The Pennine Blackpool Express

Saturday 4th April 2020


Prices from: £99


Join us on this special train to the Fylde Coast and the vibrant seaside resort of Blackpool.


Departure Date: 04-Apr-2020
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We have a high-speed journey down the West Coast Main Line to Preston, where we take the branch to Blackpool North.Our return journey will be steam hauled to Preston and then via the Ribble Valley through Clitheroe to Hellifield and onwards to Carnforth.Our electric locomotive will then return the train back to London.

We leave London Euston at around 07:10 with electric traction, and speed north along the West Coast Main Line (WCML). We stop to pick up passengers at Milton Keynes (where passengers from Watford Junction join by service train), Rugby (where passengers from Northampton join by service train), Nuneaton and Crewe. We continue north along the WCML to Preston, our final stop to pick up passengers.

At Preston, our steam locomotive allocated from the Carnforth Pool will be attached at the rear of the train and will be hauled by our Class 86 electric to Blackpool North. The newly electrified line serves local trains and also allows through trains to and from London.We will head westwards across The Fylde and pass through Kirkham, the junction for the Blackpool South branch.We will take the Blackpool North line and pass through Poulton-le-Fylde station where there should be by now views of the famous 518ft tall tower at Blackpool.

Around three hours should be available to visit the town and some of its attractions, including the Tower, the Winter Gardens, Madame Tussauds, the three piers or perhaps take a vintage tram ride along the sea front.Shops are also nearby along with many restaurants and pubs to cater for all tastes.

Returning to Preston, now steam hauled, we will detach the Class 86 electric locomotive, which will then go to Carnforth to await our return later in the day.Steam haulage will now continue via Bamber Bridge and the long climb of Hoghton Bank to Blackburn.We will join the Hellifield line at Daisyfield Junction and tackle the steep climb up to Whilpshire Tunnel. A long descent follows towards the impressive 48-arch viaduct over the river Calder at Whalley. After Clitheroe, we continue to follow the scenic Ribble Valley towards Hellifield where there will be a water stop.

The last section of our journey to Carnforth will include the steep climb at 1 in 100 from Settle Junction up Giggleswick Bank.We follow the Bentham Line via Wennington and reach Carnforth where we say goodbye to our steam locomotive.The class 86 electric locomotive will be waiting to take our train back to Preston and calling stations to London Euston.

Please note: Premier Dining is not available from Crewe or Preston on this train.

*Passengers from Watford Junction will travel to Milton Keynes by service train to join our train.

**Passengers from Northampton will travel to and from Rugby by service train to join our train.

Train Fares

Fares Adult Junior Family
Premier £259 £175 £781
First £159 £102 £471
Standard £99 £70 £303

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

First Class includes morning tea or coffee with a bacon/breakfast roll and a Danish pastry and an afternoon service of tea or coffee with a savoury of the day followed by a scone with butter and jam.

Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.

Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining 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

Approximate timings shown

Station Outward Return
London Euston 07:10 22:05
Watford Junction* 06:40 21:50
Milton Keynes 08:00 21:15
Northampton** 07:40 21:30
Rugby 08:25 20:38
Nuneaton 08:45 20:20
Crewe 09:45 19:15
Preston 10:30 18:20
Blackpool 11:10 14:05