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 A4 class Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa and return as far as Peterborough by a Princess Coronation Class steam locomotive No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland”.
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. We leave Peterborough travelling northwards down the East Coast Main Line (ECML) and commence the climb to Stoke Summit. It was descending from here in July 1938 that A4 class ‘Pacific’ “Mallard” made its famous run, reaching a staggering 126 m.p.h. and gaining the world speed record for steam traction which still stands unbeaten today.
We pass through Grantham, Newark and Retford and can expect some fast running as we pass through the Nottinghamshire countryside. We cross the county border into Yorkshire and stop at Doncaster for our locomotive to take on water. 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.
After a fast run along the ECML, we arrive at York where there will be plenty of time to visit the city and enjoy all that is on offer for the festive season. York has many major tourist attractions including the National Railway Museum, the largest museum of its type in Britain; the Castle; the Shambles; and the splendid Gothic York Minster, one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. There are a number of other interesting museums, the medieval city walls, quaint alleyways called snickelways, and many shops also to be discovered.
Our steam locomotive will be turned and serviced at York ready for our journey back to Cambridge. Our train leaves York at around 16:30 for the return journey, now hauled by 46233 Duchess of Sutherland. At Peterborough we say farewell to our steam locomotive and continue diesel hauled with stops to set down passengers at March and Ely before arriving in Cambridge at around 21:05.
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 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)
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