DEPARTING FROM: Wilmslow (06.30/23.00) Stockport (06.45/22.45) Manchester Victoria (07.20/22.10) Newton le Willows (07.40/21.50) Warrington Bank Quay (07.50/21.40) Crewe (08.40/20.55) Whitchurch (09.10/20.30) Shrewsbury (09.30/20.10)
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
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. Passing through Church Stretton with outstanding views of the Long Mynd it was known in Victorian times as ‘Little Switzerland’ – continuing along the Marches we pass magnificent Stokesay Castle and the historic towns of Ludlow and Hereford. Entering Monmouthshire and South Wales, there are superb views of the Brecon Beacons as the black mountains tower above the train. At Newport we cross the River Usk, joining the Great Western main line to Cardiff for an afternoon break.
Wales’ capital city offers spectacular shopping, museums, dining and entertainment. Easy to explore on foot and close to the station you can visit the famous Christmas Market offering over 150 stalls for exploration with every seasonal gift imaginable and a wonderful early start to the festive season. There is also Cardiff Castle and a multitude of shops within the city centre and further afield top class entertainment is on offer at Cardiff Bay with its restaurants, waterside views and Wales Millennium Centre so there is plenty to see and do in the three hours whilst our train is serviced and locomotive turned for the return journey.
The train is steam hauled from Crewe 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.