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2019

Calendar Instructions on Hover (if needed)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 Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express 2019



As originally envisioned, on Saturdays 2nd and 23rd February and 2nd March locomotive, 86259, is booked to haul Cumbrian Mountain Express trips 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 and handing the stock over to a steam locomotive.


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 home 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 2019



On Saturdays 18th May, 13th July, 10th August and 12th October, locomotive 86259 is booked to haul Cumbrian Mountain Express trips 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 and handing the stock over to a steam locomotive.


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 home 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 Coast Express 2019



On Saturday 16th March and 28th September 2019 the locomotive, 86259, is booked to haul a Cumbrian Coast 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 and then speeding up over Shap (at 1,036ft) to Carlisle.


There will be time available to explore this ancient city with its cathedral and castle, plus an assortment of shops and cafes, and this is followed by a return to Carnforth by steam train via the Cumbrian Coast through Workington, Seascale and Barrow-in-Furness to Carnforth.Having gone back, light engine to Carnforth to await the return of the coaching stock 86259, then 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 Pennine/Blackpool Express



On Saturday 13th April and 21st September 2019, locomotive 86259 is booked to haul the Pennine/Blackpool Express 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 and exchanging the carriage stock with a steam locomotive.


Leaving Carnforth, the steam locomotive heads eastwards on the climb through Wennington, Bentham and Clapham to the summit near Giggleswick and then descends to Settle Junction. After stopping briefly for water at Hellifield the trip takes the very scenic Ribble Valley line through Clitheroe, passing over the spectacular 48-arch viaduct across the River Calder at Whalley. Continuing through Ramsgreave and Wilpshire station it descends into Blackburn and follows the line via Bamber Bridge to Preston.


From Preston, the train joins the line to Blackpool North and passes through Poulton-le-Fylde station where there should, by now, be views of the famous 518 feet tall tower at Blackpool.. This line is newly electrified to serve local trains and also to allow through trains to and from London. Time will be available for passengers to visit the town and some of its attractions, including the Tower, the Winter Gardens, Madame Tussauds, the three piers or perhaps take a vintage tram ride along the sea front. Shops are also nearby along with many restaurants and pubs to cater for all tastes.


In the meantime, 86259 will have travelled, light engine, from Carnforth to Preston, whereat it may be stabled for the afternoon. Alternatively it may continue, light engine, to Blackpool North for stabling or even be dragged there at the back of the returning train (which seems like the better option) to reunite with the carriage stock, await the returning passengers and then whisk the trip back to London Euston, 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' London to Lincoln & York



Network Rail is implementing a policy, similar to that employed for a number of years at London-Euston, whereby steam locomotives are not permitted to haul rolling stock out of Kings Cross by reason of their limited acceleration. Instead, electric or diesel locomotives are required to haul the stock at least as far as Peterborough.


Accordingly, on Thursdays 14th March and 11th July locomotive, 86259, will launch a Steam Dreams' London to Lincoln & York trip leaving London Kings Cross at 08:15 involving an initial high speed journey down the East Coast Main Line to Peterborough, picking-up passengers at Potters Bar (08:30), Stevenage (08:50) and Peterborough (09:35). At Peterborough the carriage stock will be handed over to a steam locomotive for onward progress to Lincoln, where passengers may alight to enjoy the city, and then to York with eventual return via Lincoln to Peterborough where 86259 will whisk it back into London Kings Cross setting-down passengers at Potters Bar, Stevenage, and London Kings Cross.


Motive power is likely to be from a pool of steam locomotives including:- 34046 Braunton, 61306 Mayflower, 46233 Duchess of Sutherland, 70000 Britannia, 45699 Galatea, 45690 Leander, 35018 British India Line and various Black Fives.


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



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Steam Dreams' London to Chester, Llandudno & Holyhead



On Thursday 6th June 86259 will haul an excursion from London-Euston (08:15) to Crewe, stopping to pick up passengers at Milton Keynes (07:45), Rugby (08:25), Lichfield Trent Valley (09:00) and Crewe (10:05), where steam haulage will take passengers on to Chester (10:35), Llandudno (12:30), Bangor (12:50) or Holyhead (13:30). '259 will be stabled at Crewe to await the return of the passengers from Holyhead, Bangor, Llandudno and Chester by steam engine. 86259 will then whisk the stock back through Lichfield Trent Valley (19:45), Rugby (20:20), Milton Keynes (20:55) and into London Euston(22:00).


Motive power is likely to be from a pool of steam locomotives including:- 34046 Braunton, 61306 Mayflower, 46233 Duchess of Sutherland, 70000 Britannia, 45699 Galatea, 45690 Leander, 35018 British India Line and various Black Fives.


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



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Steam Dreams' London to the Settle & Carlisle Railway



On Saturday 14th September locomotive, 86259, is booked to haul an excursion 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 (07:45), Rugby (08:25), Lichfield Trent Valley (09:00) and Crewe(09:35) before terminating at Carnforth and handing the stock over to a steam locomotive.


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 home stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers and arriving back at London Euston at 22:25.


Motive power is likely to be from a pool of steam locomotives including:- 34046 Braunton, 61306 Mayflower, 46233 Duchess of Sutherland, 70000 Britannia, 45699 Galatea, 45690 Leander, 35018 British India Line and various Black Fives.


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