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2017

Calendar Instructions on Hover (if required)Hover the cursor over a month name and the days of that month will appear in place of the calendar cover photo. Days when 86259 is due to be out on the network are highlighted and the trip is shown in a panel to the right of the calendar. Move the cursor staying within the background colour of the selected month (viz. horizontally) into the body of the calendar and 'click' on any highlighted day to be taken direct to the relevant text which is below.

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Railway Touring Company's Cumbrian Coast Express



On Saturdays 28th January, 4th and 25th March and 2nd September the locomotive, 86259, is booked to haul a Cumbrian Mountain Express trip leaving London Euston at 07:09 and involving an initial high speed journey down the West Coast Main Line, stopping to pick up more passengers at Milton Keynes, Rugby, Nuneaton and Crewe before terminating at Carnforth. There is then a circular steam tour outwards via Shap to Carlisle, where there will be time available to explore this ancient city with its cathedral and castle, plus an assortment of shops and cafes, and then back via the Cumbrian Coast through Workington, Seascale and Barrow-in-Furness to Carnforth. 259 thereafter takes over the train once more to whisk it back to London stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Passengers from Watford Junction will travel to Milton Keynes by service train.

Passengers from Northampton will travel to and from Rugby by service train.

Full details/bookings at the Railway Touring Company's website http://www.railwaytouring.net/


 

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Railway Touring Company's Cumbrian Mountain Express



On Saturdays 22nd April, 13th and 20th May, 15th July, 26th August and 14th October the locomotive, 86259, is booked to haul a Cumbrian Mountain Express trip leaving London Euston at 07:09 and involving an initial high speed journey down the West Coast Main Line, stopping to pick up more passengers at Milton Keynes, Rugby, Nuneaton and Crewe before terminating at Carnforth. There is then a circular steam tour outwards via Shap (at 1,036ft) to Carlisle, where there will be time available to explore this ancient city with its cathedral and castle, plus an assortment of shops and cafes, and then back via the Settle and Carlisle line through the Yorkshire Dales past Scafell Pike (at 3,209ft), over the Ribblehead Viaduct and through Hellifield and Clitheroe, 259 thereafter taking over the train at Farington Junction, near Preston, to whisk it back to London stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.


Passengers from Watford Junction will travel to Milton Keynes by service train.

Passengers from Northampton will travel to and from Rugby by service train.

Full details/bookings at the Railway Touring Company's website http://www.railwaytouring.net/


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Steam Dreams' Cathedrals Express



On Wednesday 1st March, the locomotive, 86259, is booked to haul a Cathedrals Express trip leaving London Euston at 09:15 and involving an initial high speed journey down the West Coast Main Line, stopping to pick up more passengers at Milton Keynes, Rugby, and Lichfield Trent Valley before terminating at Crewe. There is then a steam tour across North Wales, stopping at Chester for passengers, to Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey where the steam engine is then turned to return to Crewe. 259 thereafter takes over the train to whisk it back to London stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Full details/bookings at the Steam Dreams' website http://www.steamdreams.co.uk/


 



 

Steam Dreams' Christmas Markets Express



On 18th November the locomotive, 86259, is booked to haul a Christmas Shopping Express trip leaving London Euston at 07:10 and involving an initial high speed journey down the West Coast Main Line, stopping to pick up more passengers at Milton Keynes, Rugby, and Lichfield Trent Valley. Passengers will have the choice of visiting either the Christmas market at Carlisle or, by disembarking at Crewe for alternative locomotion, at Holyhead or Llangollen. 86259 will eventually whisk passengers back to London stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey for set downs.

Full details/bookings at the Steam Dreams' website http://www.steamdreams.co.uk/


 


 

Other 2017 Possibilities



The postponed 2016 Virgin Trains Open Day may take place sometime in 2017 at Crewe. Watch this page for further info.