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Steam in Great Britain

7. - 12. März 2019

Steam in Great Britain

We run 4 days of exclusive freight and passenger trains in an absolutely stylish ambience on two of the most impressive "big" railways in the UK: the Great Central Railway and the Severn Valley Railway.

Between the two "big trains" we have scheduled one day each at the famous steam locomotive museum in Didcot with 26 steam locomotives and a variety of diesel locomotives, and visit the GWSR, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. 6 days of "Very British Steam" with exclusive Tanago photo trains and lots of photo opportunities!

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No. of participants Min. 15 - max. 30
Duration 7 days
Meals -
Price from 1.100 €
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6 March 2019, Wednesday

Individual arrival in Great Britain. We meet at Birmingham airport at 14:00, from there we drive to our centrally located hotel in Loughborough. If required we offer flight booking and transfer, please contact us for the best travel arrangements !

7 March 2019, Thursday

On the Great Central Railway GCR today the steam locomotive 73156, a BR Standard 5, runs with a typical red-cream passenger train as it was typical for the BR in the early 60s of the last century. Locomotive 73156 was only a short life in the service of British Rail: in December 1956 it was put into service, already taken out of service in November 1967, and in the course of the year 1968 it was transferred to the scrap yard of Barry. There she rusted without a tender until 1988, before English steam locomotive enthusiasts became aware of her and reworked her step by step. But financial and organizational problems, as well as the necessity to build a completely new tender for the locomotive, delayed the recommissioning until 2016!

As usual for Tanago, all the photographers are on the train. We thus avoid wild car pursuits - and more importantly: we can get unhindered to the best photo spots, because not every landowner allows photographers on his premises. Other farmers, on the other hand, expect financial compensation so that we can walk across their meadows and fields.

In the evening, night shots are taken in the station.

Overnight stay in Loughborough, meals: Breakfast.

8 March 2019, Friday

Also today we have rented the GCR line completely for our special train, this time we drive a stylish freight train from the golden steam times of the British Rail with the steam locomotive 6990 "Witherslack Hall", which we will photograph and film on the double-track line. In order to get the best pictures, we have organized an additional "photographer train", with which participants can drive comfortably from one photo point to the next!

In the evening we drive to our next hotel in Gloucester.
Overnight stay in Gloucester, meals: Breakfast.

9 March 2019, Saturday
By train (2nd class) we let ourselves be driven this morning from the Great Western GWR to Didcot, a journey of about 1 hour. The "Didcot Railway Center" with 26 steam locomotives and many other exhibits is located directly at the station of Didcot. There at least one steam locomotive will be under steam, we stay until night shots, and take the train back to Gloucester in the evening.
Overnight in Gloucester, meals: Breakfast.

10 March 2019, Sunday

All the "big" English museum railways run almost all year round, in the low season in March only on weekends. In our original plans we therefore had 4 smaller trains in mind, which were to run exclusively on weekends for us photo trains. But unfortunately none of the railways was able to make statements about the number of staff and/or locomotives at the time of our visit. So today we visit the "Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway" (GWSR), which offers regular service with diesel and steam trains. Thanks to our local experts we are able to find the best places to take photos!
In the evening we drive back to Birmingham with our tour bus.

Overnight in Bewdley, meals: Breakfast.

Overnight stay in Loughborough, meals: Breakfast.

11 March 2019, Monday

Today and tomorrow we are exclusive visitors on the Severn Valley Railway, one of the most outstanding railways in Great Britain. Everything on this train is almost perfect: from the condition of the steam locomotives to the design of the stations and the motivation of the staff!

Today we drive with a photo freight train consisting of the Great Western locomotive 2857 and several authentic freight wagons on the whole route and have at the end of the day again night shots planned.

Overnight stay in Bewdley, meals: Breakfast.

12 March 2019, Tuesday

With the locomotive 34046 "Taw Valley", a Pacific, we have a very nice big British steam locomotive at our disposal, we again cover a typical BR passenger train!

The 26 km long stretch of the SVR mostly follows the course of the river "Severn", and offers with a tunnel, typical English form signals, various bridges, and many first-class photo points along the railway an impressive variety of motives.
The regular British Rail line from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster was shut down in 1963, since 1965 the Museumsbahnverein runs the line, and we wouldn't be in Great Britain if there weren't plans to extend it!
Our event ends in the late afternoon. Optionally we offer again an overnight stay in Bewdley, departure would then be on Wednesday morning from Birmingham.

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