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Steam in Great Britain

7. - 12. März 2019

Steam in Great Britain

We run photo trains on two of the best "big" railways in the UK: the Great Central Railway and the Severn Valley Railway. Freight and passenger trains in an absolutely stylish ambience!
Between the two "big trains" we added another day at the "Chasewater" and "Pontypool & Blaenavo Railways".  6 days "Very British Steam" with exclusive Tanago photo trains.          

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No. of participants Min. 15 - max. 30
Duration 7 days
Meals
Price from 1.100 €
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Your program:

March 6, 2019, Wednesday
Individual arrival in Great Britain. All the railways visited are located in the East Midlands - Birmingham area, both airports can be reached quickly and cheaply from the continent. If required we offer flight booking and transfer, please contact us for the best options!

March 7, 2019, Thursday
Meeting of all participants in the early morning at the Great Central Railway in Loughborough. Our star train of the day will be an authentic freight train from the Golden Steam Times of British Rail with the steam locomotive 6990 "Witherslack Hall" on the unique double track line. All trains on this trip run exclusively for us, there is (as things stand at present) no further traffic on the route and we will be able to take the best pictures with the help of experienced local photographers without interruption from regular operation.

As usual, there are night shots in the station.
Overnight stay in the East Midlands area.
Meals: -.

March 8, 2019, Friday
Also today we booked the GCR line completely for our special train, this time the Pacific locomotive 73156 running with a typical red-cream-coloured passenger train, as it was typical for the BR in the early 60s of the last century. Locomotive 73156 was granted only a short life in the service of British Rail: it was put into service in December 1956, decommissioned in November 1967, and transferred to the scrap yard of Barry in the course of 1968. There it rusted without a tender until 1988, before the English steam enthusiasts became aware of it and started to preserve it. But financial and organizational problems, as well as the necessity to build a completely new tender for the locomotive, delayed the re-commissioning until 2016!
All photographers ride on the train.
Overnight stay in the East Midlands area.
Meals: Breakfast (possibly packed).

March 9, 2019, Saturday + March 10, 2019, Sunday

All the "big" English museum railways run almost all year round, in the low season in March only on weekends. Therefore we have to switch to 2 smaller museum trains with steam operation in order not to get in the way of the normal tourist trains on the big trains. On the other hand, many smaller trains often have no personnel for our special trains outside the season. We are therefore very happy that the "Chasewater Railways" and the "Pontypool & Blaenavon Railways" welcome us!
The Chasewater Railway is at home on a former coal mine site, so the entire operation is very industrial with old brick buildings and typical English shunting locomotives: Saddle tank locomotives and small bar diesel engines characterize the picture.
We have already left Central England on the "Pontypool & Blaenavon Railways", which calls itself the "highest standard gauge railway in Wales"... here too, the remains of former coal mines dominate the picture - and "very British" are also the steam locomotives used!
Overnight stay in the East Midlands area.
Meals: Breakfast.

March 11, 2019, Monday
Today and tomorrow we are exclusive visitors on the Severn Valley Railway, one of the most outstanding railways in Great Britain. Everything here is perfect: from the condition of the steam locomotives to the design of the stations and the motivation of the staff!
Today we booked with a photo freight train consisting of the Great Western locomotive 2857 and several authentic freight cars on the entire line. 
Overnight stay in the Birmingham area.
Meals: Breakfast.

March 12, 2019, Tuesday
With the locomotive 34046 "Taw Valley" we haul a typical big British steam locomotive at our disposal, we cover again a typical BR-passenger train!
The event ends in the late afternoon. Optionally we offer again an overnight stay in the greater Birmingham area, departure would then be on Wednesday morning.

Please note that you can book this special train program as a complete package with all transfers and overnight stays, but you can also only decide to participate in the special trips and arrange transfers and overnight stays yourself!

A daily participation is also possible on request.

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

1.100 Euro per person (for 25 participants).
When booking the special trains (without transfers, accommodation, meals):
1.380 Euro per person
(for 20 participants).
When booking the special trains (without transfers, accommodation, meals):
1.530 Euro per person
(for 15 participants).

Surcharge when booking additional transfers, accommodation, meals: 700 Euro per person.

Single room supplement: 420 euros.

Our services (depending on the package booked):

  • 2 steam-hauled special trains on the Great Central Railway;
  • 2 steam-hauled special trains on the Severn Valley Railway;
  • Steam-hauled special trains on the "Chasewater Railways" and the "Pontypool & Blaenavon Railways";
  • 2x night shots (GCR, SVR);
  • All necessary transfers, accommodation in tourist class hotels, meals as described;
  • All entrance and visit fees;
  • Expert and experienced Tanago tour guide (German + English speaking) plus local guide. 

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

Please book until November 30, 2018 We also offer this trip in a small group with small group surcharge if we do not reach the minimum number of 15 participants. 

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

Please note that you can book this special train program as a complete package with all transfers and overnight stays, but you can also only decide to participate in the special trips and arrange transfers and overnight stays yourself!

A daily participation is also possible on request.

 

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!