The Shrewsbury Steam Special
Please Note: This trip is part hauled by vintage diesel and part hauled by steam
The Shrewsbury Steam Special
Scarborough to Shrewsbury
Departs – Wednesday 28 February 2018
From Scarborough, Seamer, Malton, York, Church Fenton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Brighouse and Hebden Bridge.
We expect up to 3 hours afternoon break at our destination, Shrewsbury. There can't be many towns with 660 listed buildings, a museum in an old music hall and carved characters peering down at you from a c.1500´s building. Founded by the Saxons and developed mostly by the Tudors, today Shrewsbury is a one-off and you spot it as soon as you step out of the train station (which has the largest mechanical signal box in the world). The town centre is neatly scooped up in the loop of the River Severn. Inside the loop criss-crossing Medieval streets are lined with wonky buildings containing original and one-off shops and street names that truly tell a story. If you´re exploring on foot then don´t miss the statue of Charles Darwin outside the library. Darwin was born in the town and went to Shrewsbury School which was then housed in the library buildings and follow a Darwin Trail around town. Look out for the Quantum Leap sculpture on the riverbank opposite the Theatre which was created to mark Darwin´s 200th birthday. Founded in 1083, the Shrewsbury Abbey was once centre of Norman and Medieval power in the region as well as the centre of a daily prayer, study and work for a community of monks. From the red sandstone castle walls you´ll see why Shrewsbury Castle was once a place to guard the town. Inside the walls lies the museum of the Shropshire Regiments, which is dedicated to the King´s Shropshire Light Infantry.
We expect to depart, diesel hauled, around 0630 from Scarborough (0730 York) and make our way to Crewe where steam takes over for a nostalgic circular tour through Chester and along the Welsh borders, with stunning scenery all the way to Shrewsbury. After a break of around three hours we return steam hauled along the more direct route through Whitchurch to Crewe and then diesel from Crewe to Scarborough. Please note that this train, being part steam hauled is operated with Premier first class coaches. Arrival back into Scarborough should be around 2230 (York 2130).
Premier Dining passengers will be served a full English breakfast with complimentary Buck's Fizz plus elevenses or light lunch (depending on finalised timings), on the outward journey. A delicious four course evening dinner preceded by canapés and Champagne will be served on the return journey.
Premier First Class passengers will be served a breakfast bap followed by a selection of Tulip muffins on the outward journey and a savoury refreshment box followed by the cake of the day on the return journey. To accompany this, there will be a complimentary service of tea and coffee for both legs of the journey.
Standard and First Class passengers will have access to a buffet for the purchase of tea, coffee and light refreshments.You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!
Premier First Class and Premier Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £20.00 per person.
The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion.