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 Princess Coronation class steam locomotive No. 46233 Duchess of Sutherland and from York to London by former LNER A4 class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 60009 “Union of South Africa”.
We leave London King’s Cross at around 07:05 behind Duchess of Sutherland and follow the route of famous old trains like the Flying Scotsman. We storm up the gradient through Gasworks Tunnel and Finsbury Park, and 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 through Doncaster, where “Union of South Africa”, our locomotive for the return journey, was built, and continue to our mid-day stop in 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.
Our train leaves York at around 15:30, this time hauled by Union of South Africa, 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. Union of South Africa will make a fine sight at the buffer stops at King’s Cross, recalling the glorious days of steam in the 1950s.
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.
Premier Dining includes a 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 a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes.
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)
Approximate timings shown
|London King's Cross||07:05||21:25|