Why not join us for a classic day out by steam train that combines exciting main line running, varied landscape, and the special atmosphere of York at Christmas time?
The York Yuletide Express will be steam hauled from Norwich to York by A4 class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” and from York as far as Peterborough on the return by Princess Coronation class steam locomotive No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland”.
Our day out begins at around 08:00 when we leave Norwich Station, hauled by 60009 Union of South Africa, and cross the Trowse swing bridge over the River Wensum. We stop to pick up more passengers at Wymondham, a beautifully kept rural Norfolk station, Attleborough, Thetford and Brandon. Approaching Ely we take the avoiding line which curves very sharply round onto the Peterborough line. We stop at March for further passengers, before continuing to Peterborough, our final pick up point.
We head northwards on the East Coast Main Line from Peterborough and commence the climb to Stoke Summit. This was the location of the famous record breaking run by “Mallard”, an A4 class ‘Pacific’, when it achieved a staggering 126 mph on the 3rd July 1938 when travelling in the opposite direction. We pass through Grantham, Newark and Retford with our steam locomotive cruising along at speeds just a little less than “Mallard’s”!
We stop at Doncaster for our steam locomotive to take on water and then make a fast run along the ECML to York.
Passengers will have plenty of time in York to enjoy the city and all it has to offer. It has a number of major tourist attractions including the National Railway Museum, claimed to be one of the largest railway museums in the world. It also boasts many shops, quaint alleyways, a Castle Museum, and the splendid Gothic cathedral York Minster, one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.
We leave York at around 16:15 for the return journey, steam hauled this time by “Duchess of Sutherland”. At Peterborough we change to diesel haulage for the final section, stopping at March, Brandon, Thetford, Attleborough, Wymondham and Norwich, to set down passengers.
We expect to meet up with Santa and his Elves during the journey, so presents will be handed out to all the children on our train! Please let us know your child’s age when booking.
The York Yuletide Express promises to provide a memorable day out behind classic traction over a classic and popular route.
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.
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.
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