Alycidon passes Ashchurch in the summer sunshine. Jack Boskett.

Welcome Aboard

Pathfinder Tours prides itself as one of the nation’s leading names in UK rail travel by special train. We organise up to 40 day excursions every year, as well as a number of weekend trips, travelling to many interesting destinations and events. Some customers just love to travel in our comfortable carriages; others have a real passion for the locomotives, steam or diesel. Many travel with us time and time again - we’d love to welcome you on board too!


Travelling with Mobility Equipment


We are happy to welcome aboard customers who have mobility equipment that requires storing on the train. As storage space is limited, the equipment must be foldable or demountable. We recommend lightweight equipment be brought to facilitate this. Please note that we do not carry any equipment for loan purposes on the trains - please bring along that which will make your day out manageable.


Often, we only have very limited stopping time at the stations - usually 2 to 3 minutes. Stewards are there to welcome all passengers onto the train and may not have the time to assist every individual who has equipment to manoeuvre. Travelling with a companion who can help you on and off the train would be beneficial.


Book With Confidence!

To operate our main line excursions Pathfinder Tours uses these professional train operating companies (TOC's)...

  • DB Cargo (DB)
  • Direct Rail Services (DRS)
  • GB Railfreight (GBRf)

... each of which is owned by a respected national or international parent company.


Bookings can be made with us in the knowledge that each excursion is run with your safety and welfare as the absolute priority.


Why choose Pathfinder Tours for your next day out?

  • A full day out to destinations and events throughout the UK in traditional comfort and style
  • A warm, friendly welcome from our stewards, looking after you throughout your day
  • Reserved table seating for everyone with great views guaranteed
  • See the UK from a different angle, with no driving, no motorways, no hassle
  • First Class Plus and Premier Dining options for that special celebration or just to treat yourself
  • Separate specialist rail tours available to share our passion for trains and classic routes


We hope that you enjoy browsing this website and look forward to welcoming you aboard one of our many excursions in the near future.



Our Videos

Please have a look at our videos which will give you a flavour of the different types of excursions that we offer:


~ Four day rail-cruises to Scotland;


~ Steam hauled day excursions; and


~ Diesel hauled day excursions.


We hope you enjoy watching them. 


Videos produced by Mark Davies of SeeLearn.