This steam hauled train covers some of the rarer lines around Manchester and South Yorkshire not normally covered by main line charters.
Our special train takes in the railways of the South Pennines and the Peak District, encompassing Derbyshire, Lancashire and South Yorkshire and provides a mixture of the highly scenic landscapes of the Peak District, contrasting with the industrial backdrop of the Sheffield and Barnsley areas.
Our train commences at Blackburn and will be steam-hauled throughout by a Black 5 steam locomotive on our journey to South Yorkshire. Leaving Blackburn, we will take the former Lancashire & Yorkshire line via Darwen to Bolton where we pick up further passengers and make our way through Salford to Manchester Victoria, where we call to pick up further passengers. Our locomotive will be working hard as we leave Manchester and immediately commence the climb of the testing 1 in 47 gradient of Miles Platting bank. We shall then make our way towards Sheffield via Denton, Stockport and onwards to Chinley on another long climb and join the former Midland Railway’s ‘Hope Valley’ line to Sheffield. We pass through Hathersage, a charming village associated with Robin Hood and the Eyre family of Bronte fame. This route is spectacularly scenic and encompasses a number of long tunnels, including the passage through the 3½ mile-long Totley Tunnel, first opened in 1892, before arrival at Sheffield where there is a water stop at Brightside.
On leaving Sheffield we head northwards to Wincobank Junction, adjacent to the well-known Meadowhall Shopping Centre, where we join the Midland Railway’s Barnsley Line. It is a long climb from here up to Chapeltown, Wombwell and Barnsley. Here, we take the L&Y route through Crigglestone and Horbury Junction to Wakefield. This line will be something of a rarity for steam haulage in the preservation era as we pass through this former coalmining area and head for Wakefield Kirkgate where there will be a short break.
We continue through the industrial landscape of South Yorkshire as we pass over Hare Park Junction and head for Moorthorpe. We now return to Brightside for water before making a break in Sheffield. Our return journey will take us through the picturesque Hope Valley line once again as we return to Stockport, Denton and Manchester Victoria. Our train continues to Bolton and then via Chorley to Preston where we will set down passengers for Blackburn, thereby concluding what promises to be an interesting ramble around West Riding and the Peak District.
Premier Dining includes Buck’s Fizz, morning tea or coffee served with a Tulip muffin and a four course lunch 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.
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