The High Peak Explorer

Saturday 30th March 2019

Prices from: £109

This special steam hauled tour commences at Carnforth and follows a winding route via Manchester to Buxton, in the High Peak of Derbyshire.

Departure Date: 30-Mar-2019
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Whilst at Buxton, we will take our train along the Hindlow freight line to the quarry in the heart of the Peak District. Later, there will be time in Buxton for you to visit its historic and cultural sights.

Our morning departure from Carnforth, hauled by two steam locomotives from the following pool 45690 Leander, 45699 Galatea, 8F 48151 or a Black 5, will be southwards along the West Coast Main line through Lancaster to Preston. After Preston, we make nour way towards Manchester Victoria via Wigan and Chat Moss, where we will pick up further passengers. Leaving Victoria, we ascend the 1 in 49 gradient of Miles Platting bank and head for Denton, where there will be a water stop.

We continue via Stockport and follow the Hazel Grove Chord to join the former Midland Railway route through Disley Tunnel and onwards to New Mills. Here we climb steadily towards Chinley where we take the Peak Forest line through Dove Holes Tunnel. We pass through the vast Tunstead Limestone Quarry and then join the line through Ashwood Dale to Buxton.

We take a break in Buxton to explore the attractions of the highest market town in England, including the Pump Room, The Crescent, Pavillion and its extensive gardens.

On leaving Buxton, our steam locomotives will operate in ‘top and tail’ mode for the run up to Hindlow. We will now traverse the remaining section of the former London & North Western Railway’s line to Ashbourne, running to the present limit of this freight only line at Hindlow Quarry, with its gradients up to 1 in 60.

We will then retrace our outward steps back through Peak Forest to Chinley, Stockport and Denton, where there will be a stop for water. After Ashton Moss, we will head down Miles Platting Bank and head for Manchester Victoria. Our return route back to Carnforth will be via Chat Moss, Preston and Lancaster, ending a varied and interesting day out in the Peak District.

Train Fares

Fares Adult Junior Family
Premier £264 £180 £798
First £164 £107 £489
Standard £109 £76 £332

Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.

First Class includes morning coffee with a tulip muffin and afternoon service of tea or coffee with a cake and a biscuit.

Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.

Tables for two can be guaranteed in Premier Dining and First Class for a supplement of £25 per person (subject to availability).

A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.


Train Timings

Approximate timings shown

Station Outward Return
Carnforth 05:03 21:28
Preston 05:45 20:35
Manchester Victoria 06:38 19:34
Buxton 10:30 14:36