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Programme Introduction

Dear Customer,

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.

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 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.

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.

Yours faithfully,

The Vintage Trains Team (Dec 2015)

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Whistling Ghost IV

Commencing from Tyseley Warwick Road platform, the train picks up at Birmingham Moor Street, Stourbridge, Worcester Shrub Hill and Bristol Temple Meads.

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Welsh Marches

Commencing at Tyseley Warwick Road with an additional pickup at Birmingham Snow Hill (returns to Birmingham New Street).

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Summer Holidays at the Palace

Commencing at Tyseley Warwick Road, additional pickups at Birmingham Moor Street (returns to Walsall).

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Waverley Paddle Steamer

Commencing at Solihull, additional pickups at Dorridge, Warwick Parkway, Leamington Spa & Banbury.

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Cotswold Explorer

Commencing at Tyseley Warwick Road platform, the train picks up at Birmingham Snow Hill and Worcester Shrub Hill.

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Chester, Wrexham, Shropshire

Commencing at Tyseley Warwick Road platform, the train picks up at Walsall (return to B’Ham New Street) and Wolverhampton.

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