DEPARTING FROM: Preston (06.50/22.30) Wigan North Western (07.10/22.10) Warrington Bank Quay (07.20/22.00) Hartford (07.40/21.40) Crewe (08.20/21.00) Whitchurch (08.40/20.25) Shrewsbury (09.30/20.00)
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 that divides 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 free National Museum Cardiff and spectacular Cardiff Castle all within the city centre. Top class entertainment is on offer at Cardiff Bay with its restaurants, waterside views and Wales Millennium Centre and 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’.
There are 3 different classes of travel available, but whichever you choose please book early to avoid disappointment:
Standard Class – £95
Early booking discount price – £65*
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.
First Class – £145
Early booking discount price – £99*
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 – £250
Early booking discount price – £199*
Includes the service of full English breakfast, morning tea/coffee & biscuits and three 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 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
Seats at a guaranteed window table for 2 are available at a supplement of £20 per person in First Class & Premier Dining
*The early booking discount price applies to bookings made up to 30 days prior to travel, after this time the full fare will be charged
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.