Vintage Trains Programme
24/25 Oct - Tyseley Open Day
7 Nov - Tyseley, Stratford, Worcester & Lickey
21 Nov - Tyseley to Oxford via North Cotswolds
5 Dec - Tyseley to Lincoln for Christmas Fayre
12 Dec - Tyseley to York
19 Dec - Tyseley to Chester for Carol Concert
13 Feb - Valentines Express
12 Mar - Tyseley to Cardiff
26 Mar - Tyseley to Carlisle via S&C; rtn Shap
9 Apr - Solihull to Salisbury
All scheduled engines are subject to availability.
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All bookings are subject to Vintage Trains Standard Conditions of Booking and Travel.
All trains are operated by West Coast Railway Company.
Smoking NOT allowed on any train.
Dogs & Pets are NOT allowed on Vintage Trains except for Specially Trained Dogs for the Disabled.
Wheelchairs : Vintage Trains can accommodate a small number of people using wheelchairs. It is essential to contact VT Booking Office directly to discuss availability of our facilities and your requirements before making a booking.
We at Vintage Trains would like to propose the following steam railtours for your kind consideration. We have put together a programme that we hope will appeal to everyone, both daytripper and enthusiast alike.
2015 began very successfully for Vintage Trains, despite a landslip causing the Valentines Express to be re-routed over the North Cotswold line in both directions. This route proved to be very popular, hence we are running a train in November to Oxford and Blenheim Palace.
In early March, there was an incident at Wootton Bassett junction involving our Train Operating Company (TOC), West Coast Railways. One result of this incident and the following investigation was a suspension of West Coast from operating trains, including ours during April and most of May. Although we were completely without fault as the incident did not occur on one of our trains, nor on one of our locomotives, the suspension resulted in us having to cancel outright four trains and postpone one other. The full effects of this suspension are still being felt, but one of the results is that every aspect of steam operations is being re-examined and the rules tightened and implemented. This affects both passengers, promoters and crew alike with restrictions on window-hangers, train lengths and support crew hours and duties.
Another recommendation is to mitigate the length of journeys undertaken by the steam locomotives and crews. Again, we at Vintage Trains have been ahead of the curve, offering several exciting railtours under twelve hours in duration; The Cotswold Explorer & Welsh Marches to name but two. The inclusion of “REG” the water carrier also contributes to shorter days, eliminating at least one water-stop in each direction, reducing the day by an average of 90 minutes.
Moving forwards, in addition to our day trips far and wide, you will notice more repeat itineraries of under twelve hours from start to finish as we strive to run sensible, responsible and reliable trains. This will not deter us from breaking new ground and running exciting tours; running our Pannier and Hall together up the Lickey Incline and through Birmingham New Street still seems a bit naughty!
The seasonal favourites are all in the programme; Lincoln & York Christmas Markets. We are repeating the Carol Concert train to Chester Cathedral and including a trip to Blenheim Palace for the spectacular Christmas preparations.
Although we have not listed them in this brochure, we plan to run several locomotive trial runs and dining trains throughout the year as locomotive overhauls are completed and trial runs are required. If you wish to be kept abreast of these dates or any updates and last minute reminders please ensure you are signed up for our email newsletter.
The Vintage Trains Team (July 2015)
What They say about VT
24 & 25 Oct - Tyseley Open Day
3440, 6000, 1054, 6201 Princess Elizabeth
71000 Duke of Gloucester t.b.c. + Tys locos
GW LIneup, Locos in Steam, Cavalcades,
Rides, T/table Demos, Works Visits and more
21 Nov - Oxfordshire Explorer
12 Dec - Christmas White Rose
13 Feb - Valentines Express
26 Mar - Cumbrian Mountaineer
Book Tours Online
Steam Railway/Mike Notley awards:"Railtour of the Year" 2010,2012,2013
"Performance of the Year" 2010,2012
"Locomotive of the Year" 2010,2012
for 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
7 Nov - Lickey Rambler
Tyseley to Stratford then Worcester
rtn via Lickey Bank
4965 Rood Ashton Hall AND
5 Dec - Lindum Christmas Fayre
19 Dec - Chester Carols
12 Mar - Red Dragon
9 Apr - Moonraker