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Saturday 15th February 2020


Prices from: £99


Join us for an exhilarating main line steam run from London’s King’s Cross to the historic city of York.


Departure Date: 15-Feb-2020
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York is world famous for its variety of visitor attractions and home to the National Railway Museum. Our train will be hauled from London to York by Princess Coronation class steam locomotive No.6233 Duchess of Sutherland and also on the return journey back to London.

We leave London King’s Cross in the morning behind Duchess of Sutherland and follow the East Coast Main Line route of famous express trains like the Flying Scotsman. We storm up the gradient through Gasworks Tunnel and Finsbury Park, and northwards, calling at Stevenage, Huntingdon and Peterborough to pick up more passengers. Our steam locomotive then tackles the 15-mile climb up the famous Stoke Bank. Here on 3rd July 1938, “Mallard”, an A4 class ‘Pacific’, achieved a world record speed of 126 mph when travelling in the opposite direction. Once over the summit we should have a good, fast run down the 20 mile descent to the Trent Valley and on through Grantham, Newark and Retford. We steam through Doncaster and continue northwards to our mid-day stop in York.

There will be plenty of time for passengers to enjoy the city and all it has to offer. York has some major tourist attractions including the National Railway Museum, the largest museum of its type in Britain; the Castle; the Shambles; the splendid Gothic York Minster, one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe; and the city walls. There are a number of other interesting museums, quaint alleyways, and a good variety of shops.

Our train leaves York late afternoon, and we will retrace our outward steps along the East Coast Main Line where Duchess of Sutherland should achieve its maximum speed. We stop to set down passengers at the same stations as on the northbound journey, arriving at King’s Cross in the evening.

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 Kings Cross 06:40 22:15
Stevenage 07:20 21:20
Huntingdon 08:00 20:40
Peterborough 08:30 19:10
York 12:40 16:10