the train at Huddersfield, Wakefield or York.

Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£159

£129

£447

First

£98

£62

£258

Standard

£66

£41

£173

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The Cumbrian Mountain Express Saturday 26th July and Saturday 16th August 2014 This is a wonderful opportunity for passengers from Merseyside and Lancashire to travel by steam train over two of England’s most scenic railway routes. Our train travels north to Carlisle by the spectacular Settle & Carlisle Railway Line and returns via the West Coast Main Line over Shap. We have a pool of four magnificent steam locomotives for hauling these trains. Whichever one of this fine and venerable quartet is on our train, it promises to provide a memorable day out. Our train will be diesel hauled from Crewe to Liverpool via Runcorn, where we stop to pick up further passengers. We leave Liverpool Lime Street, steam hauled, just after 07:00 and stop to pick up passengers at Broad Green and St. Helens Central. We join the West Coast Main Line (WCML) before stopping for more passengers at Wigan. We head north, leaving the WCML at Farington Junction, and stop at Blackburn, where passengers who have travelled by service train from Preston join our train. We continue to Clitheroe and then stop at Hellifield for our steam locomotive to take on water. We join the Settle & Carlisle Railway at Settle Junction and then begin one of Britain’s most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we shall see – and hear – working very hard!

Approximate Timings Outward Return Crewe 05:50 21:45 Runcorn 06:25 21:05 Liverpool Lime Street 07:05 20:25 Broad Green 07:15 20:10 St. Helens Central 07:40 19:55 Wigan North Western 08:00 19:40 Preston* ------- 19:10 Blackburn 09:05 ------Carlisle 12:55 16:10 *Passengers

from Preston travel by service train to Blackburn to join the train.

We cross the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. We pass the highest railway station in England at Dent, crossing over bridges and passing through tunnels amongst the Yorkshire Dales. There are magnificent views of the Pennine ‘Three Peaks’ of Pen-yghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit. We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and descend to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where we stop for our locomotive to take on water. We pass through the Eden Valley and arrive in the Border City of Carlisle at around 12:50. There will be more than three hours in Carlisle, providing time to explore this ancient city.

There are three classes available:

Our train returns to Liverpool, steam hauled, via the steeply graded route over Shap summit on the WCML. We stop to set down passengers at Preston, Wigan, St. Helens, Broad Green and Liverpool Lime Street where we arrive around 20:25. Our train continues to Runcorn and Crewe diesel hauled.

Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.

The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 45305 ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a ‘mixed traffic’ locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” Princess Coronation Class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains, now in B.R. green livery. No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” A4 class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Doncaster in 1937 by the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER), for use on express passenger trains. No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” Britannia class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

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Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches.

Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£189

£135

£513

First

£125

£79

£329

Standard

£79

£48

£206


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The North Wales Coast Express Sunday 27th July and Sunday 17th August 2014 The North Wales Coast Express is a special train that runs from Liverpool and Chester to Holyhead on two summer Sundays. It provides an excellent opportunity for passengers from Merseyside and Cheshire to experience the excitement of travelling by steam train along the picturesque North Wales Coast railway line. Passengers have a choice of three destinations: the seaside town of Llandudno, the historic city of Bangor, or the port of Holyhead. Our train leaves Liverpool Lime Street Station at around 10:00, hauled by a magnificent steam locomotive, and makes a highly atmospheric departure as it climbs up through the deep cutting to Edge Hill. We stop to pick up more passengers at Broad Green Station, where there is a large car park, Warrington Bank Quay, Frodsham and Chester. On leaving Chester, we pass through the ancient city walls and cross the River Dee into Wales. We steam along beside the Dee Estuary with views across to the Wirral Peninsula. We pass through Prestatyn, Rhyl, and Colwyn Bay along the delightful Irish Sea coastline which is well known for its fine beaches. We stop at Llandudno Junction before taking the branch line to Llandudno. Here we stop to set down passengers wishing to spend time at this seaside resort. We return to Llandudno Junction and continue along the North Wales Coast Line, crossing the unusual Conway railway bridge over the Conway Estuary. The railway line is very close to the Irish Sea as we pass through Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan, with magnificent sea views across to the Island of Anglesey. We stop at Bangor Station to set down those passengers who may wish to spend time visiting this historic city. Our train crosses the Britannia Bridge, over the Menai Strait, into Anglesey, and steams on to Holyhead. Our train leaves Holyhead, steam hauled for the return journey, at around 16:30. It stops at Bangor, Llandudno and Llandudno Junction to pick up passengers who opted for these destinations. It continues to Liverpool Lime Street stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers. The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 45305 ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a ‘mixed traffic’ locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” Princess Coronation Class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains, now in B.R. green livery. No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” A4 class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Doncaster in 1937 by the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER), for use on express passenger trains. No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” Britannia class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Liverpool Lime Street 10:05 20:40 Broad Green 10:23 20:30 Warrington Bank Quay 10:50 20:00 Frodsham 11:30 19:15 Chester 12:00 19:00 Llandudno Junction 13:15 18:00 Llandudno 13:30 17:35 Bangor 14:15 16:55 Holyhead 14:30 16:30 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) Please Note: Visit our website or phone us to find out further fare options available for this trip. Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£179

£131

£489

First

£101

£60

£262

Standard

£69

£41

£179

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The Welsh Mountaineer Tuesdays 29th July, 19th August and 2nd September 2014 These day trips provide a rare opportunity for passengers from Lancashire and Cheshire to travel by steam train to Blaenau Ffestiniog, in the heart of the spectacular Snowdonia National Park. The route is via Chester, providing connections from other parts of the country, and along the scenic North Wales Coast Line to Llandudno Junction then up the beautiful Conwy Valley to the mountains at Blaenau Ffestiniog. This is a journey that you will remember for a long time! Our steam train leaves Preston at 07:40 and heads up the West Coast Main Line to Warrington Bank Quay where we stop to pick up more passengers. We continue to Frodsham where further passengers may join the train and our steam locomotive takes on water. Chester is our final pick up point for passengers and as we leave, we pass through the ancient city walls and cross the River Dee into Wales. We steam along beside the lovely Dee Estuary and then pass through Prestatyn and Rhyl, along the delightful Irish Sea coastline known for its beaches. After Colwyn Bay, we enjoy wonderful views of the Great Orme until we arrive at Llandudno Junction Station. We change direction of travel here, so our steam locomotive will ‘run round’ our train. We set off for Blaenau Ffestiniog behind our steam locomotive, following the pretty Conwy Valley through Llanrwst, and entering the Snowdonia National Park before Betws-y-Coed. The next part of our journey is extra special; we enter the very heart of the Welsh mountains as our train climbs up to Blaenau Ffestiniog Tunnel. At over two miles long, this impressive piece of engineering is the longest single track tunnel in the country. We pass through the substantial waste heaps of an old slate quarry before arriving at Blaenau Ffestiniog. Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway Station is the terminus of the Conwy Valley Line and also the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway. We stay for almost three hours in Blaenau Ffestiniog, a town known as the Victorian slate capital of the world. The industry declined so that only the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, a former slate mine, remain and as a tourist attraction open to visitors.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Preston 07:40 21:10 Warrington 08:30 20:25 Frodsham 09:10 19:30 Chester 10:05 19:10 Llandudno Junction 11:55 17:30 Blaenau Ffestiniog 13:15 16:00 There are two classes available: First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Our train leaves Blaenau Ffestiniog, steam hauled, at around 16:00 and returns to Llandudno Junction. After changing direction of travel we continue, still steam hauled, stopping at Chester, Frodsham, and Warrington Bank Quay to set down passengers. Our final calling point is Preston and so ends a memorable day out. One of the two following steam locomotives will be used on this day trip: No. 45305 Black ‘5’ 4-6-0, built for the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR) by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a ‘mixed traffic’ locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 61994 “The Great Marquess”, K4 class 2-6-0, built at Darlington Works in 1937 by the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER), a ‘mixed traffic’ locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains on the West Highland Line in Scotland. UK Day Trips - The Welsh Mountaineer

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Adult

Junior

Family

First

£129

£72

£330

Standard

£89

£50

£228


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The North Wales Coast Express Sundays 3rd, 10th August and 7th September 2014 The North Wales Coast Express provides an excellent opportunity for passengers from the Manchester area and Cheshire to experience the excitement of travelling by steam train along the picturesque North Wales Coast railway line. Passengers have a choice of visiting the seaside town of Llandudno, the historic city of Bangor, or the port of Holyhead. The train will be hauled by a steam locomotive from Manchester Piccadilly to Holyhead and return. Our train leaves Crewe at around 09:30, diesel hauled, and stops to pick up further passengers at Wilmslow, Stockport, and Manchester Piccadilly. Here our steam locomotive will take over and haul our train for the journey to Holyhead. We stop for more passengers at Altrincham before continuing through Northwich to Chester, the final stop for passengers. On leaving Chester, we pass through the ancient city walls and cross the River Dee into Wales. We steam along beside the Dee Estuary with views across to the Wirral Peninsula. We pass through Prestatyn, Rhyl, and Colwyn Bay, along the delightful Irish Sea coastline which is well known for its fine beaches. We stop at Llandudno Junction where passengers wishing to spend time at the seaside resort of Llandudno change trains and join a service train for the short onward journey to Llandudno. We continue along the North Wales Coast Line, crossing the unusual Conway railway bridge over the Conway Estuary. The railway line is very close to the Irish Sea as we pass through Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan, with magnificent sea views across to the Island of Anglesey. We stop at Bangor Station to set down passengers who may wish to spend time visiting this historic city. Our train crosses the Britannia Bridge, over the Menai Strait, into Anglesey, and steams on to Holyhead. Our train leaves Holyhead, steam hauled for the return journey, at around 17:00. It stops at Bangor and Llandudno Junction (for Llandudno passengers), to pick up passengers who opted for these destinations. It stops to set down passengers at Chester, Altrincham and Manchester Piccadilly. From here the train will be diesel hauled to Crewe stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers. The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 45305 ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a ‘mixed traffic’ locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” Britannia class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Crewe 09:35 21:50 Wilmslow 10:05 21:20 Stockport 10:40 22:40 Manchester Piccadilly 10:30 21:05 Altrincham 11:20 20:10 Chester 12:00 19:40 Llandudno Junction 13:15 18:45 Llandudno Town* 14:00 18:00 Bangor 13:40 17:45 Holyhead 14:20 17:00 *Passengers

travel by service train from/to Llandudno Junction. There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£179

£135

£493

First

£106

£64

£276

Standard

£69

£41

£179

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The Cumbrian Mountain Express Saturdays 30th August, 6th and 13th September 2014 This is a wonderful opportunity for those from the Crewe and Manchester areas to travel by steam train over two of England’s most scenic railway routes. We travel north to Carlisle via the spectacular Settle & Carlisle Railway Line and return by the West Coast Main Line over Shap. We have a pool of four magnificent steam locomotives for hauling these trains. Whichever one of this fine and venerable quartet is on our train, it promises to provide a memorable day out. Our steam train leaves Crewe at around 06:00 and calls at Wilmslow, Stockport, Manchester Victoria, and Bolton, to pick up passengers. At Blackburn, passengers who have travelled by service train from Preston join the train. We pass through Clitheroe and then stop at Hellifield for our steam locomotive to take on water. We join the Settle & Carlisle Railway Line at Settle Junction and then begin one of Britain’s most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we shall see – and hear – working very hard! We cross the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. We pass the highest railway station in England at Dent, crossing over bridges and passing through tunnels amongst the Yorkshire Dales. There are magnificent views of the Pennine ‘Three Peaks’ of Pen-yghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit. We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and descend to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where we stop for our locomotive to take on water. We pass through the Eden Valley and arrive in the Border City of Carlisle at around 12:50. There will be more than three hours in Carlisle, providing time to explore the ancient ‘Border City’ with its castle, cathedral, Tullie House Museum, and Lanes Shopping Centre. Our train leaves Carlisle soon after 16:00 hauled by our steam locomotive for the return journey to Crewe. We take the West Coast Main Line (WCML) passing through Penrith, as we skirt the Lake District, and climbing almost continuously to Shap Summit (916 feet). We descend to Tebay, and then pass through the picturesque Lune Gorge en route to Oxenholme Lake District and Carnforth. We stop at Preston to set down passengers and shortly afterwards leave the WCML to continue our journey to Crewe via Manchester. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers. The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 45305 ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a ‘mixed traffic’ locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” Princess Coronation Class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains, now in B.R. green livery. No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” A4 class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Doncaster in 1937 by the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER), for use on express passenger trains. No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” Britannia class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

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Approximate Timings Outward Return Crewe 06:05 22:10 Wilmslow 06:35 21:40 Stockport 06:50 21:25 Manchester Victoria 07:50 20:15 Bolton 08:10 19:50 Blackburn 09:30 ------Preston* ------- 19:15 Carlisle 12:55 16:10 *Passengers

from Preston travel by service train to Blackburn to join the train. There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£199

£139

£537

First

£129

£75

£333

Standard

£79

£49

£207


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The Pembroke Coast Express Sunday 31st August 2014 This is a rare opportunity to travel by steam train over the scenic branch line from Whitland through Tenby to Pembroke Dock. The “Pembroke Coast Express” recalls the 1950’s days of named steam trains on the former Western Region of British Railways. The train ran from London Paddington through South Wales to the Pembroke Coast. We recreate this train hauled by ex-Great Western Railway Castle class steam locomotive No. 5029 “Nunney Castle”. The “Pembroke Coast Express” leaves Bristol Temple Meads at around 08:15 hauled by Castle class steam locomotive No. 5029 “Nunney Castle”. It heads west through the Severn Tunnel calling to pick up further passengers at Newport and Cardiff before continuing into West Wales. We pass through Bridgend and Port Talbot and at Briton Ferry, we take the Swansea District Line to Llangennech. From Llanelli we run by the sea wall most of the way to Carmarthen where our steam locomotive will be serviced. There will be around one hour to visit the oldest town in Wales which is linked to the railway station on the other side of the River Towy by a cable stay bridge. Our train will be diesel-hauled when we leave Carmarthen for Whitland, where we join the scenic branch line to Pembroke Dock. We pass through Kilgetty and Saundersfoot before stopping at Tenby to set down passengers who may wish to spend time at this attractive seaside resort. There will be almost two and a half hours to visit the walled town which is famous for its sandy beaches and its nearby offshore monastic Caldey Island. Our train continues through Penally, with fine views over the Irish Sea, to Pembroke Dock. We leave Pembroke Dock hauled by our steam locomotive No. 5029 “Nunney Castle” and return to Tenby to pick up passengers who left the train there. We continue to Whitland where we join the main line from Fishguard Harbour. We avoid the terminus station at Carmarthen by taking the south curve. We pass through Kidwelly and Llanelli before the steep ascent of Cockett Bank – a 1 in 50 gradient. Our train avoids the terminus station at Swansea High Street and passes through Neath to join the main line at Briton Ferry. There should be some fast running en route to Cardiff, our first set down stop. We stop at Newport to set down further passengers before continuing through the Severn Tunnel and onwards to Bristol, our journey’s end.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Bristol Temple Meads 08:15 20:56 Newport 09:00 20:09 Cardiff 09:21 19:50 Carmarthen (Arrive) 11:57 ------Carmarthen (Depart) 13:15 ------Tenby 13:57 16:30 Pembroke Dock 14:26 14:48 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

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£189

£129

£507

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£129

£72

£330

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£92

£45

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The Scottish Lowlander Saturday 27th September 2014 This extra special tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of “The Scottish Lowlander” which ran on Saturday 26th September 1964. The original tour was arranged to commemorate the imminent passing of two types of ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive and visited two Scottish secondary routes, Waverley and Glasgow & South Western, then possibly threatened with closure. A “Duchess”, making the last run of the type in B.R. service, and two Class A4 steam locomotives were used on the train. We recreate this special occasion by travelling the route, as far as is now possible, and using the same two types of steam locomotive as did “The Scottish Lowlander” 50 years ago. In fact we accurately replicate part of the tour by having Class A4 steam locomotive No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” to haul our train over the Glasgow & South Western section as it did originally. This is an unrivalled opportunity to experience the best of main line steam in the twenty-first century – seize it while you can and book right away! The first leg of “The Scottish Lowlander” was and is from Crewe to Carlisle. We leave Crewe at around 07:30 hauled by ex-LMSR ‘Princess Coronation’ class ‘Pacific’ No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” deputising for No. 46256 “Sir William Stanier” which was used on the original tour. We can expect some fast running with our “Duchess” as we head down the West Coast Main Line (WCML) to Preston where we stop for more passengers. We continue to Carnforth, where we stop for our locomotive to take on water, and then begin climbing to the summit at Shap, before the largely downhill stretch to Carlisle. The original train traversed the Waverley route, which closed in 1969, from Carlisle to Edinburgh via Hawick, hauled by Class A4 steam locomotive No. 60007 “Sir Nigel Gresley”. Our train takes the WCML route between the two cities and is hauled by No. 60009 “Union of South Africa”. We head north from Carlisle and soon begin the climb to Beattock Summit. We take the Edinburgh line at Carstairs Junction and climb to Cobbinshaw Summit before arriving at Edinburgh Waverley. There will be a break of around two hours in the Scottish capital.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Crewe 07:30 22:40 Preston 08:30 21:20 Carlisle 11:45 19:30 Edinburgh Waverley 14:35 15:40 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

We leave Edinburgh Waverley, hauled by No. 60009, and head west through Haymarket and Polmont to Cowlairs. We follow the same route with the same steam locomotive as the original train when we take the Glasgow & South Western main line through Barrhead, Kilmarnock, Kirkconnel, Dumfries and Gretna to Carlisle. We change steam locomotives at Carlisle and No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” hauls our train back to Crewe. We climb Shap from the north; stop at Carnforth, for the locomotive to take on water, and Preston to set down passengers; then continue up the WCML to journey’s end at Crewe. Fares

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Junior

Family

Premier

£229

£179

£637

First

£155

£95

£405

Standard

£109

£69

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Bob Green

The Valleys Explorer Sunday 28th September 2014 This special train from Bristol provides a very rare opportunity to explore scenic Welsh Valley Lines from Newport and Cardiff by steam train. The train will be hauled by Battle of Britain class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 34067 “Tangmere”. We visit the branch lines to Ebbw Vale and Rhymney; both have a long and fascinating railway history. Our train will be ‘topped & tailed’ with a diesel locomotive to facilitate reversals, but steam hauled up both branches. Our train leaves Bristol Temple Meads at around 09:15 hauled by Battle of Britain class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 34067 “Tangmere”. We stop to pick up further passengers at Filton Abbey Wood before passing through the Severn Tunnel under the River Severn. We can expect some fast running as we travel along the South Wales Main Line to Newport. We leave Newport and pass through Hillfield Tunnel branching off the main line at Gaer Junction on to the Ebbw Vale Branch. This historic route can trace its origins to late 18th/early 19th century tramways and waggonways. More recently it closed to passenger traffic in 1962 and final freight traffic to the steel works at Ebbw Vale was in 2002. The rebuilt and upgraded line with new stations, known as the Ebbw Valley Railway, opened for passenger traffic in 2008. The 18 mile long line is predominantly single track following the deep-sided Ebbw River valley. It is heavily curved and has gradients of up to 1 in 65. Between Newbridge and Llanhilleth is the site of Crumlin Low Level Station where a railway line once crossed 200 feet above the valley on the famous Crumlin Viaduct, then the highest railway viaduct in the UK. The terminus of the line is at Ebbw Vale Parkway. We return to the outskirts of Newport, diesel hauled, and at Park Junction take the curve to Ebbw Junction where we rejoin the South Wales Main Line. We follow the main line to Cardiff Central Station where we change direction of travel. We are then steam hauled as we set off through Cardiff Queen Street on the Rhymney Line. The line runs north up the Rhymney Valley passing through Heath and Llanishen. Caerphilly Tunnel (1.1 miles) is the longest on the Welsh Valleys network. Bargoed was once an important junction for long closed branches to surrounding valleys and from here the route is now single track. The terminus of the line is at Rhymney 23 miles north of Cardiff Central.

Approximate Timings Outward Return Bristol Temple Meads 09:15 18:00 Filton Abbey Wood 09:30 17:30 Ebbw Vale 11:30 ------Rhymney 13:30 14:30 There are three classes available: Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat. First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches. Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability) A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

We return to Cardiff Central, diesel hauled, and after a short break depart for Bristol Temple Meads hauled by No. 34067 “Tangmere”. We stop at Filton Abbey Wood, to set down passengers, before arriving at Bristol Temple Meads at around 18:00. Fares

Adult

Junior

Family

Premier

£179

£129

£487

First

£139

£75

£353

Standard

£89

£55

£233

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