The Christmas White Rose

Saturday 14th December 2019


Prices from: £119


Why not join this very special steam hauled train using both A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado and A4 Pacific 60009 Union of South Africa in one day.


Departure Date: 14-Dec-2019
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We will travel along the East Coast Main Line to York, the former operating lines of the famous LNER Express Passenger Pacifics in the heyday of steam hauled expresses to and from London.

We will make our way northwards steam hauled from London King’s Cross as far as York by A1 class steam locomotive No.60163 Tornado. We will make convenient pickup calls at Stevenage and Peterborough, before heading up the famous Stoke Bank, the scene where in 1938 Mallard achieved the world speed record for a steam locomotive at 126 mph.

We will follow the ECML through Grahtham, Newark and Retford before we reach Doncaster, famous in railway history as the location of the LNER’s works where such iconic locomotives as Mallard and Flying Scotsman were built. Continuing northwards from Doncaster, Tornado will be able to show its strength by achieving maximum speed as we race along towards York, our destination for the afternoon.

York is world famous as a tourist destination with its many sights, including the Minster, Castle, Yorvic centre and the quaint medieval alleyways and riverside walks. Railway enthusiasts are not forgotten, as York is the location of the National Railway Museum, reflecting the history of railways in this country. The York Christmas Market will also be in full swing adding a pre festive atmosphere to the city with its many market stalls and food outlets.

After time in York, we will return south with A4 Pacific No.60009 Union of South Africa and follow our outward route back to London King’s Cross, stopping as outward to set down passengers.

Look out for Father Christmas and his Elves who will be visiting the train during the day and handing out presents to all children on board. Please let us know your child’s age when booking.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served to the first and standard class passengers on board.

Train Fares

Fares Adult Junior Family
Premier £269 £181 £809
First £169 £110 £503
Standard £119 £84 £364

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

First Class includes morning coffee with a muffin, afternoon tea and 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

Updated approximate timings shown

Station Outward Return
London King’s Cross 07:23 22:10
Stevenage 08:12 21:24
Peterborough 09:36 19:30
York 12:26 16:35