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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 Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express 2018



On Saturdays 3rd, 17th and 24th February and 10th March 86259, is booked to haul Winter 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. 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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Railway Touring Company's Cumbrian Mountain Express 2018



"Winter" is now over - we hope(!) - so this term is henceforward omitted from the name of the trip.
On Saturdays 14th April**(Cancelled), 12th May, 23rd June**, 14th July, 11th August*** and 13th 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.

** The trip marked with two asterisks originates at Milton Keynes - perhaps there is engineering work on the lines near Euston - and it further differs from normal in not using the Trent Valley line but instead travels through Coventry, Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton, regaining the usual WCML route at Stafford for Crewe and Carnforth.

*** The trip on 11th August (normal route) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of Standard Gauge steam haulage on British Railways, the famous 1T57 "15 Guinea special", that ran on the 11th August 1968.

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 2018



On Saturday 29th September 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 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. Having waited at Carnforth for the returnof the coaching stock, 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 Whitby Flier



On Saturday 7th April 2018 86259 leaves London King’s Cross at 07:30 to make its way northwards along the ECML bound for York, picking up at Stevenage (08:00), Huntingdon (08:35) and Peterborough (08:55) along the way. 259 will then be stabled at York, a historic city and home of the National Railway Museum, until the evening. Steam locomotives ex-LNER B1 '4-6-0' No. 61264 and BR Standard Class 4 '2-6-0' No. 76084 will haul the carriage stock for the trip from York to Whitby and return.

Steam locos will speed passengers through Thirsk, Northallerton, Eaglescliffe, Thornaby and Middlesbrough. The famous Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge dating from 1911 is a prominent landmark of the area. At Guisborough Junction, the trip heads for Battersby on the edge of the Cleveland Hills and then takes the attractive Esk Valley line through the northern section of the North Yorkshire Moors passing Castleton Moor, Danby, Glaisdale, Egton, and then across the Esk a number of times to reach Grosmont, Sleights, Ruswarp and run alongside the Esk to pass beneath the impressive Larpool Viaduct. Boat yards and a view of the ancient abbey herald the arrival at Whitby.

There will be about 4 hours in Whitby to explore the many attractions the town has to offer, including the working harbour, quaint shops and restaurants, the 13th century abbey and St Mary’s church, reached by 199 steps(!), the Dracula museum and there is even a kipper smokery where you can buy the produce!

After time in Whitby, the trip will retrace its route through Battersby, Middlesbrough, Northallerton and Thirsk, arriving in York in the early evening after an interesting and varied day on rural branch lines of the north-east. At 8pm our blue electric locomotive, 86259, will be waiting to take passengers back to London, calling to set down at the earlier pick up stations.

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





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Steam Dreams' Cathedrals Express 2018



On Saturday 17th March 2018 locomotive, 86259, is booked to haul a Steam Dreams' Cathedrals 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.


I have just learned of another charter trip which 86259 is to undertake on 19th May 2018 - A Steam Dreams Cathedrals Express to Scotland and the Lakes! 86259 will take the coaching stock from London Kings Cross to York where Flying Scotsman will take over haulage. 86259 will then be hauled by a West Coast diesel to Carnforth. It will be stabled at Carnforth until the following Tuesday when it will travel, again light engine, to Preston to meet with Flying Scotsman bringing the stock back through the scenic Settle & Carlisle route for Les Ross/Peter Pan to whisk back to London.


On Thursday 5th July(Cancelled) 86259 will haul another Cathedrals Express from Kings Cross (08:15) to York and return along the ECML calling at Potters Bar (08:30), Stevenage (09:00) and Peterborough (09:35). This would constitute a totally electrically-hauled trip for Steam Dreams although there will be no shortage of steam at the National Railway Museum at York. There will be 7 hours for passengers to enjoy what is on offer in York.

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