2017 Great Central & More - Steam, Rail & Ale

2017 Great Central & More - Steam, Rail & Ale

A brilliant Steam, Rail & Ale tour timed to coincide with the huge Great Central Model Railway event, the 150 anniversary celebrations on the Ecclesbourne Valley line, plus Peak Rail Steam & Vintage bus rides. Add in a visit and tour of Marston's Heritage brewery and a Victorian ale house and we can drink to that!

5 days from £459

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 15 June 2017 (5 days)

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Great Central Day Rover pass

  • Admission to the GCR Model event at Quorn

  • Ecclesbourne Valley Steam - 150th anniversary celebrations

  • Steam along Peak Rail

  • Vintage Bus rides in the Peak District

  • Tour of Marston’s heritage brewery

  • Real Ale on trains and in stations on GCR including the renowned ‘tin hut’

  • Based in Derby, the Real Ale capital of the world

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

Half Board accommodation at former Midland Railway hotel

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Thursday 15 June: Travelling by train from your home station to Derby and after registering at the Hallmark Hotel, the former Midland Railway Hotel, we travel by train to Burton upon Trent for a guided tour of Marston's heritage brewery. The tour includes the Victorian Brewhouse, the Burton Union System, the Bottling Plant and a sociable 3 halves taster of their finest beer. Afterwards we return by train to Derby for our first evening meal at our hotel followed by a complimentary pint at the Brunswick - a Victorian ale house & brewery.

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DAY 2

Friday 16 June: By train to Duffield where a cross platform change takes us to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway for a day of steam on this usually diesel only heritage line utilising the guest steam locomotive that is being brought in as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations. The railway is still planning the exact format of the celebrations but it is sure to be a wonderful way to enjoy our first visit to the line. Approximately 10 miles long the line runs through one of Derbyshire's most lovely and unspoilt valleys to its terminus at Wirksworth where there is also the opportunity to storm up the Ravenstor incline - A short, but very steep, section of former mineral line. Wirksworth itself is an ancient market town known as the Gem of the Peak offering a variety of cosy real ale pubs including the Royal Oak near the station.

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DAY 3

Saturday 17 June: A short journey takes us to Loughborough and a full day at the best mainline steam railway in Britain - the double track Great Central Railway. Your day rover ticket allows unlimited travel along the line with real ale available at Loughborough station, on the train, and free access to the huge model railway marquee at Quorn which is one of the UK's biggest model railway events with the real ale 'tin shed' bar within. After our evening meal we have a Great Central Past & Present quiz for you.

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DAY 4

Sunday 18 June: Returning to the rails, we travel by train to Matlock for a full day of steam at Peak Rail plus enjoying vintage bus & coach rides at Rowsley to a variety of destinations including Bakewell, Matlock, Chatsworth, and Darley Dale. After this superb day of steam and vintage transport we return by train to Derby for our final evening meal at the Hallmark hotel and a farewell pint at the Brunswick ale house.

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DAY 5

Monday 19 June: Our tour concludes after breakfast with individual departures to homeward stations.


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HOTEL

 

Hallmark Hotel, Derby

 

The original Midland Railway hotel has been refurbished to create a luxurious boutique-style hotel whilst still retaining Victorian features and the wonderful grandeur of old. En-suite bedrooms feature flat screen TV with Freeview, free internet access, tea/coffee making facilities and hair-dryer; sleep easy in great beds with sumptuous bedding, chenille throws and luxury cushions.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: St Pancras

£575

£530

-£5

Greater London

£600

£545

-£10

South of England

£600

£545

-£10

East Anglia

£605

£550

-£10

South West

£665

£560

-£15

Heart of England

£565

£510

-£5

Midlands

£495

£480

-£5

Yorkshire

£515

£495

-£5

North East

£605

£525

-£10

North West

£525

£495

-£5

South Wales

£545

£510

-£10

North Wales

£545

£515

-£5

Scotland

£675

£570

-£15



 

Join & Leave at Hotel £459

 

Single Room Supplement £45

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

2 x ‘three halves’ plus one pint of fine ale or cider

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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