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