2018 Great Central & More - Steam, Rail & Ale

2018 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 14 June 2018 (5 days)

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Great Central Day Rover pass

  • Admission to the GCR Model event at Quorn

  • Steam at Great Central Nottingham

  • Steam along Peak Rail

  • Vintage Bus rides in the Peak District

  • Tour of Marston’s heritage brewery

  • Visit and pint at Ye Olde Trip to Jeruselem

  • 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 the Hallmark Inn, Derby

Evening meals at the 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 14 June: Travelling by train from your home station to Derby and after registering at the Hallmark Inn, 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 the former Midland hotel followed by a complimentary pint at the Brunswick - a Victorian ale house & brewery.

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DAY 2

Friday 15 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.

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DAY 3

Saturday 16 June: There is huge interest in the forthcoming connection of the two 'Great Central' Railways now that a new bridge is in place over the Midland Mainline. So, this morning we travel by train to Nottingham, transferring hopefully by heritage coach to the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) to enjoy a steam journey over the line, with time to enjoy the collection of heritage rail and road vehicles. We then continue by heritage coach to England's oldest Inn, 'Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem', for a drink courtesy of Railtrail from their fine selection of ales. Returning by train to Derby for our evening meal at the former Midland Railway Hotel.

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DAY 4

Sunday 17 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 former Midland Railway hotel and a farewell pint at the 'Alex' a fine real ale pub with its collection of Railwayana.

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DAY 5

Monday 18 June: Our tour concludes after breakfast with individual departures to homeward stations.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Hallmark Inn, Derby

A 3 star hotel renovated to modern-day standards with all bedrooms equipped with flat-screen televisions, complimentary wireless Internet, satellite programming. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, and housekeeping is provided daily. All evening meals will be taken at the original Midland Railway hotel situated opposite.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Terminal

£580

£535

-£5

Greater London

£605

£555

-£10

South of England

£605

£555

-£10

East Anglia

£610

£555

-£10

South West

£670

£565

-£15

Heart of England

£570

£515

-£5

Midlands

£500

£485

-£5

Yorkshire

£520

£500

-£5

North East

£610

£530

-£10

North West

£530

£500

-£5

South Wales

£550

£515

-£10

North Wales

£550

£520

-£5

Scotland

£680

£575

-£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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