DEPARTING FROM: Crewe (09.00/20.00) Warrington Bank Quay (09.40/19.20)
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
The train will be hauled by vintage Class 40 diesel locomotive D213 ‘Andania’
This very special excursion offers a fabulous day out crossing the high Pennines on two very twisting and taxing routes to the famous Yorkshire coast resort of Scarborough for an afternoon break.
It is a fast run up the West Coast main line before joining the route over Chat Moss to Manchester and after passing through Victoria station D213 works hard to haul our train up the 1 in 59 Miles Platting bank, we then pass Stalybridge continuing through the majestic beauty of the Pennines and the famous 7-mile climb to Diggle at a gradient of 1 in 135 before plunging into the 3-mile-long tunnel at the summit. We drop down through Huddersfield and Wakefield taking the fast route through Church Fenton. Passing through historic York we cross the River Ouse with magnificent views of the Minster towering over the city, then cross the Vale of York and follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey and through Malton to the delightful seaside resort of Scarborough for an afternoon break.
Regarded as Britain’s first resort Scarborough has been welcoming visitors for 360 years with its two long curved sandy bays, ancient Castle, beautiful gardens, Victorian Cliff Railway and historic harbour surrounded with numerous fresh seafood stalls there is plenty to see and do – don’t forget to sample the legendary Yorkshire fish n chips rightly regarded as the best in Britain.
Returning in the late afternoon we retrace our outward journey to Wakefield and continue into true Pennine scenery with the rugged and steep sided Calder Valley towering over the train with its stone architecture clinging to the hillside and the restored Rochdale Canal keeping company with the line and at Hebden Bridge we commence the 1 in 65 climb crossing viaducts and bridges as the railway clings to the hillside, passing former Victorian textile mills we claw our way over the Pennines to the summit at Copy Pit, located some 749 feet above sea level.
On more favourable gradients, we continue westwards along the former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway through Burnley and Accrington to Blackburn, where we take the line via Hoghton Bank through to Leyland onto the West Coast main line for an anticipated fast run through Wigan on this varied and interesting circular tour across the Pennines.
Standard Class: 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. A buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of beverages, snacks and sandwiches.
First Class: Reserved seating is arranged around a table of four or table of two offering additional legroom, wide seats, curtains and large picture windows. A buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of beverages, sandwiches and snacks.
Standard Class: £75
First Class: £99
Seats at a window table for 2 are available in First Class at a supplement of £20 per person
Bookings may be made by Visa/Mastercard through our online reservation system – we are not accepting phone bookings for this tour.
Every effort will be made to run this tour with the advertised locomotive, however we reserve the right to substitute D213 with an alternative vintage diesel should this become necessary
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.