Spitfire, Titanic & Staffordshire by Steam

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 tour features so much more - the Amerton, Churnet Valley, Rudyard Lake and Apedale Railways, plus the special Steam Anniversary Gala at Foxfield on a moorlands tour by vintage coach with more than a taste of real ale.

5 days from £399

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 13 July 2017 (5 days)

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Foxfield Steam Railway 50th anniversary steam gala

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

  • Charming, 10.25" gauge Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

  • Apedale private steam photo charter Moseley Trust locos

  • Amerton Railway private steam photo charter & shed tour

  • Private Titanic brewery tour & tasting

  • Real ale pubs galore

  • Vintage bus travel

  • See Stoke on Trent’s Spitfire

  • Stay in a heritage hotel, in the heart of the Potteries

  • 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 13 July: We meet at Stoke station and then board our vintage coach to the Amerton Railway for a private steam photo charter. This mile long, 2 foot gauge line is rarely visited by enthusiasts and we have requested the 1897 built W.G. Bagnall of Stafford 0-4-0 loco Isabel, for whom the line was built, to be steamed for our charter. We then travel into the heart of the Potteries for a relaxing pint (courtesy of Railtrail) at the Holy Inadequate pub which is regularly voted by CAMRA as the best in the Potteries. Our hotel, the Quality Hotel, which was the Grand Hotel in North Staffordshire Railway days, was situated adjacent to Hanley Station of the famous Potteries Loop line fame.

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DAY 2

Friday 14 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. We then return to the Potteries for a guided tour of the award-winning Titanic brewery, followed by a fine ale tasting and a bowl of lobby (a local delicacy). Our afternoon concludes with 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.

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DAY 3

Saturday 15 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.

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DAY 4

Sunday 16 July: Our wonderful tour 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 will feature passenger trains and the unique sight of a rake of coal wagons being powered by original industrial steam locomotives up a 1 in 30 gradient, plus lifting demonstrations with a steam crane and lots more. We will also stay at the steam gala and experience the early evening culmination of the Foxfield event - a fantastic cavalcade of steam locomotives. Our private vintage coach then transfers us back to our hotel for our farewell dinner.

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DAY 5

Monday 17 July: Before departing for homeward trains you may like 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 only a short walk from the hotel and is also home to the world's finest collection of ceramics for which the Potteries is world renowned.


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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

 

Quality Hotel, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

Built in 1900 and formerly a grand railway hotel, the Quality Hotel remains iconic to this day. The Leisure Club features an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Guests can also enjoy a sports massage by appointment. The elegant Restaurant 66 serves a varied international menu and wine list. Bennett’s Bar serves a selection of bar snacks and features a pool table. Room service is also available. All bedrooms have a private bathroom, tea / coffee making facilities and a television.

 

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Terminal

£570

£475

-£10

Greater London

£610

£500

-£10

South of England

£620

£510

-£10

East Anglia

£640

£525

-£10

South West

£585

£485

-£10

Heart of England

£530

£460

-£5

Midlands

£455

£420

-£5

Yorkshire

£495

£465

-£10

North East

£570

£510

-£10

North West

£485

£430

-£5

South Wales

£645

£485

-£10

North Wales

£490

£445

-£5

Scotland

£595

£495

-£10



 

Tour Base Fare (Join & Leave at the Hotel) £399

Single Room Supplement £75

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

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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