Join us on this special train to the Fylde Coast and the vibrant seaside resort of Blackpool.
We have a high speed journey down the West Coast Main Line to Carnforth, hauled by a blue class 86 electric locomotive, as far as Carnforth. Here, we will attach our steam locomotive for a scenic tour via Hellifield and Clitheroe through pleasant Lancashire scenery to Blackpool. We return from Blackpool with our blue Class 86 electric locomotive back to Preston and pick up stations to London Ealing Broadway.
We leave London Ealing Broadway 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.
We continue through Lancaster to Carnforth, where we change motive power to a steam locomotive chosen from one of the Carnforth-based locomotives. Leaving Carnforth, our steam locomotive will be working hard as we head eastwards on the climb to Wennington. Beyond is a lengthy climb through Bentham and Clapham to a summit near Giggleswick, where we descend to Settle Junction and join up with the Midland Railway’s route from Carlisle to Leeds. We will pause for water at Hellifield before taking the very scenic Ribble Valley line through Clitheroe, which includes the spectacular 48-arch viaduct over the River Calder at Whalley. Another lengthy climb follows after the viaduct to a summit at Ramsgreave and Wilpshire station. We descend into Blackburn and follow the line via Bamber Bridge to Preston.
From Preston, we will join the line to Blackpool North, newly electrified to serve local trains and also to allow 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.
Time will 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.
After a refreshing break, we will return from Blackpool North to London Ealing Broadway with our blue electric locomotive.
Please note: Premier Dining is not available from 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.
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.
Approximate timings shown
|London Ealing Broadway||07:10||22:05|