Saphos Trains are delighted to present a programme of tours offering a selection of steam hauled excursions to transport the discerning traveller to interesting destinations in both comfort and style.

THE WHITE ROSE – SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2020

THE WHITE ROSE – SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2020

This train is due to be hauled by 70000 'Britannia' (subject to availability)

DEPARTING FROM: Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Crewe, Hartford, Warrington, Newton-le-Willows & Manchester Victoria

Enjoy a fabulous day tour travelling through the impressive Pennines over two very different routes with the outward journey taking the spectacular Vale of Edale through the Peak District National Park with stunning views of Mam Tor and Kinder Scout and through Sheffield to historic York for a sightseeing afternoon break.

70000 Britannia
PENNINE PEAKS & VALLEYS EXPLORER – SUNDAY 22 MARCH 2020

PENNINE PEAKS & VALLEYS EXPLORER – SUNDAY 22 MARCH 2020

This train is due to be hauled by 70000 ‘Britannia’ (subject to availability)


DEPARTING FROM: Crewe, Hartford, Runcorn, Liverpool South Parkway, Liverpool Lime Street, Huyton, St Helens Central, Wigan North Western

We are pleased to present a truly memorable steam hauled circular tour with travel in our immaculately restored vintage carriages for a journey through deep valleys and the spectacular Yorkshire Dales. Our Premier dining experience offers a sumptuous five course Luncheon accompanied with champagne and wine.

70000 Britannia
THE WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – THURSDAY 23 APRIL 2020

THE WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – THURSDAY 23 APRIL 2020

This train is due to be hauled by 70000 'Britannia' (subject to availability)

DEPARTING FROM: Preston, Wigan North Western, Warrington Bank Quay, Hartford & Crewe

Travel in style on our steam hauled train to enjoy a wonderful day out to Stratford-upon-Avon, one of England’s most historic and vibrant towns. Situated in the heart of the Midlands on the River Avon Stratford is today most famous as the home of Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare whose birthplace is a “must see”, as is Anne Hathaway’s cottage.

THE FELLSMAN – WEDNESDAY 27 MAY 2020

THE FELLSMAN – WEDNESDAY 27 MAY 2020

This train is due to be hauled by 46100 ‘Royal Scot’ (subject to availability)

DEPARTING FROM: Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Leyland, Blackburn, Clitheroe & Hellifield

The popular ‘Fellsman’ runs again in summer 2020 for its 12th season offering a 300-mile return steam hauled journey from Crewe on the spectacular ‘Settle to Carlisle Railway’ as we travel through the Yorkshire Dales and climb high towards the roof of England.

34046 Braunton
WELSH MARCHES EXPRESS – SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2020

WELSH MARCHES EXPRESS – SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2020

This train is due to be hauled by 34046 ‘Braunton’ (subject to availability)

DEPARTING FROM: Wilmslow, Stockport, Manchester Victoria, Newton le Willows, Warrington Bank Quay, Crewe, Whitchurch, Shrewsbury

Traversing the breathtaking beauty of the Welsh Marches route our steam hauled train offers a totally unique day out as we travel through the rolling hills of the pretty Shropshire countryside that divides England and Wales for an afternoon break in Cardiff.

70000 Britannia
THE LAKELANDER – SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2020

THE LAKELANDER – SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2020

This train is due to be hauled by 70000 ‘Britannia’ (subject to availability)

DEPARTING FROM: Wolverhampton, Codsall, Telford, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Crewe & Preston

Enjoy a fabulous day tour hauled entirely by steam all the way from Crewe and offering spectacular views of the Cumbrian mountains and high Pennines as we climb over the Lakeland fells to the historic border city of Carlisle for a lunchtime sightseeing break and return around the longest coastal line in Britain with splendid views across the Irish Sea and Morecambe Bay. 

34046 Braunton
PENNINE PEAKS & VALLEYS EXPLORER – SUNDAY 21 JUNE 2020

PENNINE PEAKS & VALLEYS EXPLORER – SUNDAY 21 JUNE 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Crewe, Sandbach, Wilmslow, Stockport, Manchester Victoria, Bolton & Chorley

We are pleased to present a truly memorable steam hauled circular tour through the magnificent Pennines with travel in our immaculately restored vintage carriages for a journey through deep valleys and the spectacular Yorkshire Dales offering stunning views of the three peaks, plus taxing climbs to make the engine work hard – Our Premier dining experience offers a sumptuous five course Luncheon accompanied with champagne and wine.

THE FELLSMAN – WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE 2020

THE FELLSMAN – WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Leyland, Blackburn, Clitheroe & Hellifield

The popular ‘Fellsman’ runs again in summer 2020 for its 12th season offering a 300-mile return steam hauled journey from Crewe on the spectacular ‘Settle to Carlisle Railway’ as we travel through the Yorkshire Dales and climb high towards the roof of England.

70000 Britannia
GREAT WESTERN ENVOY – SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2020

GREAT WESTERN ENVOY – SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Crewe, Stafford, Tame Bridge Parkway, Birmingham International, Coventry & Leamington Spa

This is a truly amazing and unique steam hauled tour offering a journey through the heart of England, along the Great Western main line through the rolling hills and gentle scenery of beautiful Wiltshire with a choice of destinations for an afternoon break. You may choose to spend around four hours in the elegant Georgian city of Bath Spa, or, around three hours to discover the unique charms of Bristol, whichever you choose we can guarantee a memorable and lasting experience of the West Country.

Sir Nigel Gresley
SEVERN VALLEY ENTERPRISE – SATURDAY 11 JULY 2020

SEVERN VALLEY ENTERPRISE – SATURDAY 11 JULY 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Crewe, Stafford, Lichfield Trent Valley, Tamworth, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Leicester, Loughborough & East Midlands Parkway

This is a truly amazing and unique steam hauled tour offering a very unusual journey from Crewe and through the Midlands to Kidderminster for a trip over the full length of the preserved Severn Valley Railway to Bridgnorth for a three-hour afternoon break.

THE FELLSMAN – WEDNESDAY 15 JULY 2020

THE FELLSMAN – WEDNESDAY 15 JULY 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Leyland, Blackburn, Clitheroe & Hellifield

The popular ‘Fellsman’ runs again in summer 2020 for its 12th season offering a 300-mile return steam hauled journey from Crewe on the spectacular ‘Settle to Carlisle Railway’ as we travel through the Yorkshire Dales and climb high towards the roof of England.

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PEMBROKE COAST EXPRESS – WEDNESDAY 29 JULY 2020

PEMBROKE COAST EXPRESS – WEDNESDAY 29 JULY 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Exeter St David’s, Tiverton Parkway, Taunton, Bridgwater, Weston super Mare, Bristol Temple Meads, Patchway, Severn Tunnel Jct & Newport

Enjoy a summer day tour to glorious South Wales as our train is diesel hauled from Exeter to Bristol and then following a locomotive change we are steam hauled through the Severn Tunnel and into Wales, for an afternoon break in Carmarthen.

70000 Britannia
WELSH BORDERS EXPRESS – WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST 2020

WELSH BORDERS EXPRESS – WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Exeter St David’s, Tiverton Parkway, Taunton, Bridgwater, Weston super Mare, Bristol Temple Meads, Patchway, Severn Tunnel Jct & Cwmbran

Traversing the breathtaking beauty of the Welsh Marches route our steam hauled train offers a totally unique day out as we travel through the rolling hills of the pretty Shropshire countryside that divides England and Wales for an afternoon break in Shrewsbury.

THE FELLSMAN – WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST 2020

THE FELLSMAN – WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Leyland, Blackburn, Clitheroe & Hellifield

The popular ‘Fellsman’ runs again in summer 2020 for its 12th season offering a 300-mile return steam hauled journey from Crewe on the spectacular ‘Settle to Carlisle Railway’ as we travel through the Yorkshire Dales and climb high towards the roof of England.

34046 Braunton
THE WHITE ROSE – SATURDAY 22 AUGUST 2020

THE WHITE ROSE – SATURDAY 22 AUGUST 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Wolverhampton, Codsall, Telford, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Crewe, Warrington, Newton-le-Willows & Manchester Victoria

Enjoy a fabulous day tour travelling through the impressive Pennines over two very different routes with the outward journey taking the spectacular Vale of Edale through the Peak District National Park with stunning views of Mam Tor and Kinder Scout and through Sheffield to historic York for a sightseeing afternoon break.

70000 Britannia
THE LAKELANDER – SATURDAY 29 AUGUST 2020

THE LAKELANDER – SATURDAY 29 AUGUST 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Dorridge, Solihull, Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Penkridge, Stafford, Crewe & Preston

Enjoy a fabulous day tour hauled entirely by steam all the way from Crewe and offering spectacular views of the Cumbrian mountains and high Pennines as we climb over the Lakeland fells to the historic border city of Carlisle for a lunchtime sightseeing break and return around the longest coastal line in Britain with splendid views across the Irish Sea and Morecambe Bay. 

34046 Braunton
WELSH MARCHES EXPRESS – SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2020

WELSH MARCHES EXPRESS – SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Liverpool Lime Street, Liverpool South Parkway, Runcorn, Hartford, Crewe, Whitchurch, Shrewsbury

Traversing the breath-taking beauty of the Welsh Marches route our steam hauled train offers a totally unique day out as we travel through the rolling hills of the pretty Shropshire countryside dividing England and Wales for an afternoon break in Cardiff.

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THE SUSSEX BELLE – THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2020

THE SUSSEX BELLE – THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2020

DEPARTING FROM: London Victoria

Capturing the atmosphere of summer seaside specials of yesteryear this train is steam hauled by Southern Railway West Country Class 34046 ‘Braunton’ and visits the popular destinations of Hastings and Eastbourne with ample time available in both resorts for building sandcastles, a stroll on the promenade and perhaps an ice cream or two.

PENNINE PEAKS & VALLEYS EXPLORER
PENNINE MOORS CHRISTMAS EXPLORER – THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER 2020

PENNINE MOORS CHRISTMAS EXPLORER – THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Birmingham International, Tame Bridge Parkway, Wolverhampton, Penkridge, Stafford, Crewe & Warrington Bank Quay

We are pleased to present a truly memorable circular tour offering a steam hauled journey time of over five hours as we travel in vintage carriages through deep valleys and over wild Pennine moors with taxing climbs to make the engine work hard, including over the Pennines to the summit at Copy Pit, some 749 feet above sea level.

70000 Britannia in the snow
THE CHRISTMAS WHITE ROSE – SATURDAY 19 DECEMBER 2020

THE CHRISTMAS WHITE ROSE – SATURDAY 19 DECEMBER 2020

DEPARTING FROM: Wolverhampton, Codsall, Telford, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Crewe, Warrington, Newton-le-Willows & Manchester Victoria

Enjoy a fabulous day tour travelling through the impressive Pennines over two very different routes with the outward journey taking the spectacular Vale of Edale through the Peak District National Park with stunning views of Mam Tor and Kinder Scout and through Sheffield to historic York for a sightseeing afternoon break.