DEPARTING FROM: Crewe (11.00/15.40)
All timings shown are approximate and may be subject to change – Tickets and confirmed timings will be forwarded by post 7 days prior to departure
We are pleased to present a truly memorable steam hauled tour departing from Crewe and offering a journey time of over four hours, all in daylight as we travel in vintage carriages on a circular tour through the stunning scenery of the Welsh Borders. Our train crosses the Cheshire Plain passing the former Royal fortress of Beeston Castle set high on a sandstone crag we then enter the Roman city of Chester as the train winds its way through the historic city walls and over the River Dee. Travelling at a slower pace we tackle the notorious Gresford bank as our engine works hard up the gradient and through Wrexham, situated between the Welsh mountains and the lower Dee Valley alongside the border with England.
Around Gobowen the scenery is magnificent as we enter Shropshire and head toward the county town of Shrewsbury, the birthplace of Charles Darwen with its red sandstone castle and just south of the station we pass the largest surviving mechanical signal box in the World, with a frame accommodating 180 levers – continuing along the Birmingham line we pass Telford and take the Oxley Chord to join the West Coast main line at Stafford for a fast run and truly fitting way to end a magnificent journey.
The train is steam hauled throughout by one of our immaculately restored pool of engines including: the world famous LMS Royal Scot Class, No.46100 ‘Royal Scot’ – West Country Class, No. 34046 ‘Braunton’ – Britannia Pacific Class, No 70000 ‘Britannia’
Includes a welcome glass of chilled Champagne and the service of a four course festive Luncheon accompanied by a half bottle of wine.
Includes a glass of mulled wine and mince pies.
There are 3 different classes of travel available, but whichever you choose remember to book early to avoid disappointment:
Reserved seating is arranged around a table of four with bookings for two persons seated side by side with one window and one aisle seat whilst bookings for one person are 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 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 chefs and silver served at your reserved seat by liveried stewards. A full wine & drinks list is available with an ‘at seat’ service during the meals.
Premier Dining is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years
Standard Class: £95 2018 introductory price – £45
First Class: £145 2018 introductory price – £70
Premier Dining: £250 2018 introductory price – £170
Seats at a guaranteed window table for 2 are available at a supplement of £15 per person in First Class & Premier Dining
To make a booking just select the joining station from the drop down menu and enter the number of seats required in the quantity box.