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Pathfinder Tours (Railtour) The Grotto Grid

The Grotto Grid 14 December, 2019 Pathfinder's annual Christmas outing, with a rounding of the east & north midlands to the rail lines of north Lincolnshire. Joining Stations: Westbury, Bath Spa, Bristol Parkway, Cheltenham Spa, Bromsgrove, Northfield, Coleshill Parkway, Burton-on-Trent, Derby & Chesterfield Launching this railtour excursion in the July heatwave is rather surreal, but look ahead we must to the festive season and the post Brexit calm(!) Aboard our set of classic carriages we pick up to Derby, and reverse in Chaddeston Yard to attach the Colas Class 56 'Grid'. There then follows an itinerary via Lincoln to Barnetby for an hour lunchtime break; followed by travel over the ROXBY GULLET branchline and Scunthorpe area lines before heading homeward to complete an enjoyable day. Featured Track: Pilot Line (Derby), Scunthorpe Trent Reception |Line, Roxby Gullet Branchline, Scunthorpe Yard, Scunthorpe Old Station & E Line, Doncaster, Avoiding Line, Roundwood Chord, Up Canklow Goods Loop, Up & Down Staveley Goods Loop, Woodhouse Sidings, Up & Down Blackwell Slow, Up & Down Erewash Slow, Lenton Curve, Toton High Level Lines & Toton Upside.

Railway Touring Company (Steam Railtour) The Christmas White Rose
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The Christmas White Rose Saturday 14th December 2019 ** Fully booked in PREMIER & STANDARD. Only 2 available in FIRST ** We will travel along the East Coast Main Line to York, the former operating lines of the famous LNER Express Passenger Pacifics in the heyday of steam hauled expresses to and from London. We will make our way northwards steam hauled from London King's Cross as far as York by A1 class steam locomotive No.60163 Tornado. We will make convenient pickup calls at Stevenage and Peterborough, before heading up the famous Stoke Bank, the scene where in 1938 Mallard achieved the world speed record for a steam locomotive at 126 mph. We will follow the ECML through Grahtham, Newark and Retford before we reach Doncaster, famous in railway history as the location of the LNER's works where such iconic locomotives as Mallard and Flying Scotsman were built. Continuing northwards from Doncaster, Tornado will be able to show its strength by achieving maximum speed as we race along towards York, our destination for the afternoon. York is world famous as a tourist destination with its many sights, including the Minster, Castle, Yorvic centre and the quaint medieval alleyways and riverside walks. Railway enthusiasts are not forgotten, as York is the location of the National Railway Museum, reflecting the history of railways in this country. The York Christmas Market will also be in full swing adding a pre festive atmosphere to the city with its many market stalls and food outlets. After time in York, we will return south with A4 Pacific No.60009 Union of South Africa and follow our outward route back to London King's Cross, stopping as outward to set down passengers. Look out for Father Christmas and his Elves who will be visiting the train during the day and handing out presents to all children on board. Please let us know your child's age when booking. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served to the first and standard class passengers on board.

UK Railtours (Steam Railtour) The Christmas Chester Chuffer

The Christmas Chester Chuffer Saturday 14 December 2019 Christmas just wouldn't be complete without a steam train, so why not join us for a wonderful day out to historic Chester. Our train runs via Coventry to Bescot Yard, where our steam loco awaits. This is booked to be the superb 'West Country' class Pacific 34046 'Braunton', one of the Locomotive Services Limited fleet based at Crewe and owned by Jeremy Hosking. Our steam-hauled itinerary takes us via Wolverhampton, then on past Cosford to Shrewsbury where an array of characterful semaphore signals can be seen, defying the march of progress and still controlled from the magnificent Severn Bridge Junction manual signalbox, towering high above the tracks. We head through the peaceful Shropshire countryside, passing Gobowen station which made the news some years ago when schoolgirls took over the running of the ticket office. Look out for the graceful aqueduct at Chirk, parallel to the railway viaduct connecting England with Wales. The fine scenery continues both before and after the junction town of Wrexham and along Gresford Bank. We steam into Chester around lunchtime for a break of some four hours. It takes about twelve minutes to walk into the city centre but the walk is level and there is a frequent shuttle bus available to. No city conjures up the feel of 'Olde England' quite so convincingly as Chester, with its fine black and white timbered buildings. The River Dee winds its way around the elegant old city and a Christmas market will be taking place, with some seventy chalets huddled around a huge Christmas tree. During our stay in Chester, 34046 'Braunton' will have been watered and serviced ready for the next stage of our journey, via Beeston Castle to Crewe. Here we say farewell to steam, and our train will soon be on its way back home via Stafford and Rugby. Dining guests will be in for a real treat on this trip. Breakfast will be enjoyed on the outward journey, followed by morning coffee as we steam around the Welsh borders at Chester. The climax of the day will be a mouthwatering four-course Christmas dinner. A buffet car will be available to non-diners. We are expecting this Christmas special to be in great demand, so book soon to be sure of your seats!

Vintage Trains (Steam Railtour) Christmas White Rose (York via Tamworth & Burton)

Christmas White Rose (York via Tamworth & Burton) Saturday 14th December In our first of two Christmas White Rose trains to York, we plan to traverse our more established route via Tamworth and Burton-on-Trent. The route avoiding Derby and up the Erewash Valley allows us to stop at Ilkeston; the first time 7029 has ever stopped at this station. The ever-popular city of York has many attractions for the day visitor as well as the Christmas shopper looking for the perfect gift. If shopping isn't for you, inside York's three miles of city walls there is evidence of Roman, Viking and Medieval history, mixed with classic architecture from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Why not visit the Gothic splendour of York Minster with its Rose Window, the Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum (free entry) or the Jorvik Viking Experience to name just a few. Alternatively, boat trips are available on the River Ouse, or you can pre-book an open-top bus tour or simply browse around the medieval shopping streets of Stonegate and The Shambles. This year, as with previous, we plan to fully utilise 'REG' the Water Carrier to reduce the water stops, therefore reducing the journey times and allowing us to include a short photo stop at Pontefract in the morning - weather dependent of course! Passengers can join the train at Dorridge, Solihull, Tyseley (Mainline Station), Coleshill Parkway, Tamworth and Burton-on-Trent and Ilkeston Steam hauled throughout by No: 7029 'Clun Castle' with heating assistance from 47773

West Coast Railways (Steam Railtour) The Flying Scotsman Christmas Dalesman

The Flying Scotsman Christmas Dalesman Liverpool to Carlisle Saturday 14 December 2019 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 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.

The Steam Dreams Rail Co. (Steam Railtour) London to Blenheim & Stratford Carols

London to Blenheim & Stratford Carols Sunday 15th December 2019 Departs: Sunday 15th December 2019 From: London Victoria , Staines , Ascot , Reading

London Omnibus Traction Society (Buses) Extreme Bus Journeys

Extreme Bus Journeys Monday 16 December: - Roger French will present 'Extreme Bus Journeys' based on his recent travels around the UK. LOTS Meetings and Events Society Meetings: At Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1. Doors open from 6pm. sales stand from 6.30pm, event begins at 7.30 and is finished by 10pm. There is no charge. Visitors are welcome, especially from other societies or if you buy something or join as a new member.

The Steam Dreams Rail Co. (Steam Railtour) London to Salisbury & Sherborne Carols

London to Salisbury & Sherborne Carols Tuesday 17th December 2019 Departs: Tuesday 17th December 2019 From: London Waterloo , Woking

UK Railtours (Railtour) The LNER HST Farewell
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The LNER HST Farewell Wednesday 18 December to Saturday 21 December 2019 After more than 40 years of service on the East Coast route, the age of the InterCity 125 High Speed Trains is rapidly nearing its end as the sleek new Azuma trains gradually take over. To mark the end of an era, LNER is restoring an InterCity 125 set to its original British Rail livery and undertaking a special four-day tour around the LNER network. As a special treat for those onboard, for the first time LNER will take the train 'across the top' from Aberdeen to Inverness to kick off Day One of the Farewell Tour. THE NORTHERN LIGHTS - WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER 2019: From Edinburgh, departing 09.46, we travel via the Forth and Tay Bridges to Dundee, then all the way up the East Coast to the Granite City of Aberdeen. We then enjoy a journey along the 'Great North of Scotland' route through Elgin, to the reach the Highland Capital, Inverness at 16.44.

West Coast Railways (Steam Railtour) The Flying Scotsman Christmas Dalesman

The Flying Scotsman Christmas Dalesman Manchester to Carlisle Wednesday 18 December 2019 From Manchester Victoria and 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 Blackburn (we can pick passengers up in Blackburn, but the return journey would be dropped off in Preston). From Blackburn 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.

Railway Touring Company (Steam Railtour) The Chester Christmas Express
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The Chester Christmas Express Thursday 19th December 2019 ** FULLY BOOKED IN ALL CLASSES ** Join us on seasonal tour that provides an excellent opportunity to travel across the country from east to west, visiting the historic city of Chester. Apart from its cultural attractions, including the Cathedral, Castle and the Medieval Rows, Chester is a well established shopping mecca, with a large choice of designer and main stream shopping on offer. Our steam hauled train will be pulled by 46233 Duchess of Sutherland from Stevenage to Chester via an interesting route. Our journey commences at Stevenage early morning where at Hitchin we take the line to Cambridge. We then call to pick up Ely, March and Peterborough. We now follow the 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, our final pick up station. 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. Our route now takes us westwards through Hinkley to Nuneaton, where we join the West Coast main line. Heading northwards, our steam locomotive can now get up to top speed as we head for Tamworth and Lichfield. Lines split at Colwich Junction and here we follow the WCML through Shugborough Park to round Queensville Curve at Stafford. The four tracks continue northwards through rural Staffordshire, with our steam locomotive working hard as it tackles the long climb to Whitmore Summit. After a few more miles, we slow down and approach the major railway junction of Crewe. Our final part of the journey takes us across the Cheshire Plain through Beeston Castle, with its lofty 13th century castle overlooking the railway and the Shropshire Union Canal. In no time at all, we arrive at Chester, where there will be a break of around three and a half hours for passengers to visit the city with all its attractions. The Chester Christmas Market with over 70 traditional wooden chalets is situated in the heart of Chester. There will be an abundance of festive treats and gifts on offer, including quality local and regional products, crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, unique gifts and stocking fillers which are sure to make the perfect present! Don't forget to sample the delicious hot food and drink, including tasty mulled wine and hot chocolate; the perfect way to keep warm whilst enjoying the market. We depart Chester, steam hauled, early evening for the journey home. We say goodbye to our steam locomotive at Leicester and continue diesel hauled to Stevenage, where our tour today terminates. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served to the first and standard class passengers on board.

The Wind Up (Social Gathering) 1987 - 19 December 2019 DEPTFORD (DEP)
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1987 - 19 December 2019 DEPTFORD (DEP) Dog & Bell, 116 Prince Street, SE8 3JD ? It has now become tradition for our pre-Christmas wind-up to be held at the popular 'Dog & Bell' (Free), and this year is no exception. As usual a mild should be available for us, along with a selection of other beers including interesting local brews. The usual home cooked food is also on offer. Note that dogs are only allowed in the bar area. Both Southeastern and Thameslink services from London Bridge call at Deptford, doubtless competing for the reliability crown?

Wind Up North (Social Gathering) Wind Up North #155 The Blind Pig 19th December 2019
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Wind Up North #155 The Blind Pig 19th December 2019 4 Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ This stylish bar occupies a former bank building. Under new management since 2014 they specialise in Real Ales, cocktails, bottled world beers and ciders. The downstairs bar area has seating around the edge in boothed areas and at the bar. A separate secret room is also available for hire. This pub serves three changing beers typically from Nightjar, Vocation or Worsthorne. 7 minutes walk from Sowerby Bridge Station. Coincides with Mini Wood Fest at Jubilee Refreshment Rooms.

UK Railtours (Railtour) The LNER HST Farewell
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The LNER HST Farewell Wednesday 18 December to Saturday 21 December 2019 After more than 40 years of service on the East Coast route, the age of the InterCity 125 High Speed Trains is rapidly nearing its end as the sleek new Azuma trains gradually take over. To mark the end of an era, LNER is restoring an InterCity 125 set to its original British Rail livery and undertaking a special four-day tour around the LNER network. As a special treat for those onboard, for the first time LNER will take the train 'across the top' from Aberdeen to Inverness to kick off Day One of the Farewell Tour. THE HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN - THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER 2019: Departing from Inverness at 12.14 we enjoy scenery on a truly grand scale as we head south on the Highland Main Line. We top the famous summits at Slochd and Druimuachdar before descending to Perth and Stirling. Finally we cross Scotland's lowland belt to arrive in Edinburgh at 16.39.

The Steam Dreams Rail Co. (Steam Railtour) White Cliffs Lunchtime Tour

White Cliffs Lunchtime Tour Friday 20th December 2019 Departs: Friday 20th December 2019 From: London Victoria , Bromley South , Swanley (Kent)

UK Railtours (Railtour) The LNER HST Farewell
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The LNER HST Farewell Wednesday 18 December to Saturday 21 December 2019 After more than 40 years of service on the East Coast route, the age of the InterCity 125 High Speed Trains is rapidly nearing its end as the sleek new Azuma trains gradually take over. To mark the end of an era, LNER is restoring an InterCity 125 set to its original British Rail livery and undertaking a special four-day tour around the LNER network. As a special treat for those onboard, for the first time LNER will take the train 'across the top' from Aberdeen to Inverness to kick off Day One of the Farewell Tour. THE NORTHUMBRIAN - FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER 2019: Today we leave Edinburgh at 09.37 and, with wonderful views over the North Sea, we're bound for England! We cross the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick-upon-Tweed, see the Tyne Bridges at Newcastle and glimpse Durham Castle high above the River Wear. Then it's on through York to arrive in Leeds at 16.20.

Railway Touring Company (Steam Railtour) The Edinburgh Christmas Market
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The Edinburgh Christmas Market Saturday 21st December 2019 **FULLY BOOKED IN ALL CLASSES** A rare opportunity is on offer with this special steam hauled train using an A4 Pacific No.60009 Union of South Africa running at speed both ways over its former territory from York to Edinburgh and return. There will be time in Edinbugh to visit the sights before we return south, including the fabulous Christmas Market. A marvelous Winter Wonderland with Wooden Chalets, Ice Skating Rink and even a Big Wheel. 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 on the East Coast main line through to Northallerton, where 60009 Union of South Africa 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. Union of South Africa 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 coastal 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 Prices Street Gardens, whilst Union of South Africa 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 vist, including the Palace of Holyrood, the Castle on the Royal Mile, Galleries and Museums and Princes Street Gardens. We will return south with Union of South Africa 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. Look out for Father Christmas and his Elves who will be visiting the train during the day and handing out presents to all children on board. Please let us know your child's age when booking. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served to the first and standard class passengers on board.

UK Railtours (Railtour) Beverley at Christmas

Beverley at Christmas Saturday 21 December 2019 The welcoming East Yorkshire market town of Beverley has beauty in abundance, historic buildings galore, narrow cobbled streets and oodles of small town charm. It offers an upmarket Christmas shopping experience and the whole place is virtually level, just a few minutes' easy walk from the station. There is an appealing selection of smaller individual shops, an antique arcade, trendy coffee shops and a bustling Saturday market. As on our previous visits at this time of year, the highlight of your visit will be a carol concert in the staggeringly beautiful Beverley Minster, specially arranged for UK Railtours. The Director of Music and his superb choir always put a really imaginative programme together for us, just one reason why we continue to return to this very popular venue. Our journey is via the East Coast Main Line as far as Doncaster. As we head along the Humber Estuary, look out for the towering and graceful Humber Bridge, opened in 1981 with a height of 510 feet and a dramatic main span of no fewer than 4,626 feet. The train skirts the City of Hull before striking north for ten miles through bucolic farmlands to arrive at Beverley. We will be there for nearly four hours so you have ample time to enjoy the carol concert and everything the compact little town has to offer.

UK Railtours (Railtour) The LNER HST Farewell
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The LNER HST Farewell Wednesday 18 December to Saturday 21 December 2019 After more than 40 years of service on the East Coast route, the age of the InterCity 125 High Speed Trains is rapidly nearing its end as the sleek new Azuma trains gradually take over. To mark the end of an era, LNER is restoring an InterCity 125 set to its original British Rail livery and undertaking a special four-day tour around the LNER network. As a special treat for those onboard, for the first time LNER will take the train 'across the top' from Aberdeen to Inverness to kick off Day One of the Farewell Tour. . THE WEST RIDING LIMITED - SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 2019: The grand finale! Our special HST leaves Leeds at 11.01 for a special run south via Doncaster and Peterborough, pausing at most of the major stations along the way. The era of the LNER InterCity 125 finally comes to an end at London King's Cross at 15.09.

Vintage Trains (Steam Railtour) Christmas White Rose (York via Nuneaton, Leicester & Ilkeston)

Christmas White Rose (York via Nuneaton, Leicester & Ilkeston) Saturday 21st December This year we are offering two Christmas trips to York on subsequent weekends with slightly different passenger pickups for your convenience. This first Christmas White Rose will travel the route we used to use via Nuneaton and Leicester with additional stops at East Midlands Parkway and Ilkeston. This will be only the second time 7029 has ever stopped at Ilkeston station - the first being the previous weekend! The ever-popular city of York has many attractions for the day visitor as well as the Christmas shopper looking for the perfect gift. If shopping isn't for you, inside York's three miles of city walls there is evidence of Roman, Viking and Medieval history, mixed with classic architecture from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Why not visit the Gothic splendour of York Minster with its Rose Window, the Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum (free entry) or the Jorvik Viking Experience to name just a few. Alternatively, boat trips are available on the River Ouse, or you can pre-book an open-top bus tour or simply browse around the medieval shopping streets of Stonegate and The Shambles. This year, as with previous, we plan to fully utilise 'REG' the Water Carrier to reduce the water stops, therefore reducing the journey times and allowing us to include a short photo stop at Pontefract in the morning - weather dependent of course! Passengers can join the train at Dorridge, Solihull, Tyseley (Mainline Station), Coleshill Parkway, Nuneaton, Leicester, East Midlands Parkway and Ilkeston. Steam hauled throughout by No: 7029 'Clun Castle' with heating assistance from 47773

West Coast Railways (Steam Railtour) The Flying Scotsman Christmas Dalesman

The Flying Scotsman Christmas Dalesman Manchester to Carlisle Saturday 21 December 2019 From Manchester Victoria and 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 Blackburn (we can pick passengers up in Blackburn, but the return journey would be dropped off in Preston). From Blackburn 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.

Mid-Hants Railway (Heritage Line Event) Christmas Leave

Christmas Leave Experience Christmas on a WWII railway 26th - 27th December 2019 'We'll meet again, I do know where, I do know when, I know we'll meet again...' This Christmas, the Watercress Line invite you to join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway. Whether this is a trip down memory lane, or a chance to make new memories, it is the perfect place to bring your family and guests after Christmas. On both the 26th and 27th December, our period stations will host re-enactors and the general public enjoying wartime music, steam and seasonal merriment. Come and join them for this unique experience. Your ticket will include all day travel on the railway, and you can hop on and off at all 4 stations enjoying the 40s entertainment on offer.

Great Central Railway - Nottingham (Heritage Line Event) Winter Holiday Trains

Winter Holiday Trains An opportunity to escape the house, the washing-up and yet another round of turkey sandwiches, our trains will be operating with both classic steam and diesel locomotives, enabling you to sample the Nottinghamshire countryside from the comfort of your train. Hopefully, the weather will co-operate and blanket the railway in fresh snow!! Both classic diesel and steam locomotives will haul services.

Mid-Hants Railway (Heritage Line Event) Christmas Leave

Christmas Leave Experience Christmas on a WWII railway 26th - 27th December 2019 'We'll meet again, I do know where, I do know when, I know we'll meet again...' This Christmas, the Watercress Line invite you to join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway. Whether this is a trip down memory lane, or a chance to make new memories, it is the perfect place to bring your family and guests after Christmas. On both the 26th and 27th December, our period stations will host re-enactors and the general public enjoying wartime music, steam and seasonal merriment. Come and join them for this unique experience. Your ticket will include all day travel on the railway, and you can hop on and off at all 4 stations enjoying the 40s entertainment on offer.

Boness and Kinneil Railway (Diesel Gala) Winter Diesel Gala

Winter Diesel Gala

Great Central Railway - Nottingham (Heritage Line Event) Winter Holiday Trains

Winter Holiday Trains An opportunity to escape the house, the washing-up and yet another round of turkey sandwiches, our trains will be operating with both classic steam and diesel locomotives, enabling you to sample the Nottinghamshire countryside from the comfort of your train. Hopefully, the weather will co-operate and blanket the railway in fresh snow!! Both classic diesel and steam locomotives will haul services.

Spa Valley Railway (Heritage Line Event) Winter Steam Up and Kids for a Quid!

Winter Steam Up and Kids for a Quid! Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th December 2019 Following the huge success of the 2018 event, the Winter Steam Up returns for 2019! Full details including the locomotives visiting and in operation will be published later in 2019. The 2018 event saw Hunslet No. 1982 'Ring Haw', Great Western Railway No. 813 and Cass 31/4 31430 'Sister Dora' operating our two train timetable.

Great Central Railway - Nottingham (Heritage Line Event) End of Year Mixed Traffic Gala

End of Year Mixed Traffic Gala The final chance to ride the GCRN in 2019. A one-day event featuring an intensive timetable of both Steam & Diesel hauled services to take away the post-Christmas blues. This event runs with a special timetable and special pricing applies.

Spa Valley Railway (Heritage Line Event) Winter Steam Up and Kids for a Quid!

Winter Steam Up and Kids for a Quid! Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th December 2019 Following the huge success of the 2018 event, the Winter Steam Up returns for 2019! Full details including the locomotives visiting and in operation will be published later in 2019. The 2018 event saw Hunslet No. 1982 'Ring Haw', Great Western Railway No. 813 and Cass 31/4 31430 'Sister Dora' operating our two train timetable.

West Somerset Railway (Heritage Line Event) Winter Steam Festival

Winter Steam Festival The West Somerset Railways Winter Steam festival a more intensive timetables in operation Why not have a nostalgic day out between Christmas and the New Year riding in a warm sixty year old railway carriage behind a steam locomotive whilst enjoying changing views of the Quantock Hills and the Exmoor Coast on the West Somerset Railway? There will be an enhanced timetable of trains over the 20 miles of line between Bishops Lydeard (four miles from Somerset's county town of Taunton) and Minehead. Even if trains aren't your main interest the extra services offer opportunities to visit the old harbour town of Watchet or the medieval village of Dunster with its castle. Or if you would like a clearing the cobwebs country walk there are a number of different ones from our 10 stations and a book describing these can be purchased from our Minehead station shop by calling 01643 700387 with your card details.

UK Railtours (Railtour) TIME LORD - PLUS TWENTY!

TIME LORD - PLUS TWENTY! Monday 30 December 2019 This marks the twentieth anniversary of our well-remembered 'Time Lord' railtour, a rather sobering thought - where did all that time go? The 'cold turkey' days between Christmas and New Year have always been a popular time for 'Forgotten Tracks' Railtours, a reason to get out and about between the long weeks of excess prior to Christmas and the impending New Year festivities. This year, hard to believe, is the twentieth anniversary of the millennium celebrations. Where did all that time go? Many will remember the 'Time Lord' tour we ran on 'Millennium Eve-Eve' in 1999, which paid a visit to the meridian town of Cleethorpes. The 2019 version is a 'Forgotten Tracks' railtour which revisits this interesting seaside town, but with a different itinerary. 'Time Lord Plus Twenty' departs from King's Cross and the usual East Coast Main Line pick-ups. We then travel via Grantham, Newark, Lincoln, Market Rasen, Barnetby and Brocklesby Junction where we take the branch through Ulceby and New Holland to Barton-on-Humber, a most unusual destination for a loco-hauled train. After reversal we travel via Habrough to Marsh West Junction. Some customers may recall that there were problems with the Immingham 'tramway' line which prevented its inclusion on an earlier tour. Network Rail has advised us that remedial works have now been completed, so we diverge via Pyewipe Road Junction, following the route of the much lamented Grimsby & Immingham Electric Railway. After a while we pass the extensive Immingham complex and rejoin our earlier route at Ulceby. From here we head to Grimsby and Cleethorpes for a break of around an hour and a half. At Cleethorpes the station is, quite literally, on the sea front. Time to take a bracing seaside stroll, maybe calling in at one of the real ale venues for which the town is noted. Nearby is Cleethorpes Pier, recently named 'Pier of the Year' by the British Piers Society. Alternatively you can alight at Grimsby and explore there. Our homeward journey is just as it was twenty years ago, via Scunthorpe, Stainforth, Applehurst Junction, Skellow Junction, Carcroft Junction, Doncaster and the East Coast Main Line. Humber Bridge Option: Alight at Barton-on-Humber (short platform) and take a bus trip over the truly awesome Humber Bridge and back, then continuing to Cleethorpes for the break and the return journey. Passengers on this option will not travel over the Immingham line of course. This will not operate in high winds. Supplement: GBP5.00 All three classes of accommodation are available on this tour. We can assure dining guests that turkey will not feature on this occasion. Dining is available only from (and back to) King's Cross, Potters Bar and Stevenage.

West Somerset Railway (Heritage Line Event) Winter Steam Festival

Winter Steam Festival The West Somerset Railways Winter Steam festival a more intensive timetables in operation Why not have a nostalgic day out between Christmas and the New Year riding in a warm sixty year old railway carriage behind a steam locomotive whilst enjoying changing views of the Quantock Hills and the Exmoor Coast on the West Somerset Railway? There will be an enhanced timetable of trains over the 20 miles of line between Bishops Lydeard (four miles from Somerset's county town of Taunton) and Minehead. Even if trains aren't your main interest the extra services offer opportunities to visit the old harbour town of Watchet or the medieval village of Dunster with its castle. Or if you would like a clearing the cobwebs country walk there are a number of different ones from our 10 stations and a book describing these can be purchased from our Minehead station shop by calling 01643 700387 with your card details.

Great Central Railway (Heritage Line Event) Night Rider - New Year's Eve
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Night Rider - New Year's Eve Join us for an evening train with both steam and diesel haulage to see in the New Year. Departing Loughborough Central at 19:00, enjoy an evening travelling through the night and into 2020. Click here to buy tickets online On the final trip of the evening, we will arrive at Leicester North station at approximately 23:50. Here we will pause the celebrate the arrival of the New Year at midnight before departure again at 00:15.

Epping Ongar Railway (Heritage Line Event) New Year Steam Day1 January 2020

New Year Steam Day1 January 2020 Steam into the Forest this New Years Day with our steam hauled services. Our main services to Ongar will be worked by steam locomotives today and connecting heritage buses will run between Epping Underground and North Weald stations.

Friends of King Alfred Buses (Buses) KING ALFRED MINI RUNNING DAY: Wednesday 1st January 2020

KING ALFRED MINI RUNNING DAY: Wednesday 1st January 2020 Our next vintage bus Running Day will be on 1st January, based on the Broadway, Winchester. We will start at around 09:00 with the last trips departing at about 16:00. Approximately four vehicles will be in service operating most of the traditional King Alfred routes. All journeys will be entirely free of charge. More details will be available in due course. Our major event for 2020 will be The Original King Alfred Running Day on Sunday 3rd May. As well as free bus services over the King Alfred routes with former King Alfred vehicles, the event will feature many visiting vehicles and a Transport Bazaar at the Guildhall. May 2020 is also the centenary of the first King Alfred excursion, so keep an eye open for events to mark this anniversary!

The Wind Up (Social Gathering) 1988 - 2 January 2020 WESTMINSTER
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1988 - 2 January 2020 WESTMINSTER The Speaker, 46 Great Peter St, SW1P 2HA We last visited The Speaker 18 months ago shortly before the lease with Pleisure expired. Following a brief closure last summer for refurbishment, which preserved the character and enhanced the decor, it re-opened under Bermondsey Pub Company management. Still popular and hence busy, this is probably the best time of year for our group to visit ! There are five hand pumps dispensing real ale, amongst which there is always a dark beer, and the landlord is aware that will be our preference ! Note that food is no longer available. The pub is situated near St James's Park station.

Wind Up North (Social Gathering) Wind Up North #156 The Cuckoo's Nest 2nd Januray 2020
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Wind Up North #156 The Cuckoo's Nest 2nd Januray 2020 111 Market Street, Chorley, PR7 2SQ One of the town's growing number of micropubs the Cuckoo's Nest (previously known as the ''D'Owd Inn' and 'Toastie Tavern') opened its doors in March 2019. Situated in a corner shop unit on Market Street, the pub is on a split level, with comfortable seating on the upper level and a more 'public bar' feel to the lower level. Up to three changing real ales are available with an emphasis on sourcing from local microbreweries with plans to expand the range to four and an additional real cider in the near future. The house beer is an amber ale, One Brew over the Cuckoo's Nest, and is usually available. 8 minutes walk from Chorley Station.

Irish Railway Record Society (Presentation) Thursday 16 January 2020

Thursday 16 January 2020 'NI Railways - Fleet Engineering' by Richard Noble Former Head of Rail Fleet Engineering for NI Railways, Richard is now Project Manager for the forthcoming introduction of additional rolling stock. His presentation will cover the challenges of maintaining the various types and ages of rolling stock on NIR and the challenges of integrating new carriages into existing Class 4000 trains to create permanent six car sets. Richard will also share some current thinking on the future rolling stock strategies for NIR and potential maintenance implications as passenger growth continues Meetings are from 19.00 - 21.45 in Central London in the Function Room, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray's Inn Road, LONDON WC1X 8JR The room is accessible by stairs only and a selection of Irish transport books is usually on sale. Entry is GBP3 members, GBP5 non-members. The non-member entry fee is refunded if you join the Society on the night.

Pathfinder Tours (Railtour) The DRS Class 20 Farewell

The DRS Class 20 Farewell 18 January 2020 Join Pathfinder for this 'AU REVOIR' to DRS Class 20s. Joining Stations: Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, Cheltenham Spa, Bromsgrove, Birmingham New Street, Tamworth High Level & Derby DRS came into being during 1995, with five former B.R. Class 20s forming the initial locomotive fleet. For the next 20 years up to 15 class members were kept busy on various freight flows, but then came rationalisation and a reduction to just the handful remaining today for a soon to finish Network Rail contract. This railtour marks the end of an era finale for the DRS Class 20s, with a last run from York to Crewe, but as is usual with Pathfinder not by a direct route! The day starts off with a cross country routing from Bristol to York, with a pair of Class 57s (Os requested) heading. At York the Class 20s* take over for, firstly, a trip around the Harrogate circle to Leeds, arriving around 1300 for a two hour break. Underway again our special mark1 carriaged train heads to Huddersfield for traversal of the Penistone line to Barnsley and Sheffield, then Derby and onward to Crewe, via Uttoxeter and Stoke for a final flourish from our 60 ish year old machines. A modern Class 68 will work the train back to our originating stations to complete the day.

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Great Central Railway (Steam Gala) Winter Steam Gala - 24th to 26th January 2020
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Winter Steam Gala - 24th to 26th January 2020 Our Winter Steam Gala takes place from 24th to 26th January 2020. We are expecting at least one guest locomotive, with up to 9 locomotives in steam. More details will be available soon.

Great Central Railway (Steam Gala) Winter Steam Gala - 24th to 26th January 2020
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Winter Steam Gala - 24th to 26th January 2020 Our Winter Steam Gala takes place from 24th to 26th January 2020. We are expecting at least one guest locomotive, with up to 9 locomotives in steam. More details will be available soon.

Railway Touring Company (Steam Railtour) The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express

The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express Saturday 25th January 2020 Travelling outwards over the West Coast Main Line via Shap to Carlisle, time will be available to explore this historic border city. In the afternoon, we head southwards again, but via the highly scenic Settle & Carlisle line. This will be even more special if there is snow about to enhance the breathtaking scenery of the Pennines. The train will be hauled by either steam locomotive no. 45699 Galatea or 45690 Leander. Our special train will depart from Manchester Victoria at about 07:00 stopping to collect passengers at Bolton and Preston. We enjoy a fast run along the West Coast Main Line (WCML) to Carnforth where we stop for our locomotive to take on water. 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 used to assist trains. After crossing the Cumbrian Fells we descend to Penrith, and then head for Carlisle. We stay in the Border City for over two hours, providing ample time to visit the castle, cathedral, museum and shops, or just to relax in one of the many fine coffee shops, restaurants or bars. We leave Carlisle and begin to climb as soon as we join the Settle & Carlisle Line, one of the best known and best loved stretches of railway line in Britain. We stop at Appleby, for our steam locomotive to take on water. The route then climbs through Kirkby Stephen towards the highest railway summit in England at Ais Gill, 1,169 feet above sea level. We pass over tall 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 to Settle before we stop for our steam locomotive to take on water. We continue through Hellifield and Clitheroe to Blackburn, where we stop to set down passengers. We then head for Bamber Bridge and join the WCML at Farington Junction and make our way towards Bolton, where we stop to set down passengers. Shortly after 19:00, we arrive at our final destination of Manchester Victoria, and the end of a truly marvellous day. *Passengers for Preston travel by service train from Blackburn on the return journey.

UK Railtours (Railtour) The Robert Burns

The Robert Burns Saturday 25 January 2020 The anniversary of the birth of the renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns on 25 January 1759 is celebrated worldwide as Burns Night. Despite his short life of just 37 years, his evocative verses and heart rending songs like Auld Lang Syne earned him recognition as the greatest Scot of all time in a television survey in 2009. With Burns Night falling on a Saturday, it seems only right to dedicate an excursion train to the memory of the great man. So here is a 'Winter Wonderland' excursion designed to lift you out of the winter blues. Take a trip over the Pennine Hills where arguably the scenery is at its most dramatic in winter, complete with some snow on the hills (not guaranteed, but very probable!). Starting at Euston and calling at Watford, Milton Keynes and Northampton, our journey takes us via Stockport. Here we veer right, taking a route that was once an important passenger-carrying link towards Guide Bridge. Changes in the pattern of train services mean that this today is a freight line, with local stations enjoying (?) just a nominal service of one or two trains a week, retained to avoid the time-consuming and expensive closure procedure. At Stalybridge the gradients begin as we experience views across the wild terrain for which the Pennine Hills are famous. Climbing past Diggle we reach the summit at Standedge and enter the West Riding of Yorkshire. The views continue through Slaithwaite to Huddersfield. We gaze out across the wasteland that was once the extensive Healey Mills marshalling yards before passing Wakefield Kirkgate and Castleford, reaching the great city of York at lunchtime. York is a destination that makes perfect sense at any time of year. Obviously the National Railway Museum (free of charge) is right next to the station, while on the opposite side the city walls, the Minster, the little shopping streets of the Shambles and plenty besides are just a few minutes' walk away. A portrait of our immortal bard hangs outside the Burns Hotel, a welcoming little pub at 23 Market Street. You have around three and a half hours in York before rejoining the train for the homeward journey.

Great Central Railway (Steam Gala) Winter Steam Gala - 24th to 26th January 2020
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Winter Steam Gala - 24th to 26th January 2020 Our Winter Steam Gala takes place from 24th to 26th January 2020. We are expecting at least one guest locomotive, with up to 9 locomotives in steam. More details will be available soon.

Railway Touring Company (Steam Railtour) The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express

The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express Saturday 1st February 2020 The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express provides a wonderful opportunity to get out and about during the winter months, with the added bonus of steam haulage over the Northern Fells, including the spectacular Settle & Carlisle Railway. 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 via the Settle and Carlisle line. We return from Preston 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 (WCML). We stop to pick up passengers at Milton Keynes (where passengers from Watford Junction join by service train), Rugby (where passengers from Northampton join by service train), Nuneaton and Crewe. We continue north along the WCML to Preston, our final stop to pick up passengers. We continue through Lancaster to Carnforth, where we change motive power to a steam locomotive; either 35018 'British India Line', 45699 'Galatea' or 45690 'Leander'. Leaving Carnforth, our steam locomotive will be working hard when we climb the first severe gradient up to Grayrigg. We then travel through the beautiful Lune Gorge to Tebay, 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 used to assist trains. After crossing the Cumbrian Fells we descend to Penrith, and then head for Carlisle. There will be around three hours in Carlisle, providing time to explore this ancient 'Border' city with its castle, cathedral, Tullie House Museum, and shopping centre. We leave Carlisle and join 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 tall 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 and Clitheroe to Preston where we say goodbye to our steam locomotive. We pass though Wigan and Warrington en route to Crewe hauled by our blue class 86 electric locomotive with a fast run to London expected. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers. *Passengers from Watford Junction will travel to Milton Keynes by service train to join our train. **Passengers from Northampton will travel to and from Rugby by service train to join our train.

Saphos Trains (Steam Railtour) NORTH WALES COAST EXPRESS - SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2020

NORTH WALES COAST EXPRESS - SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2020 DEPARTING FROM: Leicester (07.15/19.45) Narborough (07.25/19.35) Hinckley (07.35/19.25) Nuneaton (07.45/19.15) Tamworth (08.00/19.00) Lichfield Trent Valley (08.10/18.50) Rugeley Trent Valley (08.20/18.40) Stafford (08.40/18.20) Crewe (09.30/17.30) All timings shown are approximate and may be subject to change - Tickets and confirmed timings will be forwarded by post 7 days prior to departure Enjoy a day out to the beautiful North Wales coast as our train travels on a 200-mile steam hauled return journey from Crewe across the pretty Cheshire Plain, through Chester and along the delightful Welsh shoreline, known for its stunning beaches with sweeping views of the Dee Estuary, Irish Sea, historic castles, Snowdonia Mountains and finally crossing the Menai Strait with a fast run across Anglesey to the Port of Holyhead for an afternoon break. The train is steam hauled from Crewe by one of our immaculately restored pool of engines including: the world famous LMS Royal Scot Class, No.46100 'Royal Scot' - West Country Class, No. 34046 'Braunton' - Britannia Pacific Class, No 70000 'Britannia' The choice of destinations includes: Bangor A small but lively city and university town, Bangor has a Cathedral with ancient roots this religious site can be traced back to the 6th century. The former Bishop's Palace has been refurbished as the new home for the museum and gallery. A good shopping centre too along what's reputed to be Wales's longest High Street. Visit Penrhyn Castle, the National Trust mansion set in beautiful grounds on the outskirts of town, and nearby Greenwood Forest Park, a popular family attraction. Holyhead The port of Holyhead is the busiest UK Irish ferry port and is home to the largest seagoing ferry in the world. The town centre offers several good places to eat and shop. The Maritime Museum is worth a visit where you can learn more about the 100 or so shipwrecks that have taken place in the vicinity and perhaps stroll down to South Stack Lighthouse and there are also excellent coastal walks at the Breakwater Country Park.

Railway Touring Company (Steam Railtour) The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express

The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express Saturday 8th February 2020 The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express provides a wonderful opportunity to get out and about during the winter months, with the added bonus of steam haulage over the Northern Fells, including the spectacular Settle & Carlisle Railway. 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 via the Settle and Carlisle line. We return from Preston 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 (WCML). We stop to pick up passengers at Milton Keynes (where passengers from Watford Junction join by service train), Rugby (where passengers from Northampton join by service train), Nuneaton and Crewe. We continue north along the WCML to Preston, our final stop to pick up passengers. We continue through Lancaster to Carnforth, where we change motive power to a steam locomotive; either 35018 'British India Line', 45699 'Galatea' or 45690 'Leander'. Leaving Carnforth, our steam locomotive will be working hard when we climb the first severe gradient up to Grayrigg. We then travel through the beautiful Lune Gorge to Tebay, 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 used to assist trains. After crossing the Cumbrian Fells we descend to Penrith, and then head for Carlisle. There will be around three hours in Carlisle, providing time to explore this ancient 'Border' city with its castle, cathedral, Tullie House Museum, and shopping centre. We leave Carlisle and join 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 tall 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 and Clitheroe to Preston where we say goodbye to our steam locomotive. We pass though Wigan and Warrington en route to Crewe hauled by our blue class 86 electric locomotive with a fast run to London expected. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers. *Passengers from Watford Junction will travel to Milton Keynes by service train to join our train. **Passengers from Northampton will travel to and from Rugby by service train to join our train.