Our special train originates from the popular east coast seaside resort of Scarborough and will be steam hauled by the world famous Flying Scotsman to London.
We will make our way through Malton to York where we pick up further passengers, before continuing southwards along the East Coast Main Line towards Doncaster and then via Lincoln before we arrive in Ealing Broadway. We return to Scarborough via our outward route, but with more modern diesel traction.
Leaving Scarborough, we make our way via Seamer and Malton to the historic city of York with its Minster dominating the area. York also hosts the National Railway Museum, the home of Flying Scotsman. We head southwards away from York and make our way at maximum speed to Doncaster, the location of the Great Northern (later LNER) locomotive works that built Flying Scotsman in 1923.
From Doncaster, we take the scenic rural line to Gainsborough and leave South Yorkshire behind and enter Lincolnshire. We cross the River Trent at Gainsborough, a town once famous for its agricultural machinery industry, particularly that of Marshalls who built many steam traction engines.
Still in Lincolnshire, we now head for Lincoln. Flying Scotsman will continue its rural ramblings until we see on the horizon the 11th century Gothic cathedral high on the hill overlooking the historic city of Lincoln. We then cut across the flat lands of the Fens and reach Sleaford, an attractive and busy small market town whose skyline is dominated by the 144-foot stone spire of St. Denys’ Church. We now take the rural line into south Lincolnshire and onwards to Spalding, famous as the centre of the UK flower industry.
Flying Scotsman will now head for Peterborough where we shall join the East Coast Main Line for the run towards London. We will soon get up to maximum speed along the East Coast Main Line, Flying Scotsman’s former stamping ground on the crack expresses of the last century. We pass through Hitchin and run through Stevenage and the north London suburban stations as we make our approach on Hornsey. We leave the main line to King’s Cross and make our way via Acton Wells to Ealing Broadway, where we reluctantly have to say farewell to Flying Scotsman.
After an afternoon break in London, we will return to York and Scarborough by diesel traction, setting down at our outward picking up stations.
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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