DEPARTING FROM: Crewe (07.00/23.00) Stafford (07.30/22.30) Lichfield Trent Valley (08.00/22.00) Tamworth (08.10/21.50) Nuneaton (08.30/21.30) Hinckley (08.40/21.20) Leicester (09.00/21.00) Loughborough (09.20/20.40) East Midlands Parkway (09.30/20.30)
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
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.
Upon departure from East Midlands stations we take the rarely used line between Sheet Stores Junction and Stenson Junction and after passing the beer brewing town of Burton-on-Trent we continue through Water Orton, Walsall and Bescot towards Birmingham, thence past Soho Junction and through Stourbridge Junction to Kidderminster where we leave the main line and join the preserved Severn Valley Railway for a stunning 16 mile journey through the Wyre Forest as the line accompanies the pretty River Severn passing numerous beautifully restored stations to Bridgnorth.
Bridgnorth – is two towns: The high town and the low town connected by the steepest inland funicular railway in Britain. The low town was once a thriving port along the banks of the River Severn, while the high town held the castle, the churches, and many fine 16th and 17th century mansions. The more energetic may amble up one of the seven sets of steps, or the steep old Cartway, where goods were once hauled to the market above. The carts are gone, but the markets remain. Antiques and local produce are specialities. What’s left of the castle leans at an alarming angle. There is an iron footbridge connecting to the Severn Valley Railway Station.
We return in the late afternoon and re-trace the outward journey but this time with the taxing and impressive 1 in 45 climb of Old Hill Bank as the locomotive works hard to haul our heavy train to the summit at Rowley Regis.
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’ – LNER A4 Pacific No 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’
There are 3 different classes of travel available, but whichever you choose please book early to avoid disappointment:
Standard Class – £95
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 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.
First Class – £145
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.
Premier Dining – £260
Includes the service of full English breakfast, morning tea/coffee & biscuits and four course dinner. Seating is arranged the same as First Class around a table of four or table of two laid with crisp linen and dressed in the finest crockery, fresh flowers 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
Seats at a guaranteed window table for 2 are available at a supplement of £25 per person in First Class & Premier Dining
We are unable to cater for special dietary requirements other than a vegetarian or gluten free option. Please see our full terms & conditions here for further details https://saphostrains.com/booking-conditions/
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.
*The contents of the cakes may contain traces of the following allergens: Milk, Egg, Soya, Tree Nuts, Gluten, Sesame Seed, Sunflower Seed, Cracked Rye, Flax Seeds, Millet, Barley, Wheat, Sulphur Dioxide, Sulphites, Lupin and Mustard. WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER ALTERNATIVE VARIETIES OF CELEBRATION CAKES TO PURCHASE.
** Hand tied arrangement. If you would prefer specific colours, please indicate this in the ‘Special Requests’ box at the Check Out stage. Our florists will endeavour to meet your colour requirements, but this cannot be guaranteed due to seasonal availability.