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4 Jul - Tys to Welsh Marches
19 Jul - 6 Sep - The Shakespeare Express (Sundays)
19 Sep- Tys to Carlisle for Cumbrian Coast
26 Sep - Tys to Welsh Marches
3 Oct - Tys to Oxford - both Cotswold routes
25 Oct - Tyseley Open Day

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Programme Introduction

Dear Customer,

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 the rest of 2015:

The Cotswold Explorer and Welsh Marches railtours have been highly successful in recent years, so we plan to repeat them in 2015.

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.

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We look forward to seeing you on our tours.

Yours faithfully,

The Vintage Trains Team (June 2015)

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19 Jul to 6 Sep - Shakespeare Express

Birmingham - Stratford (2 round trips)
Tyseley Loco (t.b.a.)
Birmingham SH, Birmingham MS, Tyseley, Henley to Stratford-upon-Avon

More InformationBook Seats On This TrainSundays only

29 Aug - Welsh Marches

Tyseley to Hereford v.Chepstow, rtn by Salop
Loco t.b.c.
p/u Tyseley and Birmingham SH
rtns to Birmingham NS and Tyseley

More InformationBook Seats On This Trainrescheduled tour

26 Sep - Welsh Marches

Tyseley to Hereford v.Chepstow, rtn by Salop

5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
p/u Tyseley and Birmingham SH
rtns to Birmingham NS and Tyseley

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25 Oct - Tyseley Open Day

Tyseley Locos
Other Guest Locos tba, Locos in Steam, Passenger Rides, Cavalcades, Turntable Demos, Works Visits and more

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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

19 Jul to 6 Sep - Shakespeare Express

Stratford - Birmingham (1 round trip)
Tyseley Loco (t.b.a.)
Stratford-upon-Avon to Tyseley, Birmingham MS, Birmingham SH and return via Henley

More InformationBook Seats On This TrainSundays 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.

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3 Oct - Cotswold Explorer

Tyseley to Oxford
v.Golden Valley, rtn North Cotswold line
5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
p/u Tyseley, Birmingham SH and Worcester SH

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