We are delighted to present our first programme of tours offering 12 steam hauled excursions to transport the discerning traveller to interesting destinations in comfort and style.
‘Saphos Trains’ is part of the expanding and respected ‘Locomotive Services’ group who are custodians of numerous steam engines and historic carriages at their impressive engineering base in Crewe and we are pleased to launch a new and exciting series of trains which will offer steam hauled trips departing mainly from local stations in the North West, with two from the South West, and travelling in daylight hours to enable customers to connect easily from further afield by service train.
The carriages used in our train have been painstakingly refurbished to an exacting standard and are painted in a stunning livery of carmine and cream reminiscent of the post war 1950’s premier express trains. They will be hauled by one of our immaculately restored world famous steam locomotives including:
46100 ‘Royal Scot’
Built in 1927 ‘Royal Scot’ was the flagship engine of the LMS and in 1933 was selected to travel to the USA for the Century of Progress Exposition. Complete with a set of carriages she was displayed in Chicago and travelled throughout the country and even crossed the Rocky Mountains.
Built by the Southern Railway in 1946 ‘Braunton’ was one of the first Battle of Britain class and was designed to work some of the fastest and most celebrated trains on the south coast including the Bournemouth Belle and Atlantic Coast Express.
The first of 55 express passenger locomotives built by British Railways ‘Britannia’ entered service in 1951 and worked crack express trains from London to East Anglia. In 1952 she had the honour of hauling the funeral train of King George VI from Kings Lynn to London and in 2012 the Royal Train with HRH Prince Charles on board.
There are three classes of travel available in Standard Class, First Class and Premier Dining with all guests having reserved seating for the entire journey and following are basic details regarding these:
Reserved seating is arranged at tables of four with bookings for two persons seated side by side with one window and one aisle seat whilst bookings for one person are normally allocated an aisle seat. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage and a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, snacks, sandwiches and alcoholic drinks.
Reserved seating is arranged around a table of four, or table of two (supplement payable) offering additional legroom, wide cushioned seats, curtains and large picture windows. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage and a complimentary service of tea/coffee & biscuits are included in the price and a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, sandwiches, snacks and alcoholic drinks.
Seating is arranged the same as First Class around a table of four, or table of two, laid with crisp linen and dressed with the finest crockery and glassware. Meals are prepared on board by our talented chefs and silver served at your reserved seat by liveried stewards with a typical full day tour featuring a full English breakfast, late morning tea/coffee & biscuits and three course dinner. A wine & drinks list is available with an ‘at seat’ service during the meals.
Tickets & Timings
The departure/arrival times shown in this publication and our website are approximate based on the best information available when the tour was first planned so they should be treated as a rough guide only. However, please be aware that these timings can vary considerably when the confirmed timings are received from Network Rail and we are unable to consider a cancellation, refund or transfer due to the confirmed timings being different to the approximate ones previously advised. The tickets, seating information and itinerary for all tours are normally posted first class around 7 days prior to the date of travel.
It will always be our aim to keep ticket prices at an affordable level and for the first year of operation we invite you to sample our superb new train at a greatly reduced price with some fares being a 50% reduction from the normal charge.