This very special train will provide a rare opportunity to travel over the West Coast Main Line steam hauled behind the world famous Flying Scotsman.
Once the preserve of the LMS Pacifics on trains like the Royal Scot, this LNER incursion by Flying Scotsman will provide an exciting contrast in locomotive performance over this challenging route.
We will leave Ealing Broadway in the morning and thread our way towards Willesden Junction, where we will join the West Coast main Line (WCML) for the journey northwards to Crewe. Passing through Wembley, with its impressive Stadium overlooking the area, we will pick up speed to our maximum as we pass through the many suburban stations along the route. It is a 25-mile steady climb from Willesden to the summit at Tring, with lots of smoke and steam passing by the windows as we speed through Watford and along the edge of the Chiltern Hills.
We follow the Grand Union canal through Buckinghamshire as we head for Bletchley, famous for the wartime code breaking establishment at Bletchley Park. The new town of Milton Keynes is followed by Wolverton as we near Warwickshire and the deep cutting at Roade leading to Northampton. The M1 is followed closely as we head for the Watford Gap near Daventry, providing a unique spectacle for passing motorists! After Kilsby Tunnel, with its massive air shafts, we reach Rugby where the Coventry and Birmingham lines diverge.
Taking the Trent Valley route, we head northwards through Nuneaton and Tamworth, before we catch a glimpse of the three spires of Lichfield cathedral. The four track section reduces to two as we pass beneath Shugborough Park in a tunnel and resume four tracks on the approach to Stafford. The line now heads northwards to Crewe and this will include the long climb through Standon Bridge to Whitmore Summit. Our outward run with Flying Scotsman over this famous LMS route will shortly come to an end as we start to slow down for the approach to Crewe station. This busy junction is the home to a large railway works established in the town in 1840 by the Grand Junction Railway, effectively establishing the town of Crewe from a sleepy hamlet.
We shall say goodbye to Flying Scotsman at Crewe and return to Ealing Broadway by more modern traction, setting down at Milton Keynes and Watford Junction, thereby concluding a varied and contrasting day out with pleasant scenery and some fast running. This tour is expected to be very popular so early booking is highly recommended.
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.
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