Vintage Trains Programme
16 May - Solihull to Bournemouth & Poole
23 May - Tys to Llandudno for Airshow
30 May - Solihull to Brighton
13 Jun - Tys to West Somerset Railway
20 Jun - Tys to Llandudno Jn. and Holyhead
27/28 Jun - Tyseley Open Weekend (Sat/Sun)
4 Jul - Tys to Welsh Marches
19 Jul - 6 Sep - The Shakespeare Express (Sundays)
29 Aug - Tys to Weston-super-Mare
19 Sep- Tys to Carlisle for Cumbrian Coast
26 Sep - Tys to Welsh Marches
3 Oct - Tys to Oxford - both Cotswold routes
All scheduled engines are subject to availability.
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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 and heritage diesel railtours for your kind consideration. We have put together a programme that we hope will appeal to everyone, both day-tripper and enthusiast alike.
2014 was a sterling year for Vintage Trains. The success of the 1Z48 record breaking run featuring “Earl of Mount Edgcumbe” over the Devon Banks was echoed throughout the year. We enjoyed our most successful Shakespeare Express season to date whilst our Welsh Marches & Cotswold Explorer proved increasingly popular. In the run up to Christmas, we visited Lincoln, York and concluded with a Friday evening trip a carol concert in Chester Cathedral. And who could forget our two Panniers storming up the Lickey and through New Street, again! However, there were a few hiccups along the way. The repeated Fire Brigade Union strikes caused a re-timing of the Shakespeare Express and sadly resulted in the cancellation of the popular excursion to Liverpool with “Bittern”. Similarly the suddenly implemented steam ban on the Eastern Region (LNE Zone) of Network Rail caused anguish on our way to Scarborough when we were forced to remove “Duchess of Sutherland” from our train prior to arrival at York. These actions were beyond the control of Vintage Trains, but when planning future railtours we are increasingly mindful of the challenges of running steam locos on the modern railway.
Looking forwards to 2015, we are including visits to some popular seaside destinations. We plan to repeat our Seaside Flyer to Llandudno for the annual Air-Show; hopefully the weather will be more cooperative in 2015. We are visiting two holiday towns we have not recently frequented; Poole and Brighton. Brighton is a little too far out of reach for us with steam, so we are offering the trip with heritage diesels, however, we look forward to a throaty departure from Poole behind “Earl of Mount Edgcumbe”. We are running the Welsh Dragon to the North Wales coast with a choice of destinations and for the late summer bank-holiday we are steaming to Weston-super-Mare - The rostered loco has not been announced; we have not yet decided which one to use!
The Cotswold Explorer and Welsh Marches railtours have been highly successful in recent years, so we plan to repeat them in 2015. We are offering a choice for the Welsh Marches; “Duchess of Sutherland” in early July or “Earl of Mount Edgcumbe” in late September.
Mirroring our highly successful 2014 season, the 2015 Shakespeare Express programme will remain slightly truncated to help accommodate an additional railtour. Make sure you don’t get caught out as the two months of regularly scheduled steam on the North Warwick line will fly by.
Although not listed in this brochure, we plan to run several locomotive trial runs / evening dining trains in April and May. 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.
We look forward to seeing you on our tours.
The Vintage Trains Team (January 2015)
What They say about VT
16 May - Jurassic Steamer
Solihull to Bournemouth & Poole
5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
p/u Solihull, Warwick Parkway, Banbury
30 May - The South Coaster
20 Jun - Welsh Dragon
4 Jul - Welsh Marches
29 Aug - Seaside Express
26 Sep - Welsh Marches
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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
23 May - Seaside Flyer
13 Jun - Whistling Ghost III
Tyseley to Minehead via West Somerset Rlway
5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe & WSR loco
p/u Tyseley, Birmingham MS, Stourbridge,
Worcester SH and Bristol TM
27/28 Jun - Tyseley Open Weekend
19 JuL to 6 Sep - Shakespeare ExpressSundays only
19 Sep - Coastal Explorer
Tyseley to Carlisle via Shap and Cumbrian Coast
5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
p/u Tyseley, Birmingham NS, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Crewe and Wigan NW.
3 Oct - Cotswold Explorer