June 30th (5 days) Harz Mountains Summer Steam Explorer Fare £675 (SRS £95)
Experience a summer idyll in the stunning Harz Region riding, photographing and line-siding fantastic Harz Steam. Can be combined with Poland Summer Steam Explorer
July 3rd (7 days) Poland Summer Steam Explorer Fare £1175 (SRS £125)
We combine the best of narrow gauge and mainline steam in Poland, including a new mainline steam route and a never visited before, 10 miles long, 750 mm narrow gauge line. Can be combined with Summer Harz departing June 30th
June 30th (5 days) Harz & Poland Summer Steam Explorer Fare £1650 (SRS £200)
COMBINE TOURS for fantastic steam at an amazing value fare! Experience the idyllic Harz Mountains steam railway and the best of narrow gauge and mainline steam in Poland. Ride, photograph and line-side fantastic steam! An amazing combination.
July 10th, August 14th, Sept. 11th (8 days) Swiss Mountain Steam Fare £1595 (SRS £245)
Our superb steam and scenery tour – with the rare opportunity for the amazing journey over the Bruenig Pass hauled by vintage steam loco. Panoramic vistas on the original route of the Glacier Express on the Furka Steam Railway, plus the Brienz – Rothorn steam railway. With your Swiss Rail Pass also cruise on the lake paddle steamers. We stay Wengen with dinner included each evening. Great value – and a fabulous holiday for enthusiasts and partners alike.
July 13th (4 days) North West Steam Explorer Fares from £299 (SRS £54)
From the birth of railways to heritage today! Explore three fabulously different heritage steam lines, including a private steam charter, on this great value short break to England’s North West. Steam on the East Lancashire Railway, private steam photo charter on the Ribble Steam Railway and Peak Rail by steam with depot visit, plus explore NW railway origins at Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry. Great value fares including half-board accommodation.
July 17th (5 days) Midlands Great Steam Explorer Fares from £499 (SRS £99)
Miniature to standard gauge steam! Explore some of the very best Midlands’ Heritage Railways. Enjoy private steam photo charters at Chasewater and Apedale, ride behind steam on the Great Central, the Churnet Valley Railway and Rudyard Lake Railway, plus visit Crewe Railway Heritage Centre and the annual Steam Gala at Foxfield. Half-board throughout.
July 13th (9 days) North West & Midlands Steam Explorer Fares from £829 (SRS £160)
Combine the above two short-breaks into one sensational tour of eleven famous steam lines and heritage sites. Miniature to standard gauge steam, from the North West birth of railways to historic Crewe, great Midlands’ lines and a steam gala. Enjoy half-board hotel accommodation throughout, staying in the vibrant city of Manchester and in a North Staffordshire Railway heritage hotel, in the heart of The Potteries - with the opportunity to explore nearby historic canals too; this “two-centre” tour is inclusive of dinner, bed and breakfast for the night we transfer from the North West to the Midlands.
FREE "Bradshaw’s Guide"! Be one of the first 10 bookings for this tour and receive a facsimile copy of the 1863 Handbook that inspired the Great British Railway Journeys TV series.
August 1st (6 days) Austrian Steam Explorer Fare £1195 (SRS £90)
An action-packed short break featuring five steam lines in beautiful countryside. The famous Zillertalbahn; the rack line. Achenseebahn; the long, superbly scenic, steeply graded Mariazellerbahn, on a rare steam day; the Sterytalbahn and an exclusive steam charter over the Timelkam to Amflwang line. By rail throughout from London. (Air option available.)
|August 24th (8 days) Welsh Mega Steam 4 Fare from £975 NO SRS!|
Our extremely popular tour, now featuring FOURTEEN fantastic Welsh lines and TWO steam galas in just 8 days! A unique opportunity to experience the great rail journeys of the 'little' and standard gauge lines that snake through the stunning scenery of north Wales, including the whole of the superb Welsh Highland line from Caernarfon to Porthmadog through the Aberglaslyn Pass, plus ride the spectacularly scenic Cambrian Coast line and visit the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Gala to celebrate its 50 years' of preservation. If you’ve always promised yourself to ‘do’ all these famous railways, but never got round to it – then this is a unique opportunity to bag them all in one go! We offer great value fares including half-board, First or standard class rail travel to join the tour and NO single room supplement!
August 29th (4 days) Norfolk Steam Gala Fares from £399 (SRS £75)
A super variety of steam, Garden Railway to North Norfolk Railway Steam Gala, as we visit 6 steam venues and journey through outstanding scenery on this amazing short break. We stay in historic Norwich, with its River Bure walks, rich heritage, glorious sights and real ale inns. Enjoy a full day at the North Norfolk Railway annual Steam Gala; ride Bressingham Narrow Gauge steam through stunning gardens, plus their annual Model Rail Show; private standard gauge steam charter at Whitwell & Reepham Railway; Wells & Walsingham steam line, with Garratt locos; the scenic Bure Valley line for 9 miles of steam, and an enchanting secret location for Garden Railway steam. A delectable mix of steam action and attractions with inspiring scenery and relaxing journeys that will enthrall steam and photographic enthusiasts and their partners alike. Great value fares include travel from your UK “home” station and half-board accommodation.
September 5th (6 days) Dutch Steam Explorer Fare £695 (SRS £125)
A wonderful short break featuring four steam lines, their biggest steam festival, the National Railway Museum in Utrecht, an exclusive steam photo charter, a coastal cruise and the renowned Zuiderzee heritage collection.
September 5th (4 days) Sunny South Steam Fares from £349 (SRS £99)
Southern Railway steam nostalgia! Head “South for Sunshine” on a long weekend break to enjoy steam on the Swanage, Watercress and Isle of Wight lines, and a Grand Steam Gala & Vintage Transport Rally. Another wonderful mix of steam action, rich heritage and maritime influences combined with stunning scenery and relaxing journeys that will appeal to steam and photographic enthusiasts and their partners alike. Great value fares include travel from your UK “home” station.
September 5th (5 days) Meiningen Steam Festival & More Fare £829 (SRS £96)
Visit the amazing Meiningen Railway Works annual steam festival, by Pacific 01 118 hauled charter train. Plus private steam charters on the Grube Fortuna narrow gauge, Frankfurt Feldbahn and a wonderful Darmstadt tram – and more!
October 9th (11 days) Eastern USA Steam Fare £1995 (SRS £420)
Itinerary update; new GREAT VALUE fare! Seven excellent steam lines, including the fabulous Cass Railroad with Shay locos climbing incredibly steep grades, and a rare Climax steam loco riverside running. PLUS two rail museums, a day excursion into New York and an Amtrak ride.
October 17th (5 days) Golden Harz Enthusiasts Festival Fare £779 (SRS £65)
We feature a plethora of unusual workings with many photo opportunities of both passenger and freight rolling stock on our special trains. Highlights including storming up the Brocken hauled by loco 99 5902, recreating the parallel departure from Alexisbad (no longer possible on scheduled service timetable), special two train return charter from Wernigerode to Eisfelder, with 1914 built Henschel 99 6101 (“Pfifi”) and a Brockenbahn 2-10-2T and a unique parallel steam photo departure at Eisfelder Talmühle. Half-board accommodation. Not to be missed; BOOK NOW!
December 28th (8 days) New Year with Austrian Steam Fare TBA
Celebrate the arrival of 2014 in a spectacular New Year winter wonderland of glorious snow-capped mountain scenery with sensational steam trains. This brand new tour will build on our previous popular holidays to Austria, featuring wonderful heritage rail through stunning scenery such as the lines to Krimml and to Ampflwang, narrow gauge steam on the Zillertalbahn, the Achenseebahn steam rack railway and the famous Mariazellerbahn. A tour to delight enthusiasts and partners alike.
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April 8th (7 days) Dresden Leipzig 175 Mega Steam Fare TBA
Celebrating 175 years of Germany’s long distance railway between Dresden and Leipzig, with a spectacular Steam Festival weekend in Dresden. Make the amazing journey from Dresden to Leipzig – and return – with steam locomotion, plus experience parallel running with two steam trains on the “Tharant incline”. Lots more steam action is promised in and around Dresden and Chemnitz, at what is set to be Germany’s major steam event of 2014.
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May 2014 Tour (17 days) Australia Big Steam Action Fare TBA (circ. £3000)
This tour hopes to take in the one of the initial runs of the huge Garratt 4-8-4+4-8-4 being restored at Canberra – and include a visit to a May event to celebrate to celebrate 100 years of the roundhouse at Valley Heights in the scenic Blue Mountains, east of Sydney, where the resident two steam locos will be joined by visiting steam engines. Other steam action on this exciting tour is likely to cover steam lines around Melbourne - the Victoria Goldfields Railway, Puffing Billy and Bellerine Peninsula Railway, along with lines around Sydney – the Illawarra, the huge New South Wales Railway Museum and steam line at Picton, and the Zig Zag line which should reopen by the time of our tour. In all we hope to feature 7 steam lines on FIVE different gauges and will have at least FOUR exclusive steam charters, plus enjoy sightseeing in Sydney, Melbourne trams, and take an XPT diesel train ride between Melbourne and Sydney. Pre and post tour extensions will also be possible, such as riding the "Ghan", "Indian Pacific" or traveling to Brisbane.
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2014 Tour (16 days) India - Sights and Steam Fare TBA (circ. £4000)
This very special tour will feature exclusive steam charters plus visits to Delhi, Agra and Mumbai - and the amazing rail journeys to the “hill stations” of Shimla and Darjeeling with their famous narrow gauge steam railways.
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