The North Wales Coast Express is a special train that runs from Manchester and Chester to Holyhead.
It provides an excellent opportunity for passengers from Manchester and Cheshire to experience the excitement of travelling by steam train along the picturesque North Wales Coast railway line. Passengers have a choice of three destinations: the seaside town of Llandudno, the historic city of Bangor, or the port of Holyhead.
Our train leaves Manchester Piccadilly Sunday morning, hauled by a magnificent steam locomotive, and then makes its way across Chat Moss to our next pick up station at Warrington Bank Quay. Running via Frodsham, we reach Chester, where we pick up further passengers. On leaving Chester, we pass through the ancient city walls and cross the River Dee into Wales. We steam alongside the Dee Estuary, with views across to the Wirral Peninsula. We pass through the coastal resorts of Prestatyn, Rhyl, and Colwyn Bay along the delightful Irish Sea coastline, which is well known for its fine beaches. We stop at Llandudno Junction before taking the branch line to Llandudno. Here we stop to set down passengers wishing to spend time at this popular seaside resort.
We return to Llandudno Junction and continue westwards along the North Wales Coast Line, crossing the Conwy estuary on Robert Stephenson’s Tubular railway bridge, with Edward 1’s castle overlooking the town and bridge. The railway line runs very close to the Irish Sea as we pass through Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan, with magnificent sea views across to the Island of Anglesey. We stop at Bangor station to set down those passengers who may wish to spend time visiting this historic city, with its cathedral and restored pier. Our train crosses the Menai Strait on the Britannia Bridge and enters the Isle of Anglesey. We now run across the Island through Valley to enter the sea port of Holyhead, where there will be time to visit the town or marina whilst our steam locomotive is turned and serviced for the return journey.
Our train leaves Holyhead, steam hauled late afternoon, and stops at Bangor, Llandudno and Llandudno Junction to pick up passengers who opted for these destinations. It continues via Chester and Warrington Bank Quay to Manchester Piccadilly, stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers.
The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool:
No. 45690 ‘Leander’ a Jubilee class 4-6-0, built for the LMSR in 1936, for use on express passenger services. No. 45699 ‘Galatea’ a Jubilee class 4-6-0, built for the LMSR in 1936, for use on express passenger services.
Prices to Llandudno Junction:
Prices from Llandudno Junction to Holyhead:
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)
Approximate timings shown
|Warrington Bank Quay||11:35||20:50|