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The Optimist' Travel on our new service 'The Optimist' and enjoy the seaside town of Whitby! 'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering. Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby. Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

Royal Windsor Statesman Wolverhampton to Windsor and Eton Riverside

The Optimist' Travel on our new service 'The Optimist' and enjoy the seaside town of Whitby! 'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering. Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby. Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

End of Season Twilight Running Day Sunday October 25th The event season ends by turning the clock back with atmospheric twilight bus rides. We are open until 6.00pm. Free bus rides every 30 minutes and miniature train running 12-3.30. Free bus from Birmingham Alex at 11:00. Pre-booking for event and Birminghasm pick-up is essential. Click here to book tickets.

The Tin Bath Sunday 25th October 2020 In honour of this immortal moment in one of the great TV comedies we have named this tour The Tin Bath, after the antics of Compo, Clegg and Foggy rolling down a Yorkshire hillside in a tin bath for the long-running TV series ?Last of the Summer Wine.? 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 along the way. Our train leaves Preston steam hauled by a steam locomotive from the Carnforth Pool. We head south up the West Coast Main Line (WCML) to Wigan North Western, where we stop for more passengers. We then travel eastwards to Manchester Victoria and a further stop is made to pick up passengers. Our locomotive will be working hard as we leave Manchester and immediately commence the climb of the testing 1 in 47 gradient of Miles Platting bank. We shall then make our way towards Chinley on another long climb and join the former Midland Railway?s ?Hope Valley? line to Sheffield. We pass through Hathersage, a charming village associated with Robin Hood and the Eyre family of Bronte fame. This route is spectacularly scenic and encompasses a number of long tunnels, including the passage through the 3? mile-long Totley Tunnel, first opened in 1892, before arrival at Sheffield, where there is a brief stop. 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 the 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 after, we pass over the magnificent 29-arch Penistone viaduct. We continue past Denby Dale, famous for its huge meat pies, and the junction for the Kirklees Light Railway. We descend to Huddersfield, crossing many fine bridges and viaducts on the way, including the listed 32-arch Lockwood Viaduct. We continue via Huddersfield to Brighouse where we pause for our steam locomotives to take on water. We then head through the Calder Valley through Hebden Bridge for Hall Royd Junction near Todmorden. Here we leave the main line to Manchester, and take the steeply graded 1 in 65 line to Copy Pit summit (749 feet above sea level), before descending through Burnley to Accrington and Blackburn. We pass through Darwen on the 1 in 71 climb up to Sough Tunnel, drop down to Bolton, and head back to Manchester Victoria. Following a reversal at Manchester Victoria, we now return to Preston via our earlier calling points.

The Optimist' Travel on our new service 'The Optimist' and enjoy the seaside town of Whitby! 'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering. Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby. Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

The Optimist' Travel on our new service 'The Optimist' and enjoy the seaside town of Whitby! 'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering. Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby. Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

The Optimist' Travel on our new service 'The Optimist' and enjoy the seaside town of Whitby! 'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering. Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby. Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

The Pendle Dalesman Wednesday 28 October 2020 Chesterfield to Carlisle Departing: Chesterfield, Sheffield, Swinton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Brighouse, Blackburn Please Note: This trip is part hauled by vintage diesel and part hauled by steam Join us for a nostalgic day to remember, travelling behind our splendid vintage steam engine along England's most famous railway. From our earlier pick up points we head north behind a vintage diesel engine to Hellifield/Carnforth where one of the oldest steam engines in service today will take over, this alone is a sight to behold as the engine builds up sufficient steam for the highlight of your journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle line. The Settle-Carlisle Railway on which we will travel needs no introduction; this breath-taking journey will take you over 20 Viaducts, through 14 tunnels and countless beautiful vistas. The climb over Blea Moor and the crossing of the world renowned Ribblehead Viaduct are arguably the highlights of England?s most scenic Railway. CARLISLE: We anticipate an afternoon arrival time offering a couple of hours or so break. This great border city dominates the borderlands between England and Scotland, sitting within the vale between the Cumbrian Mountains and Scottish Southern Uplands. In Carlisle you?ll find yourself at the centre of a stirring past and a vibrant present. Many of the city?s eateries and licensed premises are just a few minutes? walk from the station entrance and if you visit www.discovercarlisle.co.uk you will find information to help you plan ahead. And for those who would prefer to use their short break to wander around in the beautiful and historic heart of the city you may choose to visit the Castle, cathedral or indeed the Tullie House Museum. After a break of around two hours in Carlisle, we head south across some of the finest countryside Great Britain has to offer, where we head to your home stations via the famous Settle to Carlisle line in the comfort of our beautifully restored MkI or MkII Carriages.

The Optimist' Travel on our new service 'The Optimist' and enjoy the seaside town of Whitby! 'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering. Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby. Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

The Optimist' Travel on our new service 'The Optimist' and enjoy the seaside town of Whitby! 'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering. Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby. Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

The Optimist' Travel on our new service 'The Optimist' and enjoy the seaside town of Whitby! 'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering. Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby. Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

The Optimist' Travel on our new service 'The Optimist' and enjoy the seaside town of Whitby! 'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering. Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby. Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

Settle and Carlisle Circular Birmingham International to Carlisle circular

Midland Pullman London St Pancras to Manchester Piccadilly (Inter-City 125)

The Cheshireman Saturday 14th November 2020 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 17:00 returning by the same route and stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers.

Royal Scot London Euston to Glasgow Central (90001)

The Cheshireman Saturday 21st November 2020 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 07:00 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.

The Gloucester Christmas Market and Cardiff Tuesday 24th November 2020 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 Markets 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 extensive Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market to explore, alongside the many shops and attractions that the city has to offer. 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 26th November 2020 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. 45305 or 45212. 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. 45305 or 45212. 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 17:20.

The York Yuletide Express Saturday 28th November 2020 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 north via the Midland Main Line, and our train will be hauled between London and York by A1 class Pacific No. 60163 Tornado, and from York to London on the return by LMS Princess Coronation Class steam locomotive No. 46233 Duchess of Sutherland. Our train leaves London Ealing Broadway at around 06:10 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 17:15 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.

London to Bath at Christmas London Paddington to Bath and Bristol TRAVELLING SAFELY We fully expect to operate this trip in November with our usual level of service. Please rest assured we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment on board, whilst adhering to Public Health regulations. We will be in touch with all customers prior to your trip, with further information about what to expect on board and what to bring with you. Locomotive Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives. Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the trips listed, it cannot be guaranteed.

London Victoria to Bath at Christmas Trip Specific Information We start out, steam-hauled, from London's Victoria station and chug out through the suburbs of Surrey and Hampshire towards Wiltshire and the imposing Cathedral Spire at Salisbury. We follow the beautiful Wylye Valley towards the Westbury White Horse and continue along the stunning Avon Valley to Bath. BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET We are sorry to announce that this year's Bath Christmas Market has been cancelled. The organisers are now working on an exciting programme of events for the festive season, including music and entertainment, street stalls and artisan food, so you can still discover the magic of Bath this Christmas. TRAVELLING SAFELY We fully expect to operate this trip with our usual level of service. Please rest assured we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment on board, whilst adhering to Public Health regulations. We will be in touch with all customers prior to your trip, with further information about what to expect on board and what to bring with you. Locomotive Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives. Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the trips listed, it cannot be guaranteed.

The Worcester Christmas Fayre Thursday 3rd December 2020 Why not join us for a classic day out by steam train that combines exciting main line running, varied landscapes, and the special atmosphere of Worcester at Christmas time? The Worcester Christmas Fayre will be steam hauled from Norwich to Worcester by LMS Princess Coronation Class locomotive No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland and from Worcester as far as Peterborough on the return. The Fayre will have a Victorian theme and will provide a festive atmosphere on the run up to Christmas. Our day out begins early in the morning when we leave Norwich Station, hauled by 6233 Duchess of Sutherland, and cross the Trowse swing bridge over the river Wensum. We stop to pick up more passengers at Wymondham, a beautifully kept rural Norfolk station, Attleborough, Thetford and Brandon. Approaching Ely we take the avoiding line that curves very sharply round onto the Peterborough line. We stop at March for further passengers, before continuing to Peterborough, our final pick up point. We now follow the scenic cross country line through Stamford, a town of outstanding architectural and historic interest that is of national importance. The town has over 600 listed buildings, more than half of the total for the County of Lincolnshire. We continue westwards and pass Rutland Water towards Oakham, the small county town of Rutland. Entering Leicestershire, we run through Melton Mowbray, famous for its pork pies, and head for Leicester. We follow the main line to London St Pancras for a while as far as Wigston Junction, where we branch off on the Nuneaton and Birmingham line. Crossing the West Coast main line, we now head towards Birmingham, although we will bypass the city by means of the Grand Junction line from Stetchford Junction to Perry Barr. We will follow the Handsworth Loop line through to Soho East Junction, where we will join the Stour Valley line briefly to Galton Junction. Here we join the ?Jewellery Line? and head through the heart of the Black Country for Stourbridge Junction and Kidderminster, where there are glimpses of the Severn Valley Railway. We soon pass through the spa town of Droitwich as we approach Worcester, where there will be time to visit the Christmas Fayre in the city centre. With over 200 stalls, the Fayre will have a Victorian theme, with traders in period costume. Apart from the locally made produce and craft, there will be the traditional food markets where you can sample home made cooking, along with the many bars and food stalls. Street entertainment will also feature throughout the day, which will complement the historic nature of the city of Worcester, with the Cathedral as its centrepoint. After servicing and turning our steam locomotive, we will make our way back to our earlier calling points to set down passengers. We will be diesel hauled from Peterborough on the return leg back to Norwich.

Midland Scot Birmingham International to Glasgow Central (90002)

The Lincoln Christmas Express Saturday 5th December 2020 Join us on this day trip and take the opportunity to see the famous Lincoln Cathedral. Lincoln is also one of the country's top 50 retail destinations and one of the most important shopping centres in the East Midlands. Travel in style, in the comfort of a special train hauled by LMS Princess Coronation class steam locomotive No. 46233 Duchess of Sutherland. What a day you will have! With Christmas only a few weeks away this really is a very special trip, and not to be missed. Our day out begins when we steam out of London King?s Cross station at around 09:00 and head north down the East Coast Main Line (ECML). We stop at Potters Bar, Stevenage and Peterborough to pick up more passengers. Leaving Peterborough and its famous cathedral behind, we take the former Great Northern Railway (GNR) line towards Grimsby at Werrington Junction and head across the fertile flatlands to Spalding. Here we join the Great Northern & Great Eastern Joint Railway line to Sleaford. We continue through a part of rural Lincolnshire famous for its potato farms. Approaching Lincoln, we notice that its spectacular Cathedral dominates the city. As well as the many options for shopping which are available in Lincoln city centre to allow you to buy some festive gifts for loved ones, why not take a wander around the medieval area, or take the medieval walk along the wall or visit the Magna Carta rooms to see the famous document. All too soon it will be time to return to the station for our train back to London. We shall be steam hauled by Duchess of Sutherland and return from Lincoln by way of Newark and the East Coast Main Line. After a stiff climb up through Grantham to Stoke Tunnel we descend Stoke Bank, where ?Mallard? achieved 126 miles per hour that still stands as the world speed record for steam. We stop to set down passengers at the same stations as on the outward journey and arrive in King?s Cross Station at around 21:30.

The York Yuletide Express Saturday 5th December 2020 This exciting seasonal trip by steam train offers an opportunity for passengers from the Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Sheffield areas to visit the popular city of York at Christmas time. The route cuts across the rugged Pennine terrain of the scenic Hope Valley line to York, and will be steam hauled throughout by a lovingly restored steam locomotive. Our train leaves Liverpool Lime Street, hauled by our allocated steam locomotive from the Carnforth based pool. We follow the route of the historic 1830 Liverpool and Manchester Railway across Chat Moss to Manchester Victoria, where we pause to pick up passengers. Leaving Manchester, we climb the formidable 1 in 47 gradient of Miles Platting Bank and make our way towards Denton, where we will pause to water our steam locomotive. We next stop will be at Stockport to pick up passengers before heading towards Chinley and the Hope Valley line to Sheffield. We join the former Midland Railway line across the Peak District and pass through Cowburn Tunnel into the beautiful Vale of Edale. After Hathersage, we pass through the 3?-mile long Totley Tunnel and arrive at Sheffield, our final pick up station for passengers. We then travel northwards through Swinton and Moorthorpe to York, our destination for the afternoon. There will be plenty of time for passengers to enjoy the city and all it has to offer. York has some major tourist attractions including the National Railway Museum, the largest museum of its type in Britain; the Castle; the Shambles; the splendid Gothic York Minster, one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe; and the city walls. There are a number of other interesting museums, quaint alleyways, and a good variety of shops. Our late afternoon departure from York will be steam hauled back to Liverpool Lime Street. 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.

Edinburgh - Christmas Special Saturday 5 December 2020 Cleethorpes to Edinburgh Departing: Cleethorpes, Grimsby Town, Habrough, Barnetby, Scunthorpe, Thorne South Please Note: This trip is hauled by vintage diesel aboard our beautifully restored land cruise train 'Spirit of the Lakes' Due to the popularity of our Edinburgh Christmas tours we have decided to offer three different start points for our visits in 2020 of which this will be the first. So why not sit back, relax and travel north of the border to enjoy all the pre-Christmas attractions of Scotlands beautiful capital city aboard our luxurious Pullman train 'The Spirit of the Lakes'. Edinburgh is one of our most popular destinations and there is no wonder. First there is the journey north with the stunning scenery of the East Coast to admire as the train rushes along the cliff tops giving spectacular sea views from the train. Then there are the attractions of Edinburgh which include the famous Castle, numerous museums, galleries and the shops of Princess Street, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. At Christmas time there are also two bustling Christmas markets and an ice rink in the park. Add to all this the lights and decorations that you would expect of a capital city at this time of year and you have the perfect combination for a great day out. Departure from Cleethorpes is expected to be around 0600 with a break in Edinburgh of approximately three to four hours. Arrival back into Cleethorpes will be mid to late evening.

London to York at Christmas Trip Specific Information MOTIVE POWER This trip will be steam hauled on the outward journey and diesel hauled on the return. The carriages and service provided on board is the same in both directions. LONDON PASSENGERS Although this trip will call at Ealing Broadway, West Hampstead and Finsbury Park on the outward journey, on the return journey London Kings Cross will be the only London stop. YORK ST NICHOLAS FAIR York's famous Christmas Festival and Fair is one of the most highly rated in the UK - and probably one of the most picturesque too. Set in the centre of the historic Cathedral City, it sees streets in the centre transformed into a Christmas wonderland. TRAVELLING SAFELY We fully expect to operate this trip with our usual level of service. Please rest assured we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment on board, whilst adhering to Public Health regulations. We will be in touch with all customers prior to your trip, with further information about what to expect on board and what to bring with you. Locomotive Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives. Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the trips listed, it cannot be guaranteed.

The Bath and Bristol Christmas Express Tuesday 8th December 2020 What better way to begin the Christmas season than with a trip by steam train on the ?Bath & Bristol Christmas Express?? There will be ample time to sample the delights of Bath, including the stunning Bath Abbey and the internationally famous Roman Baths, or to visit Bristol for the ?best Christmas shopping in the South West?. Join us as we travel by vintage steam train through some superb countryside en route. We leave London Victoria early in the morning, hauled by steam locomotive No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland. Running via Clapham Junction, we call at Staines and Woking, before our final pick up is made at Basingstoke. From Basingstoke, we can expect a fast run along the former London & South Western Railway?s route via Andover to the cathedral city of Salisbury. We stop at Salisbury, for the loco to take on water, and then continue along the ?South West? main line to Wilton. Here we turn northwards and cross the edge of Salisbury Plain en route to Warminster. We descend steeply to Westbury, with its famous hillside white horse, and then follow the scenic Avon Valley through Bradford on Avon. We shall soon catch sight of the Georgian city of Bath as we approach the well-kept Bath Spa station, which is close to the city centre. The afternoon is free to explore the city, which has gained a reputation for its quality independents and favourite high street stores. Meanwhile our train continues to Bristol, another fascinating destination for those who wish to explore this fine city instead. It has several world class attractions including Britain?s most acclaimed historic ship, the S.S. ?Great Britain?; Brunel?s iconic Clifton suspension bridge; the world?s fifth oldest zoo; and an historic harbour-side, the location of the M Shed, an exciting new innovative museum. The city is a Christmas shopper?s haven with all the major retail outlets in the Broadmead and Cabot Circus shopping centres. Our steam locomotive will be serviced at Bristol before we return to Bath and London Victoria steam hauled. We stop to pick up those parcel-laden passengers who opted to visit Bath! We return by the route of our outward journey, stopping at the same stations for passengers to alight. PLEASE NOTE - The operation of the Christmas Market at Bath has been cancelled by the organiser's due to Government advice regarding Covid-19.

Edinburgh - Christmas Special Wednesday 9 December 2020 Hull to Edinburgh Departing: Hull, Brough, Howden, Selby Please Note: This trip is hauled by vintage diesel aboard our beautifully restored land cruise train 'Spirit of the Lakes' Our second Edinburgh Christmas special will run from Hull and offers a chance for passengers from the East Riding of Yorkshire to enjoy all the pre-Christmas attractions of Scotlands beautiful capital city aboard our luxurious Pullman train 'The Spirit of the Lakes'. Edinburgh has always been one of our most popular destinations and there is no wonder. First there is the journey north with the stunning scenery of the East Coast to admire as the train rushes along the cliff tops giving spectacular sea views from the train. Then there are the attractions of Edinburgh which include the famous Castle, numerous museums, galleries and the shops of Princess Street, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. At Christmas time there are also two bustling Christmas markets and an ice rink in the park. Add to all this the lights and decorations that you would expect of a capital city at this time of year and you have the perfect combination for a great day out. Departure from Hull is expected to be around 0600 with a break in Edinburgh of approximately four hours. Arrival back into Hull will be around 2200.

Southend to Oxford at Christmas Trip Specific Information This trip will start out, steam hauled, from Southend and head along the Thames Estuary towards London, picking up passengers at Upminster and Barking on the way. We skirt the Capital and join the Great Western Main Line, crossing the Thames several times before reaching Didcot. From here we join the Cherwell Valley Line to Oxford. On the return journey, this trip will be be diesel-hauled between West London and Southend East. The carriages stay the same. OXFORD CHRISTMAS MARKET The city of dreaming spires will be filled with festive joy as the Oxford Christmas Market returns to the heart of the city on beautiful and historic Broad Street. With the sound of choirs singing Christmas carols, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations brightening wooden stalls and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon drifting in the air - a visit to the Oxford Christmas Market is a truly magical Christmas experience. TRAVELLING SAFELY We fully expect to operate this trip with our usual level of service. Please rest assured we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment on board, whilst adhering to Public Health regulations. We will be in touch with all customers prior to your trip, with further information about what to expect on board and what to bring with you. Locomotive Black Five locomotive Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the steam hauled sections of the trip listed, it cannot be guaranteed and may be substituted for a different engine.

The Edinburgh Christmas Market Saturday 12th December 2020 This special steam hauled train using an A1 class Pacific No. 60163 Tornado will run at speed both ways from York to Edinburgh and return. There will be time in Edinbugh to visit the sights, including the extensive Christmas Market located in Princes Street Gardens, before we return south. Our steam hauled journey will commence at the historic city of York, with its long association with railways, including the location of the National Railway Museum. Heading north away from York, we will travel down the East Coast main line through to Northallerton, where 60163 Tornado will build up speed to its maximum on the straight alignment of the tracks. We will pause at Durham momentarily to pick up further passengers, before heading towards Tyneside and over the river Tyne to Newcastle, our final pick up point. Leaving Newcastle, we head northwards and pass through Morpeth, with our speed running at the maximum along this former LNER racetrack, the preserve of the A4 Pacifics up to their withdrawal in the mid 1960s. With coastal views and quaint villages along the way, we make our way through Northumberland, with views of Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Island simmering in the distance. Continuing towards Berwick on Tweed, we cross the spectacular 28-arch Royal Border Bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson. Just after Berwick, we cross the border and enter Scotland. Tornado will now be getting steam up ready for the long climb up to Grantshouse, a stiff climb at gradients of 1 in 190/200 and a test of the stamina of locomotives heading towards Edinburgh. We pass through the Scottish Borders, with more costal views along the way before we reach Edinburgh, the Capital of Scotland. Time will be available here for passengers to visit the city and its Christmas market, located in Princes Street Gardens, whilst Tornado is serviced for the return journey back to York. Apart from its many shops and restaurants along Princes Street, there are many sights to see and visit, including the Palace of Holyrood, the Castle on the Royal Mile, Galleries and Museums and Princes Street Gardens. We will return south with Tornado and follow our outward route. Highlight of the jorney back to Newcastle will be the southbound climb to Grantshouse, graded at 1 in 96 for over four miles. In no time at all, we will be back at Newcastle to set down passengers, followed by Durham and finally York. PLEASE NOTE - The operation of the Christmas Market at Edinburgh 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.

The Birmingham and Shrewsbury Christmas Express Saturday 12th December 2020 Join us on this scenic rail tour by seasonal steam train through the Thames Valley and the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire countryside to the Christmas markets at Birmingham or Shrewsbury. We follow the former Great Western Railway main line through Reading, Oxford and Leamington Spa where there should be the opportunity to experience some fast running. Choose to alight at either Birmingham or Shrewsbury to visit the markets before returning steam hauled back to London. Our steam train leaves London Paddington early in morning behind 6233 Duchess of Sutherland and heads down the ex-Great Western Railway (GWR) main line. We stop at Slough, Reading and Didcot to pick up more passengers. Our journey continues through Oxford and onwards through pleasant countryside towards Banbury. After Leamington Spa, we will climb the steep 1 in 105 gradient of Hatton Bank before we thread our way through the suburbs and reach Birmingham New Street, where you will have the option of alighting here to visit the extensive Christmas Market. The central shopping area of the city has many chalets selling a vast variety of seasonal goods, crafts, foods and drink. Our train will call at Birmingham in the evening to pick you up for the return journey to London. Continuing our steam hauled journey away from Birmingham, we follow the Stour Valley line through to Wolverhampton, where we will take the line to Shrewsbury. In no time at all, we will pass through Cosford, home to the extensive RAF museum, followed by Telford and Wellington. On arrival at Shrewsbury, you will have ample time to explore this historic town with its many listed buildings, castle, riveside walks and numerous shops. The Christmas Market will be a wonderful sight to explore its seasonal offerings of fresh food, drink and arts and crafts, all centred conveniently around the Square. We will return steam hauled from Shrewsbury by way of our outward route, picking up those passengers who chose to alight at Birmingham earlier in the day. We will call to set down at our pick up points before arriving back in London Paddington after a busy day of sightseeing and an interesting and relaxing train journey. PLEASE NOTE - The operation of the Christmas Market at Birmingham and Shrewsbury 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 Flying Scotsman Saturday 12 December 2020 Liverpool to Carlisle Departing: Liverpool Lime Street 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 and returning on the West Coast Main Line to Carnforth, where we change engines to one of our vintage Diesels for the final part of our journey. 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 Liverpool around 07:30 we make our way to Hellifield, where the journey really begins. 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 on the West Coast Main Line which takes us over Shap - the highest point on the line - and past The English Lake District, returning on the West Coast Main Line to Carnforth, where we change engines to one of our vintage Diesels for the final part of our journey to your home stations.

Edinburgh - Christmas Special Saturday 12 December 2020 Peterborough to Edinburgh Departing: Peterborough, Grantham, Newark Northgate, Retford, Doncaster Please Note: This trip is hauled by vintage diesel aboard our beautifully restored land cruise train 'Spirit of the Lakes' Our third tour to Edinburgh at Christmas starts from Peterborough and offers passengers along the East Coast Main Line the chance to travel north of the border in style to enjoy all the pre-Christmas attactions of Scotland's beautiful capital city aboard our luxurious Pullman train 'The Spirit of the Lakes'. Edinburgh is one of our most popular destinations and there is no wonder. First there is the journey north with the stunning scenery of the east coast to admire as the train rushes along the cliff tops giving spectacular sea views from the train. Then there are the attractions of Edinburgh which include the famous castle, numerous museums, galleries and the shops of Princess Street, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. At Christmas time there are also two bustling Christmas markets and an ice rink in the park. Add to all this the lights and decorations that you would expect of a capital city at this time of year and you have the perfect combination for a great day out. Departure from Peterborough should be at around 0630 with a break in Edinburgh of around three hours. Arrival back into Peterborough should be approximately 2230

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The Christmas White Rose Thursday 17th December 2020 Why not join us for a classic day out by steam train, combining two great steam locomotives, exciting main line running, varied landscape and the special atmosphere of York at Christmas time? We shall be steam hauled from Cambridge to York by LMS Princess Coronation Class steam locomotive No. 6233 ?Duchess of Sutherland? and on the return by A1 class Pacific No. 60163 Tornado. Our day out begins at around 07:40 when we leave Cambridge station and head northwards, stopping at Ely, March and Peterborough to pick up more passengers. Leaving Peterborough and its famous cathedral behind, we take the former Great Northern Railway line towards Grimsby at Werrington Junction and head across the fertile flatlands to Spalding, famous for its flower production. Here we join the Great Northern & Great Eastern Joint Railway line to Sleaford, where we will use the avoiding line. We continue through a part of rural Lincolnshire, famous for its potato farms, and reach Lincoln. Approaching Lincoln we notice that its spectacular Cathedral, that can be seen for miles around the area, dominates the city. After Lincoln, we head for Gainsborough and cross the Trent en route to Doncaster, where we meet up with the ECML once again. The Great Northern Railway opened its railway workshops in Doncaster in 1853 and Sir Nigel Gresley, who designed the A4 class ?Pacific? steam locomotives, was the Chief Mechanical Engineer to the LNER between 1923-41. From Doncaster, it will be a fast run northwards along the ECML to York, our destination for the 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. The York Christmas market will be in full swing adding to the seasonal atmosphere of this historic city. Our steam locomotive for the return journey back to Peterborough will be A1 class Pacific No. 60163 Tornado. Our train leaves York at around 16:30 for the return journey via Doncaster and the direct ECML route to Peterborough. We stop to set down passengers at Peterborough, March and Ely before arriving in Cambridge at around 21:05. 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.

White Cliffs Lunchtime Tour What could be more enjoyable than a steam train trip around the beautiful Kent coast? This circular tour offers the leisurely pace of steam travel without the need to get off the train with glorious views of the White Cliffs and English Channel. Trip Specific Information TRAVELLING SAFELY We fully expect to operate this trip with our usual level of service. Please rest assured we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment on board, whilst adhering to Public Health regulations. We will be in touch with all customers prior to your trip, with further information about what to expect on board and what to bring with you. Locomotive Black Five locomotive Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the steam hauled sections of the trip listed, it cannot be guaranteed and may be substituted for a different engine.

The Christmas White Rose Saturday 19th December 2020 Why not join us for a classic day out by steam train, combining exciting main line running hauled by two different steam locomotives, varied landscape and the special atmosphere of York? Our train will be hauled from London to York by A1 class Pacific No. 60163 Tornado and from York to London by LMS Princess Coronation class steam locomotive No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland. We leave London King?s Cross at around 07:05 behind Tornado and follow the route of famous old trains like the Flying Scotsman. We storm up the gradient through Gasworks Tunnel and Finsbury Park and head northwards, calling at Stevenage, Huntingdon and Peterborough to pick up more passengers. Our steam locomotive then tackles the 15-mile climb up the famous Stoke Bank. Here on 3rd July 1938, ?Mallard?, an A4 class ?Pacific?, achieved a world record speed of 126 mph when travelling in the opposite direction. Once over the summit we should have a good, fast run down the 20 mile descent to the Trent Valley and on through Grantham, Newark and Retford. We steam onwards through Doncaster before arriving into York. There will be plenty of time for passengers to enjoy the city and all it has to offer. York has some major tourist attractions including the National Railway Museum, the largest museum of its type in Britain; the Castle; the Shambles; the splendid Gothic York Minster, one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe; and the city walls. There are a number of other interesting museums, quaint alleyways, and a good variety of shops. The York Christmas Market will also be in full swing with its vast number of stalls offering local yuletide crafts, along with seasonal food and drink. Our train leaves York at around 16:30, this time hauled by Duchess of Sutherland, along the East Coast Main Line where we should achieve our maximum speed. It stops to set down passengers at the same stations as on the northbound journey, arriving at King?s Cross at around 21:25. 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.

The Flying Scotsman Saturday 19 December 2020 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 and returning on the West Coast Main Line to Carnforth, where we change engines to one of our vintage Diesels for the final part of our journey. 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 around 07:30 we make our way to Bolton then Hellifield, where the journey really begins. 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 on the West Coast Main Line which takes us over Shap - the highest point on the line - and past The English Lake District, returning on the West Coast Main Line to Carnforth, where we change engines to one of our vintage Diesels for the final part of our journey to your home stations.