We can now announce another new trip for this year – to Stratford-upon-Avon on the 30th July.
We are joining up with the Railway Touring Company to promote this day out using the British Pullman, a Belmond train.
We will leave London Victoria steam hauled in the morning by our engine, ‘Merchant Navy’ Class locomotive No.35028 Clan Line, and make our way to Leamington Spa, travelling in the magnificent British Pullman carriages which are steeped in history.
A coach will take you from Leamington Spa onto the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, famous for its William Shakespeare connections.
Departing from London Victoria around 09:15, we will enjoy a brunch as we travel via Clapham Junction, Barnes, New Kew Junction, Kew east Junction, Acton Central, Acton Wells Junction and Acton Canal Wharf to join the Chiltern main line at Neasden South Junction. From here we travel on past Wembley Stadium, Ruislip and the Chiltern Hills through Beaconsfield, High Wycombe and Saunderton to Princes Risborough. We cross the East West Rail line, now being reopened at Bicester before the main line from Oxford, Didcot, Reading and the south trails in at the flying junction at Aynho. From here it is a short distance to Banbury, where we pause for water.
After Banbury we continue to Leamington Spa where we set down passengers. We then take a coach transfer to Stratford-upon-Avon with time to explore Shakespeare’s birthplace before re-joining the train for our departure back to London at around 17:00.
Dinner will be served as we retrace our route, this time by rail from Stratford-upon-Avon back through Warwick, Leamington Spa and Banbury to Aynho Junction, where we now take the route via Oxford, pausing again to take on water shortly afterwards. From here we join Brunel’s Great Western main line at Didcot and head back towards London by way of Reading, Maidenhead and Slough to Acton. We then climb towards Willesden and take the West London Line via Kensington Olympia, crossing the Thames at Chelsea. Arrival back into London Victoria is at around 21:30.
For more details, and to book, see here.