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THE WHITBY JET Sat 6 November 2021 Departing From Barrow in Furness, Dalton in Furness, Ulverston, Grange over Sands, Arnside, Carnforth, Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Burnley Manchester Road, Hebden Bridge We are pleased to offer this incredibly special tour as we travel through the Vale of York, then along the East Coast route to Middlesbrough, and into the vast open moorland. We meander through the magnificent forests and dales of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park with its picturesque villages of honey sandstone, embattled castles & historic abbeys to the ancient fishing town of Whitby, where around two hours will be available at your leisure. The Esk Valley line is widely considered to be one of the hidden gems of the railway network. It offers a succession of stunning views along its 36 miles from Middlesbrough to the traditional fishing port of Whitby. Leaving urban life behind we journey into the North Yorkshire Moors National Park passing isolated communities and beside the River Esk to the beautiful fishing port of Whitby with its narrow-cobbled streets, bustling harbour, and intriguing curio shops. During your stay consider enjoying the best fish n chips in Britain and walk it off by climbing the 199 steps that lead from the old town up to the ruins of St Hilda's Abbey which dominates the skyline and inspired Bram Stoker to write his novel, Dracula.
THE WHITBY JET Fri 12 November 2021 Departing From Finsbury Park, Hertford North, Stevenage, Letchworth, Royston, Cambridge, Ely, March, Peterborough, Grantham We are pleased to offer this incredibly special tour as we travel through the Vale of York, then along the East Coast route to Middlesbrough, and into the vast open moorland. We meander through the magnificent forests and dales of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park with its picturesque villages of honey sandstone, embattled castles & historic abbeys to the ancient fishing town of Whitby, where around two hours will be available at your leisure. The Esk Valley line is widely considered to be one of the hidden gems of the railway network. It offers a succession of stunning views along its 36 miles from Middlesbrough to the traditional fishing port of Whitby. Leaving urban life behind we journey into the North Yorkshire Moors National Park passing isolated communities and beside the River Esk to the beautiful fishing port of Whitby with its narrow-cobbled streets, bustling harbour, and intriguing curio shops. During your stay consider enjoying the best fish n chips in Britain and walk it off by climbing the 199 steps that lead from the old town up to the ruins of St Hilda's Abbey which dominates the skyline and inspired Bram Stoker to write his novel, Dracula.
The Cheshireman Saturday 13th November 2021 Join us on this interesting trip by vintage steam train to the historic city of Chester, an unusual destination from Bristol.We travel via the Severn Tunnel, the South Wales Main Line, the scenic Welsh Marches route, and the Shrewsbury to Chester line. There will be over three hours to explore Chester. Our train will be hauled throughout by A1 class steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado. We leave Bristol Temple Meads at around 07:00 hauled by 60163 Tornado. Our steam locomotive will be working hard as we climb to Filton Abbey Wood, where we stop to pick up more passengers. We then head westwards along the South Wales Main Line, passing through the Severn Tunnel into Wales, and continuing to the outskirts of Newport. Here we turn northwards, crossing the river Usk, and join the Welsh Marches route. We stop at Cwmbran and Abergavenny for more passengers to join the train before we begin the challenging climb of the Llanvihangel bank. Our steam locomotive will be in full cry all the way to the summit! We pass many sites where there were once railway stations along this route and the longest section without a station today is between Abergavenny and Hereford, where we stop for our steam locomotive to take on water. There is some truly beautiful scenery as we travel through Herefordshire and into Shropshire, passing towns such as Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms and Church Stretton. We continue to Shrewsbury, where the 'listed' Severn Bridge Junction Signal Box is the largest remaining mechanical signal box in the world. We take the Chester Line from Shrewsbury and stop at Chirk for our steam locomotive to take on water. We pass through Ruabon and Wrexham before arriving at our destination, the beautiful Roman City of Chester. There will be over three hours to explore the walled city that 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, located between the city walls and the river Dee. Whilst we have been exploring the city, our steam locomotive will have been serviced and turned at Chester ready for the return journey. Our train leaves Chester at around 16:15 returning by the same route and stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers.
The Cheshireman Saturday 20th November 2021 This tour offers an opportunity to travel by a special charter train to the historic city of Chester and visit the Christmas market there. The train will be steam-hauled throughout from London Euston to Chester by an A1 class Pacific No. 60163 Tornado. We will follow the route of the famous expresses such as the Royal Scot along the West Coast Main Line (WCML) to Crewe and then onwards to Chester. We return to London from Chester steam hauled throughout with Tornado. 'The Cheshireman' will leave London Euston at around 06:40 steam hauled behind Tornado. Initially on departure we shall hear our locomotive working hard on the climb up Camden Bank. We continue through Watford Tunnel into rural Hertfordshire. We stop to pick up further passengers at the 1960s 'new town' of Milton Keynes, where passengers from Watford Junction will join by service train. At Hanslope Junction, we leave the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and take the Northampton loop line where we stop again for passengers. We continue northwards and pass the Daventry Railfreight Terminal (DIRFT) before rejoining the WCML at Rugby, a further pick up stop, and the birthplace of rugby football and the jet engine. We then follow the Trent Valley Line to Nuneaton, our final stop to pick up passengers. We pass through Lichfield, notable for its three-spired medieval cathedral, and soon after Rugeley is Shugborough Tunnel. This has 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 around four 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. Our special train, hauled on the return journey by our steam locomotive Tornado, leaves Chester late afternoon for the journey to London Euston. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers, and this tour promises to be a memorable day out behind Tornado along the West Coast Main Line. *Passengers from Watford Junction will travel by service train to Milton Keynes on the outward journey. ** Passengers from Northampton will travel by service train from Rugby to Northampton on the return journey
The Gloucester Christmas Market and Cardiff Tuesday 23rd November 2021 Join us on this scenic rail tour by steam train through the Thames Valley, the beautiful Cotswold Hills and along the river Severn, hauled by A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado. Our destinations will be the cathedral city of Gloucester, and Cardiff, the vibrant Capital of Wales. We should experience some fast running along the ex-GWR main line and some challenging climbs through the Cotswolds. Choose which destination to alight at to sample the Christmas shopping at this festive time of the year. Our steam hauled train leaves London Victoria in the morning and we make our way via Clapham Junction to Staines, our first call for more passengers. We take the Reading line and make further calls at Ascot and Reading. Following the Thames Valley, we head for Didcot, our final pick up station. Our journey continues through the Vale of White Horse to Swindon, where we take the Golden Valley line through Kemble and Tornado then tackles the steep climb to Sapperton Tunnel. On arrival at Gloucester, passengers have the choice of alighting here to visit the city with its centrepiece the 14th century cathedral. There is also the many shops and attractions that the city has to offer to explore. Our steam hauled train will call at Gloucester on the return to pick up passengers who choose to spend the afternoon here. Our journey will continue from Gloucester towards Cardiff along the banks of the river Severn through Lydney and Chepstow as we head for Wales via Newport. The Cardiff Christmas Market is located in the heart of the city along the pedestrianised streets of the main shopping area. Enjoy the atmosphere of the market with its craft staffs, food and drink outlets and fairy lights to add to the festive feel. We will return from Cardiff steam hauled by Tornado, and will pick up at Gloucester before returning via the Golden Valley route once again to Didcot, Reading, Ascot, Staines and terminating in London Victoria, ending what promises to be a varied and enjoyable day out. PLEASE NOTE - The operation of the Christmas Market at Gloucester and Cardiff is outside of our control we understand that the organisers are hopeful they will take place, however it will be dependent on Government advice given at the time.
The Christmas Sussex Belle Thursday 25th November 2021 Join us on a special train to celebrate the Festive Season in style. Our train travels from London Victoria to the Sussex coast, crossing the North and South Downs and passing through the beautiful countryside of the Weald. It will be steam hauled by either former LMS Black 5 No. 44871. This is a wonderful way to enjoy a leisurely lunch whilst appreciating the scenic views from your carriage window. Our day out begins when our train leaves London Victoria station at around 10:30, hauled by steam locomotive No. 44871. We journey south along the main line towards Brighton passing through East Croydon, Redhill, Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges and Haywards Heath. The route crosses the Weald, an ancient area of woodland scattered with farms and villages. We leave the Brighton line at Keymer Junction, just after Wivesfield, and head south-eastwards through Cooksbridge to Lewes. Here we join the East Coastway Line that runs from Brighton to Eastbourne, Hastings and Ashford. We pass through the South Downs, an area characterised by rolling chalk downland and recognised as one of the most important chalk landscapes in England. We head to Eastbourne where our steam locomotive will be serviced and there will be time to visit this popular South Coast seaside town. The seafront consists almost entirely of Victorian hotels, which along with its pier and bandstand, give it a timeless appeal. The town is situated immediately east of Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Great Britain and an area of outstanding natural beauty. This sheltered position contributes to Eastbourne's title of the sunniest place in Great Britain. We leave Eastbourne, diesel-hauled and head along the Sussex Coast through Normans Bay, Cooden Beach, and Bexhill to Hastings. Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman Conquest of England, and also because it became one of the medieval Cinque Ports. The town is sometimes referred to as the birthplace of television since the pioneer of television, John Logie Baird, lived there. Our train reverses direction of travel at Hastings and leaves with the steam locomotive in charge. We continue our journey heading north through Crowhurst and Battle, and then passing through Mountfield Tunnel. Robertsbridge station was formerly a junction station with the Colonel Stephens' famous old Kent and East Sussex Light Railway. We pass through Royal Tunbridge Wells, a spa town situated on the northern edge of the High Weald. At Sevenoaks, we take the line through Bat and Ball station, which was named after a local inn that no longer exists. We join the line from Ashford at Otford, and the Chatham Main Line at Swanley. Our tour ends when we arrive back at London Victoria at around 17:45.
SALISBURY & BATH CHRISTMAS STATESMAN Sat 27 November 2021 Departing From Chesterfield, Belper, Derby, Long Eaton, East Midlands Parkway, Loughborough, Leicester, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford This very special and unique tour on board 'The Statesman' land cruise train commences from local stations in the East Midlands and offers a visit to two historic south west destinations which are both famous for their spectacular Christmas Markets and visitor attractions, so the choice is yours in which you choose to spend the afternoon but please remember it is not possible to visit both. Bath Spa - the beautiful Somerset city of Georgian elegance has attracted visitors since Roman times and is fabulously decorated for the festive season and there should be around three hours to brows at leisure and discover one of the largest Christmas Markets in Britain with over 150 chalet style stalls offer quality products and brilliant gift ideas. The famous Bath Abbey and Roman Baths provide an amazing backdrop to the festive event offering seasonal shopping, fine food and family fun with stalls showcasing the talents of retailers from Britain and the Continent. Other highlights to visit include the popular afternoon carol concert in the Abbey, the Roman Pump Rooms, Carriage Museum, Queen Square and Royal Crescent. Salisbury - Known as 'the city in the countryside', this pretty cathedral city is surrounded by a landscape so quintessentially English it's almost too good to be true and we have around four hours to discover it's unique charms. Dating back to the 13th century it is home to one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country with its spire being the tallest in Britain. The library is home to the Magna Carta and the streets contain many historic timbered buildings which will be aglow with festive lights. The Christmas Market consists of over 100 stalls and sits on a backdrop of the historic Guildhall selling locally produced gifts, food, and drink along with the seasonal continental favourites of Gluhwein, Bratwurst, Stollen and Lebkuchen.
The York Yuletide Express Saturday 27th November 2021 Join us for a main line steam run from London's Ealing Broadway to York and an opportunity to experience the Festive Season's activities. The city of York is world famous for its variety of visitor attractions and home to the National Railway Museum. We travel via the Midland Main Line, and our train will be hauled from London to York by 60163 Tornado and from York to London by 46233 Duchess of Sutherland. Our train leaves London Ealing Broadway at around 06:30 hauled by ?Tornado? and travels around West London to Dudding Hill Junction, where we take the Brent curve and join the Midland Main Line (MML) at Cricklewood. We head north and stop at St. Albans, Luton, Bedford and Kettering, to pick up further passengers. We leave the MML after Kettering and take the former Midland Railway Nottingham direct line. We pass through Corby Station, opened in 2009 to replace the original which was closed in 1966. We climb to the famous Harringworth Viaduct, the longest masonry viaduct in Britain. From the end of the viaduct there is a long, stiff climb up to Wing Tunnel and then it is downhill to Manton Junction, and through Rutland's county town of Oakham. Our last stop to pick up passengers is at Melton Mowbray. We continue to Syston Junction and take the sharp right curve to join the MML from Leicester. We pass through Loughborough and join the Erewash Valley Line at Trent Junction. After Chesterfield we take the 'old road' via Barrow Hill to Rotherham and continue through Conisbrough to Doncaster. Here we join the East Coast Main Line and can expect a fast run to York, where we arrive in the early afternoon. York is well known for its Minster, Castle and city walls. The snickelways, famous medieval alleys and narrow streets, and The Shambles, are well worth exploring. The National Railway Museum, the many shops and museums, ensure that there is something on offer for everybody. Our train leaves York at around 16:10 and returns to Ealing Broadway hauled by 46233 Duchess of Sutherland. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers. PLEASE NOTE - The operation of the Christmas Market at York is outside of our control we understand that the organisers are hopeful it will take place, however it will be dependent on Government advice given at the time.
Flying Scotsman Saturday 27 November 2021 The Flying Scotsman - Manchester to Carlisle Departing: Manchester Victoria, Bolton Join us for a great day out to remember aboard our heritage steam hauled train which will take you on a scenic journey along the Settle and Carlisle line. This trip is scheduled to be hauled by 60103 The Flying Scotsman. The Flying Scotsman set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30 November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8 August 1989 while in Australia. Departing Manchester Victoria around 07:30 we will be hauled by a vintage diesel engine as we make our way to Hellifield, where the journey really begins. We change engines in Hellifield to the 60103 The Flying Scotsman for the journey along the famous Settle and Carlisle Railway line. Enjoy the stunning Dales scenery as we make our way through Settle and over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. Continuing north from Ribblehead we plunge into Blea Moor tunnel, the longest on the line. We then enjoy sweeping views along Dentdale as we pass through the highest station on the line, Dent. The stunning scenery continues as we head north to the more gentle landscape of the Eden Valley, the Eden Gorge and our destination - the border city of Carlisle. First opening to passengers in 1876, the Settle - Carlisle line takes in 20 viaducts, 14 tunnels and countless beautiful vistas along its 72 mile track. This historic line travels across the stunning Pennine hills, showcasing the English countryside at its best. After a break of around two hours in Carlisle, with its pedestrianised shopping centre, Castle and cathedral to enjoy, we return along the Settle and Carlisle line to Hellifield where we change engines to one of our vintage Diesels for the final part of our journey to your home stations.
THE EDINBURGH CHRISTMAS MARKET Sat 27 November 2021 Departing From Birmingham International, Tame Bridge Parkway, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke on Trent, Stockport We are pleased to offer an unmissable bargain priced day tour offering a destination of historic Edinburgh for a 3-hour afternoon sightseeing break. Travel is in First Class comfort on our modern air-conditioned inter-city train, hauled by a Class 90 electric locomotive. The journey is along the West Coast Main Line through Penrith to Edinburgh Waverley station - Located just below one of the UK's most historic and popular shopping areas Princes Street. There is something for everyone in this truly enchanting city with numerous attractions all within easy walking distance - perhaps visit the Old Town and take a stroll down the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, or visit the impressive fortress of Edinburgh Castle set high on a rocky crag. In the prelude to Christmas Edinburgh is truly magical, when the gardens beneath Edinburgh Castle and along Princes Street are transformed into a Winter Wonderland with traditional Christmas markets, open air skating and thousands of twinkling festive lights.