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Tony Bartlett

MainLine Steam Tours

updated 04/03/2019

MAINLINE STEAM TOUR PROGRAMME 2020  February to July – local services

Welcome to the Railway Herald- Railtour pages, which replace our previous reference source for this material from UK Steam Info web-site.    Date of extract: 2nd February 2020

This ‘local’ extract includes any trains which pass through ‘our area’ and those to Basingstoke, Salisbury, Oxford or Westbury at its extremities without travelling through our area as such, and any near misses which may be of particular interest. Such entries are in blue. Trains including Newbury in their itinerary may be assumed to travel through Hungerford – some others may do so when the planned itineraries are published. The Railway Herald source also includes diesel hauled excursions which may be included as they often involve heritage locomotives.

For full schedule please refer to the Railway Herald – Railtours page at http://www.railwayherald.com/railtours. 



Saturday 15th February 2020
St. Valentine’s Pullman (UK Railtours)
35028 London Victoria (pu) – Ruislip – Princes Risborough – Bicester Chord – Oxford Parkway – Oxford – Reading – Wokingham – Guildford – Shalford – Redhill – London Victoria
Additional Tour Information
Train will consist of the Belmont British Pullman set.



Saturday 22nd February 2020
The Cotswold Venturer (Railway Touring Company)
60009 London Paddington (pu) – Slough (pu) – Reading (pu) – Didcot Parkway (pu) – Swindon – Kemble – Stroud – Cheltenham – Worcester Shrub Hill

60009 Worcester Shrub Hill – Evesham – Moreton-in-Marsh – Oxford – Didcot Parkway (sd) – Reading (sd) – Slough (sd) – London Paddington


Saturday 7th March 2020

The Hacienda (Pathfinder Tours)

DBS Class 66 Swindon (pu) – Kemble (pu) – Stroud (pu) – Cheltenham Spa (pu) – Bromsgrove (pu) – Birmingham New Street (pu) – Stafford (pu) – Crewe
DB Cargo Class 66 and Freightliner Class 66 tnt Crewe – Stockport – Salford – Crewe
DBS Class 66 Crewe – stafford (sd) – Birmingham New Street (sd) – Bromsgrove (sd) – Cheltenham Spa (sd) – Stroud (sd) – Kemble (sd)Swindon



Sunday 8th March 2020
The Devon Crompton (Branch Line Society)

33012 and WCRC Class 33 London Victoria Platform 2 (pu) – Clapham Junction – Balham – Wimbledon – Weybridge – Woking Platform 4 (pu) – Basingstoke Platform 2 (pu) – Andover – Salisbury Platform 3 (pu) – Tisbury Loop – Gillingham – Yeovil Junction Platform 3 (photo stop) (rev) – Yeovil Pen Mill (rev) – Yeovil Junction – Chard loop – Axminster – Honiton (photo stop) – Exeter St. Davids (sd) – Crediton – Coleford Junction (rev) – Exeter St. Davids Platform 3 (pu) (rev) – Exeter Riverside Yard – Taunton – Weston-super-Mare – Bristol Temple Meads Platform 5 (sd) – Bath Spa – Westbury – Salisbury Platform 2 (sd) – Andover – Basingstoke Platform 3 (sd) – Woking Platform 1 (sd) – Weybridge – Wimbledon – Clapham Junction – London Waterloo Platform 19


Friday 13th March 2020
The Northern Belle: Cheltenham Gold Cup (Northern Belle)
WCRC Class 47/57 London (tba) (pu) – Evesham (break) & return


Saturday 21st March 2020
The Blue Boys Merrymaker (Pathfinder Tours)

DRS Class 68 Eastleigh (pu) – Basingstoke (pu) – Reading West (pu) – Didcot Parkway (pu) – Banbury (pu) – Leamington Spa (pu) – Coventry (pu) – Birmingham International (pu) – Birmingham New Street (pu) – tba
DRS Class 37 x 2 tba – Lichfield City – Coalville – Nuneaton – Stoke on Trent
DRS Class 66 Stoke on Trent – Crewe
DRS Class 57 x 2 Crewe – Shrewsbury – Wolverhampton – Walsall – Nuneaton
DRS Class 88 Nuneaton – Birmingham New Street (sd) –
DRS Class 57 x 2 Birmingham New Street – Birmingham International (sd) – Coventry (sd) – Leamington Spa (sd) – Banbury (sd) – Didcot Parkway (sd) – Reading West (sd) – Basingstoke (sd) – Eastleigh

Portsmouth Harbour Statesman (Statesman Rail)

LSL Class 47s Crewe (pu) – Stafford (pu) – Rugeley Town (pu) – Cannock (pu) – Walsall (pu) – Birmingham International (pu) – Coventry (pu) – Leamington Spa (pu) – Banbury (pu) – Portsmouth Harbour (break/rev) & return


Sunday 22nd March 2020
Steam Dreams Excursion (Steam Dreams)

Steam TBA London Victoria (pu) – Slough (pu) – Winchester & return



Thursday 23rd April 2020
Steam Dreams Excursion (Steam Dreams)

Steam TBA London Paddington (pu) – Slough (pu) – Reading (pu) – Oxford (pu) – Warwick (sd) – Stratford-upon-Avon (break/rev) & return



Saturday 25th April 2020
Great Britain 2020: Day 9 (Railway Touring Company)

6233 Penzance – Plymouth – Exeter St. Davids – Taunton – Westbury – Reading – Ascot – London Victoria


Sunday 3rd May 2020
London & the Surrey Hills to Bath (Steam Dreams)

61306 London Clapham Jcn (pu) – Newbury (water stop) – Bath & return

STOP PRESS 04.03.2020

We have heard from Steam Dreams that they are offering to pick up passengers for Bath on the 3rd May excursion train – return fare for shortish direct journey via Westbury and the Avon Valley is £89. This has been made possible by a number of passengers leaving the train at Newbury for a tour of Highclere Castle (can’t imagine why!)

This information was not available when preparing the Chain Mail article and quarterly local schedule of steam trains. 
Virus warning…given the uncertainty surrounding anything planned in the near future in respect of the virus outbreak.
Booking info on the Steam Dreams web-site here


 




Thursday 7th May 2020
The Moors & Mountains Explorer: Day 1 (Steam Dreams)

To be confirmed London Victoria (pu) – Salisbury (break) – Kingswear



Saturday 23rd May 2020
Bath, Bristol & The Welsh Capital (NENTA Traintours)

DRS Class 68 x 2 tnt Norwich (pu) – Diss (pu) – Ipswich (pu) – Stowmarket (pu) – Bury St. Edmunds (pu) – Ely (pu) – Cambridge (pu) – Royston (pu) – Hitchin (pu) – Bath Spa (sd) – Bristol Temple Meads (sd) – Cardiff Central (break) (rev) & return


Sunday 31st May 2020

Flying Scotsman from Oxford (Steam Dreams)

60103 Oxford Parkway (pu) – circular tour – Newbury Racecourse (water stop) – Didcot Parkway – Oxford Parkway(sd)



Saturday 6th June 2020
The South Devon Explorer (Railway Touring Company)

WCRC Class 47/57 Woking (pu) – Guildford (pu) – Reading (pu)Newbury (pu)Westbury (pu) – Bristol tba
6233 Bristol tba – Taunton – Exeter St. Davids – Dawlish – Newton Abbot – Totnes – Plymouth
6233 Plymouth (pu) – Totnes – Newton Abbot – Exeter St. Davids – Taunton – Bristol Temple Meads
WCRC Class 47/57 Bristol Temple Meads – Westbury (sd)Newbury (sd)Reading (sd) – Guildford (sd) – Woking



Saturday 13th June 2020
The Cotswold Venturer (Railway Touring Company)

60103 London Paddington (pu) – Slough (pu) – Reading (pu) – Didcot Parkway (pu) – Swindon – Kemble – Sapperton – Stroud – Cheltenham – Worcester Shrub Hill (break) (rev) & return



Saturday 27th June 2020
Great Western Envoy (Saphos Trains)

LSL Steam Pool Crewe (pu) – Stafford (pu) – Tame Bridge Parkway (pu) – Birmingham International (pu) – Coventry (pu) – Leamington Spa (pu) – Oxford – Swindon – Bath Spa (sd) – Bristol Temple Meads (break/rev) & return


Saturday 4th July 2020
The Bournemouth Express (Railway Touring Company)

35018 London Waterloo (pu) – Weybridge – Woking – Basingstoke – Southampton Central – Bournemouth (break/rev) & return


Thursday 9th July 2020
The End Of Southern Steam (Railway Touring Company)

35018 London waterloo (pu) – Weybridge – Woking (pu) – Basingstoke – Salisbury (sd) – Sherborne (sd) – Yeovil Railway Centre
WCRC Class 47/57 Yeovil railway Centre – Maiden Newton Weymouth
35018 Weymouth (pu) – Poole – Bournemouth – Southampton Central – Basingstoke (sd) – Woking (sd) – Weybridge – London Waterloo


Sunday 26th July 2020

English Riviera Express (Saphos Trains)

LSL Steam Pool Bristol Temple Meads (pu) – Bath Spa (pu) – Bradford on Avon (pu) – Westbury (pu) – Frome (pu) – Taunton (pu) – Paignton (sd) – Kingswear (break/rev) & return



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Tour promoters.

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AgentAddress
A1STThe A1 Steam Locomotive Trust
Bookings via UK Railtours
PO Box 50, Welwyn AL6 0WG
Tel: 01438 715050
UKRTUK Railtours
PO Box 50, Welwyn AL6 0WG
Tel: 01438 715050
BLMDBelmond
(formerly Orient-Express Hotels)
Tel: 0845 077 2222
Info line: 020 7805 5099
Email: mailto:reservations.uk@belmond.com
CARNCarnforth Station Heritage Centre
Carnforth Station, Warton Rd, Carnforth, LA5 9TR
Tel: 01524 735165
Email: sdo@carnforth-station.co.uk
CHRTCharity Railtours
1 Hunter Road, Ipswich, IP3 8TN
Tel: 07518 045077
CMPSCompass by West Coast Railways
Jesson Way, Carnforth, Lancs LA5 9UR
Tel: 0844 950 3137
Email: —
ELRYEast Lancashire Railway
Bolton St, Bury BL9 0EY
Tel: 0333 320 2830
Email: martin.mccann@eastlansrailway.co.uk
GELTGolden Eagle Luxury Trains
Denzell House, Denzell Gardens, Dunham Road,
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4QF
Tel: 0161 928 9410
Email: —
Also see A1ST
ICOSIcons of Steam
Locomotive Services Ltd
IRRTIan Riley & Son (Railways) Ltd
Bookings via West Coast Railway Co
KWVRKeighley & Worth Valley Railway
LTPTLondon Transport
Bookings Tel: 0207 565 7298
NLPGNorth Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) Enterprises
57 Millview Drive, Tynemouth NE30 2QD
Tel: 0191 257 0980 (Mon-Fri 09:30-20:30 only)
NRMNational Railway Museum
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Tel: 08707 010208 (0830-2030)
NYMRNorth Yorkshire Moors Railway
Pickering Station, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7AJ
Tel: 01751-472508
PATHPathfinder Tours (2006) Ltd
(A Riviera Trains Company)
Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Glos GL5 5EZ
Tel: 01453-835414, 01453-834477 Fax: 01453-836538
Email: mailto:office@pathfindertours.co.uk
PMRTPMR Tours
PO Box 6233, The West Shed, Ripley DE5 4AD
Tel: 01773-743986 (Mon-Fri 0930-1630)
Email: mailto:bookings@pmrtours.co.uk
PPRSPapyrus Rail UK
Tel: 01908 410450
Email: mailto:kt@papyrus-rail.com
RLTRRailtourer
42 Kingston Road, Willerby, HU10 6UB.
Tel: 01482-659082
RYTCThe Railway Touring Company
14a Tuesday Market Place, Kings Lynn, PE30 1JN
Tel: 01553-661500 Fax: 01553 661800
Email:mailto:enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk
SCTRScotrail
SPFRSpitfire Railtours
PO Box 824, Taunton TA1 9ET
Tel: 08708 793675
Email:mailto:info@spitfirerailtours.co.uk
SPHSSaphos Trains
PO Box 83, St Erth, Hayle, Cornwall. TR27 9AD
Tel: 0800 038 5320
Email:mailto:enquiries@saphostrains.com
SRPSSRPS Railtours
82 Busby Road, Carmunnock, Glasgow, G76 9BJ
Tel: 0131 202 1033 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00 & 19:00-21:00)
STDRSteam Dreams
PO Box 169, Albury, Guildford Surrey GU5 9YS
Tel: 01483-209888 Fax: 01483-209889
Email: mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk
STMNStatesman Rail
PO Box 83, St Erth, Hayle, TR27 6JH
Tel: 0845 310 2458
Email: mailto:reservations@statesmanrail.com
TBELTorbay Express Ltd
Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Glos GL5 5EZ
Tel: 01453-834477
Email: mailto:contact@torbayexpress.co.uk
TNDOTornado150
Walton-on-Naze
Tel: 0330 113 8989
Email: mailto:contact@tornado150.co.uk
UKRTUK Railtours
PO Box 50, Welwyn AL6 0WG
Tel: 01438 715050
VNTLVintage Trains
Birmingham Railway Museum, 670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2HL
Tel: 0121-708-4960 Fax: 0121-708-4963.
WCRCWest Coast Railway Company
Jesson Way, Carnforth, Lancs LA5 9UR
Tel: 01524-737751/737753 (JACOBITE bookings only)
Fax: 01524-735518