* AMENDED ROUTE AND APPROXIMATE TIMINGS SHOWN. This exciting trip by steam train offers an opportunity for passengers from the Greater Manchester and Sheffield areas to visit the historic city of York or the seaside town of Scarborough.
The circular route will run via the scenic Hope Valley line in Sheffield. Our train will be hauled by a Jubilee Class steam locomotive.
Our train leaves Manchester Victoria, hauled by steam locomotive No. 45690 Leander, and heads for Romiley, where we stop to pick up more passengers. We join the former Midland Railway line across the Peak District and pass through Cowburn Tunnel into the beautiful Vale of Edale. We stop again at Hathersage, a charming village associated with Robin Hood and the Eyre family of Bronte fame, for more passengers. This route is spectacularly scenic and emcompasses a number of long tunnels, including the passing through the 3½-mile long Totley Tunnel, first opened in 1892, before arrival at Sheffield, our final pick up station.
On leaving Sheffield we head northwards through Meadowhall, adjacent to the famous Meadowhall Shopping Centre, and onwards, avoiding Rotherham towards Swinton. We make our way northwards through Church Fenton and follow the East Coast Main Line towards York. Passengers may leave the train at York or continue to Scarborough.
York is a fascinating city to visit at any time of the year, with a huge variety of interesting places to see. It has some of the best preserved historical buildings in Europe, the city walls, Minster, Shambles, Jorvik Centre and the superb National Railway Museum. Open-topped buses leave from York railway station for tours around the city.
For those passengers who choose to travel to Scarborough, we leave York and take the Scarborough line, immediately crossing the River Ouse, with 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 pas through Malton and Seamer before arriving in Scarborough around 1pm. The railway station features the longest station seat in the world!
Scarborough is a Victorian spa town and the largest holiday resort on the East Yorkshire coast. It provides all the facilities that you would expect at an established seaside resort. It has two beautiful bays providing safe sandy beaches, and a busy harbour with an active fish quay.
Our train leaves Scarborough around 4pm, hauled by our steam locomotive, for the return journey to Manchester. We travel westwards through Malton and Castle Howard to York. At Milford Loop we say farewell to our steam locomotive and continue our journey home diesel hauled. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers. Please note that passengers from Hathersage will return there by service train from Sheffield as there is no stop at Hathersage on the return journey.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a variety of tulip muffins and afternoon tea with a savoury of the day followed by a selection of cakes and fancies.
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 £25 per person. (subject to availability)
Updated approximate timings shown
|Hathersage||08:35||20:32 * by service train from Sheffield|