Join us for a main line steam run from London’s Ealing Broadway to York and an opportunity to experience the Festive Season’s activities.
The city of York is world famous for its variety of visitor attractions and home to the National Railway Museum. We travel north via the Midland Main Line stopping at stations to pick up further passengers. Our train will be hauled between London and York by Princess Coronation Class steam locomotive No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” and from York to London on the return by A4 class Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa.
Our train leaves London Ealing Broadway at around 06:25 hauled by “Duchess of Sutherland” and travels around West London through Kensington Olympia and Neasden. At Dudding Hill Junction we take the Brent curve and join the Midland Main Line (MML) at Cricklewood. We head north and stop at St. Albans, Luton, Bedford and Kettering, to pick up further passengers.
We leave the MML after Kettering and take the former Midland Railway Nottingham direct line. We pass through Corby Station, opened in 2009 to replace the original which was closed in 1966. We climb to the famous Harringworth Viaduct, the longest masonry viaduct in Britain. From the end of the viaduct there is a long, stiff climb up to Wing Tunnel and then it is downhill to Manton Junction, and through Rutland’s county town of Oakham.
Our last stop to pick up passengers is at Melton Mowbray. We continue to Syston Junction and take the sharp right curve to join the MML from Leicester. We pass through Loughborough and join the Erewash Valley Line at Trent Junction. After Chesterfield we take the ‘old road’ to Rotherham and continue through Conisbrough to Doncaster. Here we join the East Coast Main Line and can expect a fast run to York, where we arrive in the early afternoon.
York is well known for its Minster, Castle and city walls. The snickelways, famous medieval alleys and narrow streets, and The Shambles, are well worth exploring. The National Railway Museum, the many shops and museums, ensure that there is something on offer for everybody.
Our train leaves York at around 16:10 and returns to London Ealing Broadway hauled by 60009 Union of South Africa. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers.
Santa and his Elves will be handing out presents to all the children during the journey so please let us know your child’s age when booking.
* Please note on this occasion Premier Dining will be available from Melton Mowbray as well even though the departure is after 10.30.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes.
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 £22 per person. (subject to availability)
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