Excursion Details

The Welsh Central Liner

17/06/2017

Image courtesy of Mark Thomas and Anon.

Saturday 17th June, 2017

 

A CIRCULAR ROUTED EXCURSION TAKING IN THE TIMELESS AND UNDULATING HEART OF WALES LINE. A CLASSIC DAY OUT!

 

Almost 150 years ago, and after over thirty years in the making, a rail route was finally completed from Craven Arms in Shropshire through to Swansea, and so was born the Central Wales line. For the first time passengers had the opportunity to explore the Heart of Wales on a rail route whose almost unchanged stations and halts still serve just a few small towns and many isolated communities. Add that to an area whose scenery has scarcely changed in one and a half centuries and it is no wonder it is also known as the 'Line that Time Forgets'.

 

Here is your opportunity to travel over this amazing line, on a through train from Burton-on-Trent, West Midlands and Severnside stations. More than that, during the long daylight hours of June, the route takes in many more scenic delights, like the run from Gloucester down the Severn Estuary to Chepstow, at times right at the water's edge.

 

The westward journey from Cardiff to the Swansea area also has its attractions whilst, after a late afternoon break at Shrewsbury, we now return south through the West Midlands to Gloucester before reversing and terminating back in the Midlands at Burton-on-Trent.

 

To add to the interest of this scenic day out, the train of mark one carriages will now be hauled by preserved 'Deltic' class 55 diesel 'Alycidon' throughout, courtesy of owners The Deltic Preservation Society, ably standing in for D1015 'Western Champion' whilst it is out of traffic.

 

 

Estimated Timings    
Joining Stations

Depart

Return

Burton-on-Trent 0630 2320
Tamworth High Level 0650 2300
Coleshill Parkway 0705 2245
Birmingham New St. 0730 2220
Bromsgrove
0800 2150
Worcester Shrub Hill 0840 2110
Cheltenham Spa
0910 2040
Gloucester
0920 2030
Chepstow * 0950 2115

 

* Premier Dining is not available from Chepstow. In the evening it is now a road coach connection from Gloucester back to Chepstow.

 

 

Fares
Adult Junior Party of 4
Standard Class £95.00 £47.00
£360.00

First Class

£139.00 £109.00 £536.00
First Class Plus £155.00 £125.00 £600.00
Premier Dining £239.00 £209.00 £936.00

 

Private 'Table for Two' seats are available at a supplement of £28 per person in First Class, First Class Plus and Premier Dining.

 

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