The Buxton Spa Express
Saturday 18th April 2015
Join us on an exciting outing by special train from North West England to Buxton, a Spa town in the beautiful Peak District. This day trip includes different outward and return routes through picturesque Pennine scenery with some steep gradients. Our train will be hauled from Manchester to Buxton and return by ex-LNER K4 class 2-6-0 steam locomotive No. 61994 “The Great Marquess” which was designed specifically for use on the steep gradients of the Scottish West Highland Line.
The “Buxton Spa Express” starts from Preston and will be hauled by a diesel locomotive as far as Manchester. The train heads south up the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and stops for more passengers at Wigan North Western, Bolton and Manchester Victoria. Here steam locomotive No. 61994 “The Great Marquess” takes over the train for the onward journey to Buxton. The train climbs the steep gradient to Miles Platting and passes through urban areas of Greater Manchester en route to the Pennine Mountains in the Peak District. The route includes some stiff climbs where our steam locomotive will be working hard and should prove to be ideal for the job. We shall pass through some rugged and wild moorland scenery in the Peak District National Park.
Our destination is Buxton, the highest market town in England. Here there will be time to explore this Spa town which is well known for its thermal springs and bottled water. It has many notable features including The Crescent, Pump Room, Pavilion Gardens, and St. Anns Well. The Natural Baths have an unusual barrel vaulted stained glass canopy, the largest stained glass window in Britain.
Our train, hauled by steam locomotive No. 61994 “The Great Marquess”, takes a different route for the return journey. We join the ex-Midland Railway route at Chinley and travel through the beautiful Vale of Edale. We pass through Hathersage, a charming village associated with Robin Hood and the Eyre family of Brontë fame. We continue along the Hope Valley Line through the 3.5 mile long Totley Tunnel en route to Sheffield. We then travel northwards to Moorthorpe and Wakefield Kirkgate before turning westwards through Mirfield and Brighouse to Hall Royd Junction. Here we take the steeply graded line to Copy Pit before descending through Burnley to Blackburn. We pass through Darwen on the climb to Sough Tunnel and then descend to Bolton. We continue to Manchester Victoria where we stop to set down passengers. We change direction of travel and return to Preston hauled by a diesel locomotive, stopping en route at Bolton and Wigan North Western to set down passengers.
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Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in First Class and Premier Dining for a supplement of £22 per person (subject to availability).http://www.railwaytouring.co.uk/bookings/BookingForm_UK.aspx?Action=New
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