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We pride ourselves upon the standard of the days out we organise. We put a lot of thought and effort into every detail of your time with us and like to think that we achieve a high standard for our passengers.

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!

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27mayAll DayThe Jolly FishermanA recreation of a Good Old Merrymaker Excursion from British Rail days to Skegness on Bank Holiday Monday!

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BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

Our route is via Nottingham and Sleaford, giving a varied journey across the expanse of Lincolnshire and offering the chance to enjoy either:

Option A: Boston (1240 – 1620) set in the heart of Lincolnshire’s dramatic Fenland, is immersed in history. The Market Place houses the Guildhall Museum and hosts the Saturday market. There is also the Bubble Car Museum, St Botolph’s Church (known as The Stump), and many places to shop, eat or drink; or

Option B: Alight at Wainfleet (1320 – 1545) for a visit to the fame Bateman’s Brewer; or

Option C: Skegness (1330 – 1535) home of the original Butlins holiday camp and a bracing traditional seaside resort with its gardens, promenade, Blue Flag sandy beach and pier; it also has an Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary. Don’t forget the fish and chips!

Jolly Fisherman originally drawn by John Hassall. Visit Lancashe

Jolly Fisherman originally drawn by John Hassall

Why the Jolly Fisherman? A poster was commissioned by the Great Northern Railway to encourage visitors to take a seaside break to Skegness. John Hassall drew the original Jolly Fisherman Poster in 1908. The slogan “Skegness is so bracing” formed part of the poster and is as famous as Jolly himself.

‘Table for Two’ seats are available at a supplement of £35 per person in First Class, First Class Plus and Premier Dining.


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* Premier Dining is not available from Derby.


Motive power will be a GBRF Class 66 to (and home from) Derby and then Class 20s onto Skegness and back. Class 20s were the staple motive power on Skegness bound trains for many a year.

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Pathfinder Tours prides itself as one of the nation’s leading names in UK rail travel by special train.

WHY CHOOSE PATHFINDER TOURS TO TRAVEL WITH?

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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