2018 Spitfire, Titanic & Staffordshire by Steam

2018 Spitfire, Titanic & Staffordshire by Steam

Spitfire and Titanic? Okay, we've got your attention! Yes, we see Spitfire RW388 at the Potteries Museum and visit the Titanic Brewery for a tour and tasting, but this superb value tour features so much more - the Churnet Valley, Rudyard Lake Railways plus the unique Apedale Railway and the annual Steam Gala at Foxfield. All excursions are aboard a vintage coach with more than a taste of real ale.

5 days from £415

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 19 July 2018 (5 days)

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Foxfield Steam Railway Steam Gala

  • Steam on the Churnet Valley Railway – The real ale line

  • Charming, 10.25" gauge Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

  • Private steam charter Apedale Railway

  • Private Titanic brewery tour & tasting

  • Real ale pubs galore

  • Vintage bus travel

  • See Stoke on Trent’s Spitfire

  • Stay in a heritage railway hotel

  • Great value fare including half-board accommodation

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

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

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

4 nights' dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation, plus ‘lobby’ at the Titanic Brewery

DAY 1

Thursday 19 July: We meet at Stoke station and after registering at the original North Stafford Railway Hotel we board our vintage coach to Hanley in the heart of the Potteries to get up close to Spitfire RW388 which was presented to the city in honour of the planes creator, Reginald J Mitchell, who was born locally. The museum is also home to the world's finest collection of ceramics for which the Potteries is world renowned. We then have a tour and tasting at the Titanic Brewery one of the Potteries finest before returning to the NSR hotel and our evening meal.

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DAY 2

Friday 20 July: We travel by vintage coach out into the delightful Staffordshire Moorlands for a visit to the Rudyard Lake Railway, which is now home to the track and stock of the former Isle of Mull Railway. Rudyard Kipling was named after this famous local beauty spot and the line runs along the lakeside. Our afternoon features a private steam charter at the Apedale Railway, which is an excellent project conserving a substantial collection of British Narrow Gauge industrial locomotives and artefacts, including those owned by the Moseley Trust after which we return to our hotel for our evening meal.

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DAY 3

Saturday 21 July: We travel by vintage coach back out to the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands for a day on the standard gauge Churnet Valley Railway, steaming through Staffordshire's 'Little Switzerland' as it was marketed by the original North Staffordshire Railway. There are excellent real ale pubs at each station, such as the Boat Inn at Cheddleton, The Railway at Froghall, and in our biased opinion the most scenically located railway pub in Britain - the Black Lion at Consall Forge - a truly relaxing day in glorious scenery. A lunchtime excursion sees our vintage coach take us to one of the North's most revered pubs - the amazing Yew Tree at Cauldon Lowe.

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DAY 4

Sunday 22 July: Our wonderful weekend concludes with a full day of riding and photography at the famous Foxfield Steam Railway annual gala. This former colliery line is 3.5 miles long with fine countryside views (the setting for the BBC's "Cranford" when the railway came to the town in this Victorian drama). The gala with normally 5 or 6 locos in steam featuring passenger trains and the unique sight of a rake of wagons being powered by original industrial steam locomotives up a 1 in 30 gradient, plus lifting demonstrations with a steam crane and lots more. Foxfield is also home to the unique North Staffordshire Railway rake of coaches owned by the Knotty Trust. We will also experience the early evening culmination of the Foxfield event - a fantastic rake of waggons being powered up the infamous Foxfield bank with both train loco and banker with regulators fully open. Our private vintage coach then transfers us back to our hotel for our farewell dinner.

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DAY 5

Monday 23 July: After breakfast we take our homeward journeys from Stoke.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

North Stafford Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent

Whilst retaining its period architectural glory, the North Stafford Hotel now offers more budget accommodation in a warm and welcoming atmosphere; this beautifully designed Victorian railway hotel is directly opposite the station, situated in the heart of "The Potteries" city of Stoke-on-Trent. Relax in the Clayhanger bar and Winton Suite lounge; free WIFI is available throughout the public areas of the hotel. The en-suite rooms are fully equipped to give a comfortable and homely feel with facilities including trouser press, TV, hairdryer, telephone and tea/coffee making.

 

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Euston

£595

£495

-£10

Greater London

£630

£520

-£10

South of England

£640

£530

-£10

East Anglia

£665

£545

-£10

South West

£610

£505

-£10

Heart of England

£550

£480

-£5

Midlands

£475

£440

-£5

Yorkshire

£515

£485

-£10

North East

£590

£530

-£10

North West

£500

£445

-£5

South Wales

£665

£505

-£10

North Wales

£505

£465

-£5

Scotland

£620

£510

-£10



 

Tour Base Fare (Join & Leave at the Hotel) £415

 

Single Room Supplement £75

 

4 nights' dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation,

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

 

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

Fares are based on based on sharing a twin-bedded en-suite room; single rooms available for a supplement.

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