Lune Rivers Trust Steam Train
Operated by West Coast Railways on behalf of the Lune Rivers Trust, this annual special steam train, formerly known as "The Lune Habitat", begins its trip at Carnforth.
This year, the 'Lunes Rivers Trust' Steam Special is destined for Shrewsbury. Picking up at Carnforth, Wennington and Bentham, our special charter will take you on a wonderful journey across some of England's finest countryside.
We enjoy the sights and smells of steam on both legs of the journey.
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.
Once you have booked you will be given a booking reference, your tickets and confirmed timings will then be sent to you 7 days before travel. Early booking is advisable as this train has been oversubscribed in previous years.
This day has always proved to be a terrific family day out. Join us again this September.
Premier Dining Class includes an at seat silver service of full English Breakfast in the morning, a selection of pastries with coffee mid journey (depending on finalised timings) and a four course meal on the return journey all freshly prepared by our skilled chefs on board the train.
First Class passengers will be served a breakfast roll on the outward leg and freshly made sandwiches, a scone, jam and butter will be served on the return journey. To accompany this, there will be a complimentary service of tea and coffee on both journeys.
Standard 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!
CHILDREN UNDER 5 can be brought on the train free of charge only if not taking up a seat and sharing seats with accompanying adults.
The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion