This brand new trip by steam train offers an opportunity for passengers from the Greater Manchester and Sheffield areas to visit the seaside town of Scarborough.
The circular route followed in East Yorkshire crosses the Yorkshire Wolds, takes the Yorkshire Coast Line through Beverley and Bridlington to Scarborough, and then returns via York. Our train will be hauled by a Jubilee Class steam locomotive.
Our train leaves Manchester Piccadilly, 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, for more passengers, before passing through the 3½-mile long Totley Tunnel and arrive at Sheffield, our final stop for passengers. We then travel north-eastwards to Doncaster and on to Goole where we cross the River Ouse on a railway swing bridge. We head east along the north bank of the River Humber, with fine views over the Estuary, before passing under the Humber Bridge and approaching Hull. At Anlaby Junction, we diverge from the line that leads into Hull station and join the Yorkshire Coast Line.
We pass through the interesting town of Beverley with it Minster and into the Yorkshire Wolds, an area of low chalk hills. We continue through Driffield and to Bridlington, where the station buffet is one of only three original station buffets left in the UK. The line is single track north from Bridlington and we face a 5½-mile climb at 1 in 92 through Bempton. We join the line from York at Seamer Junction and continue to our destination at Scarborough, where 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, 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.
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)
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