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Steam in Great Britain

7. - 15. march 2020 

Steam in Great Britain

After our successful "Steam in Great Britain" Tour 2019, many customers asked us not only to visit the "big" railways, but also to integrate the smaller museum railways into a tour program. So, said, done: on this trip we will travel on some of the most photogenic routes in the southwest of the island: the English Riviera offers with mountains, hills and sea views everything you could wish for!

We offer this trip as a "complete trip" with hotels and transfers, and as a "steam only trip" and exclusive visit to the railways without any further arrangement.

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No. of participants Min. 15 - max. 30
Duration 8 days
Meals -
Price from 900 €
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Your program:

Saturday, March 7, 2020:
Meeting of all participants at London Heathrow Airport (alternatively London Paddington Station) around noon and train ride to Paignton: first from Heathrow to Paddington, and from there with First Great Western to Paignton.

Our hotel is within walking distance of Paignton station!

Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Paignton.
Meals: none

We can also arrange your flights to London, talk to us about the best options!

Sunday, 8 March 2020:
The regular track of the "Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company" or PDSR for short, leads from the small harbour town of Paignton through the hilly landscape of Devon to Kingswear at the mouth of the Dart River. The route runs close to the water at the beginning and end, in the northern part even directly on the beach! Today we will be on the train the whole day and work off the photographic potential of the route in several trips! If you don't get seasick so fast, you can also do it from our "escort boat"!

In the evening there will be night shots in the train station of Kingswear.
Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Paignton.
Meals: none

Monday, March 9, 2020:
Today we visit another regular gauge line in Devon, the nearby "South Devon Railway". This line used to be known as the "Dart Valley Railway", but after a change of ownership and new management, it is now operating under a new name. What hasn't changed is the typical rural character of the train from Totnes to Buckfastleigh - the BBC has also been filming here several times.

Although it is only 10 km long, it offers an unbelievable number of excellent motifs: typical English shape signals, a beautiful landscape - and an extremely large variety of cars and locomotives! We will be on the road all day with several different train sets. 

Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Paignton.
Meals: none

Tuesday, March 10, 2020:
Passenger traffic on the Swanage Railway ended in 1972, with only a small amount of freight remaining on part of the line, and British Rail had the remaining tracks removed in the same year. Today the preserved part is a museum railway, whose route - starting from Swanage - was gradually built by British railway enthusiasts. 

Today trains are steaming across the line again, and we will also be travelling on the 16 kilometre standard gauge line with a photo train! If nothing comes in between, the locomotive 31806 (axle arrangement 1D), built in 1926, will be the only remaining operational locomotive of the "U-class"! Their boiler deadline expires in the following year, so we want to have our special train covered with this locomotive. 

Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Southhampton.
Meals: none

Wednesday, March 11, 2020:
This morning we spend with another special photo train on the Midland Railway, a normal gauge museum railway from Hammersmith to Riddings. Although the train is also known for its large collection of operational diesel locomotives, we will experience the outstanding photo locations here with a classic steam train! Which steam locomotive will cover our train is not quite clear at the time of going to press, because the Midland Railway also makes its money by renting steam locomotives to other museum railways. Planning for the 2020 season in the UK is usually done at very short notice ...

In the afternoon we drive north on the motorway and spend the night in Kidderminster.

Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Kidderminster.
Meals: none

Thursday, March 12, 2020:
The Severn Valley Railways is certainly one of the most famous and largest museum railways on the island - and rightly so, because the variety of locomotives, the choice of passenger and freight cars, and of course the top motifs on the line make a visit absolutely worthwhile. We spend the whole day, including night shots, on the SVR and drive several train sets (freight and passengers), each covered with different steam locomotives!

Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Kidderminster.
Meals: none

Friday, March 13, 2020:
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWSR) was only a "gap-filler" on our last trip, as we were suddenly without a steam train due to the short-term cancellations of other museum railways. During our visit there, during the Bw tour, which was exclusively arranged for our group (normally the operation areas of the museum railways in Great Britain are taboo for visitors), we discovered the top-class 35006 ...

This express locomotive with axle arrangement 2D1 was built in 1941 and classified as "Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co" in the class "Rebuilt Merchant Navy". Like many other steam locomotives in Great Britain, it had only a short service life with British Rail and ended up at the famous Barry scrap yard. From there it was rescued and rebuilt 20 years later by dedicated railway enthusiasts. 

Since that time, the locomotive has been privately owned and is now at GWSR's home. So it is not a club owned locomotive, and 35006 is only moved through the GWSR a few days a year. Therefore it is a great honour for us that the locomotive will cover our stylish passenger train today! 

Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Oxford.
Meals: none

Saturday, March 14, 2020:
Yes, we do it again: our visit to the railway museum Didcot was one of the highlights for all participants of last year's trip: not only the wide gauge steam locomotives, but also the really worth seeing museum, as well as the night photo session with locomotives under steam, fog machines, and professional actors were tip-top.

For today's visit we want to add a shovel and arrange "more steam"!

Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Oxford.
Meals: none

Sunday, March 15, 2020:
In the morning we take our bus to Oxford station and change to the regular trains to London Paddington / London Heathrow. There the journey ends.

Meals: none

Please note that you can book this special train programme as a complete package with all transfers and overnight stays, but that you can also only decide to take part in the special trips and take care of the transfers/overnight stays yourself!

A daily participation is also possible on request.

Travel prices:
When booking special trains (without transfers, accommodation, meals):

900 Euro per person (for 20 participants).

When booking the complete programme (with transfers, accommodation in 1/2 double room, without meals, as stated in the programme):
1.990 Euro per person (based on 20 participants).

When booking, we first charge the price for 20 participants, since only a 20 % down payment is due at first, we can then charge the possibly lower price (for more than 25 participants) at the time of the balance payment (about 6 weeks before tour start).

Single room supplement for the whole trip: 480 Euro.

Our services (depending on the package booked):

  • steam-covered special train on the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company;
  • Steam-covered special train on the South Devon Railway;
  • Visit to the Didcot Railway Center;
  • Steam-covered special train on the Swanage Railway;
  • Steam-covered special train on the Midland Railway;
  • Steam-covered special train on the Severn Valley Railways;
  • Special steam-covered train on the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway;
  • All necessary transfers, accommodation in tourist class hotels;
  • Tour bus ride (if booked);
  • Meals as described;
  • All entrance and visit fees;
  • Expert and experienced Tanago tour guide (German + English speaking) plus local tour guide.

Tips, personal expenses, travel to and from the UK are not included in the tour price. 

Please book by 30 November 2019. We also offer this tour in a small group with a small group supplement if we do not reach the minimum number of 20 participants.

You are also welcome to travel on a daily basis, please contact us for details on this option.

Other information:
A valid identity document (passport or identity card) is required for entry into the UK.

We are happy to book suitable flights for you to our program, talk to us about the best flight options!