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Essex Steam & Railway Curiosities

Essex Steam & Railway Curiosities

A superb variety of steam, from rural branch lines to a steam gala, as we delight in a plethora of steam/heritage venues whilst journeying through attractive scenery on this amazing short break based in historic Romford.

5 days from £589

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 4 June 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Epping Ongar Railway Steam Gala with vintage buses

  • Visit the Lodge Farm Park Railway

  • Visit the Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club

  • The Unique Mangapps Farm Railway with everything from London Underground Trains to a Canadian Caboose

  • Travel around rural Essex on vintage buses

  • Lunch at Wibblers Brewery

  • Travel on the rural Southminster Branch line

  • Visit the Southend Pier Museum

  • Travel on the Southend Pier Railway

  • Steam at the Colne Valley Railway

  • Travel on the scenic Gainsborough Line over Chappel Viaduct

  • Visit the East Anglian Railway Museum

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation

  • 1 light evening meal

  • 1 light lunch

  • 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

 

DAY 1

Arrive in Romford, after depositing our luggage at the Travelodge we visit Lodge Farm Park Railway followed by the Ilford & West Esses Model Railway Club. The evening meal will be at the Golden Lion Pub across from the Hotel. This is one of the oldest pubs in London.

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DAY 2

Travel by train and vintage bus to Ongar for a full day of steam at the Epping Ongar Railway Steam Gala which also offers the opportunity during the day for travelling on a superb collection of vintage buses.

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DAY 3

Today we have a very quirks and oddities day! Initially, we travel by train to Burnham-on-Crouch and transfer to the Mangapps Farm railway where we enjoy rides along the railway and view the magnificent collection which has a huge variety of rolling stock on display including heritage London Underground trains, a Canadian Caboose, industrial steam locomotives and main line diesels and electrics. We then take the short journey to Wibblers Brewery for a late lunch and brewery tour. Following which we take the train from Southminster to Southend Victoria via Wickford to visit the Southend Pier Museum which has former rolling stock from the Southend Pier Railway on display, after which we ride today's pier railway. Our day of quirks and curiosities concludes as we take the train from Southend Central for a journey along the coast as far as Upminster where we change to one of London's very few single-track branches back to Romford passing through Emerson Park Halt.

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DAY 4

A day in Great Easter territory taking the branch line train to Braintree where a coach will transfer us to the Colne Valley Railway. Here we travel by train up and down the line from the beautifully restored Castle Hedingham Station. We then continue by coach to Sudbury, where we take the Gainsborough Line to Chappel & Wakes Colne to visit the East Anglian Railway Museum. After our visit we continue on the Gainsborough line over Chappel Viaduct to Marks Tey to change onto the Great Eastern Main line and return to Romford.

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DAY 5

Our short break concludes having enjoyed numerous unusual attractions that we may well have always intended to visit and bid farewell to Romford and travel homewards.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Travelodge Romford

This comfortable, modern hotel is located just a 10 minute walk away from the station and is ideally located in the town centre. Every room has a comfy king size Dreamer™ bed, complete with a cosy duvet and four plump pillows. Rooms also have en-suite shower rooms, a spacious desk, a TV with freeview and WiFi. Enjoy complimentary hair and body wash and coffee and tea making facilities. Single travellers have sole occupancy of a double room.

 

FARES

 

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Liverpool Street

N/A

£609

Greater London

N/A

£619

South of England

£735

£649

East Anglia

£685

£649

South West

£755

£699

Heart of England

£695

£665

Midlands

£799

£695

Yorkshire

£765

£689

North East

£805

£709

North West

£839

£705

South Wales

£749

£695

North Wales

£839

£719

Scotland

£865

£719


Tour Base Fare £599 (Join and leave at Hotel)

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Occupancy of Double Room Supplement £125

 

 

4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation

1 light evening meal

1 light Lunch

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

 

 

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