Join us for a main line steam run from London’s Ealing Broadway to York and an opportunity to experience the Festive Season’s activities.
The city of York is world famous for its variety of visitor attractions and home to the National Railway Museum. We travel north via the East Coast Main Line and Lincoln, and our train will be hauled between London and York by A4 class Pacific No.60009 Union of South Africa, and from York to London on the return by Princess Coronation Class steam locomotive No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland.
Our train leaves London Ealing Broadway at around 07:10 hauled by Union of South Africa and travels around West London and the North London line to Harringay. We now head down the East Coast Main Line (ECML) towards Alexandra Palace, where after picking up, we will take the ‘Hertford Loop’ line through Hertford North, where we pause to pick up. We rejoin the ECML at Stevenage, where we call to pick up further passengers.
We can now expect a fast run along the ECML towards Peterborough, where we make a stop to pick up passengers. Leaving Peterborough and its famous cathedral behind, we take the former Great Northern Railway line towards Grimsby at Werrington Junction and head across the fertile flatlands to Spalding, famous for its flower production. Here we join the Great Northern & Great Eastern Joint Railway line to Sleaford, where we will use the avoiding line. We continue through a part of rural Lincolnshire, famous for its potato farms, and reach Lincoln. Approaching Lincoln we notice that its spectacular Cathedral, that can be seen for miles around the area, dominates the city.
After picking up at Lincoln, we head for Gainsborough and cross the Trent en route to Doncaster, where we meet up with the ECML once again. From Doncaster, it will be a fast run northwards along the ECML to York, our destination for the afternoon.
York is well known for its Minster, Castle and city walls. The snickelways, famous medieval alleys and narrow streets, and The Shambles, are well worth exploring. The National Railway Museum, the many shops and museums, ensure that there is something on offer for everybody. The York Christmas market will be in full swing adding to the seasonal atmosphere of this historic city.
Our train leaves York at around 16:55 and returns to Ealing Broadway hauled by 46233 Duchess of Sutherland. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, including additionally Finsbury Park, to set down passengers.
Santa and his Elves will be handing out presents to all the children during the journey so please let us know your child’s age when booking.
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.
Approximate timings shown
|London Ealing Broadway||07:10||23:03|
|Finsbury Park (SD Only)||-------||22:12|