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02julAll DayThe Chopper Topper ReturnsA freight line tour around the West Midlands - Featuring Class 20 power! Joining Stations: Burton-on-Trent, Coleshill Parkway, Barnt Green, Worcestershire Parkway, Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa, Birmingham New Street

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SATURDAY, 2 JULY 2022

A FREIGHT LINE TOUR AROUND THE WEST MIDLANDS – FEATURING CLASS 20 POWER! 

In response to a number of requests for specific sections of track in the West Midlands that have not been visited recently, we are very pleased to be able to offer this railtour that includes visits to Hams Hall Reception Line and to Donnington Railfreight Terminal in Shropshire. In addition to a number of Goods Loops and requested specific lines, the route also features traversal of the Oxley Chord, the hard climb over Cannock and ascent of the Lickey Incline. Add in an hour’s break at Shrewsbury whilst the carriages are serviced, haulage by Class 20 power throughout (courtesy of loco owner Michael Owen and SLC Rail), and we think that this limited load train will prove very popular. 

CONFIRMED ROUTING:
As the joining and set-down points and via the following specific sections of track:
Bromford Bridge – Washwood Heath Jn via Up & Down Slow – Down & Up Goods – Down Goods to Landor Street Jn – Down Bromsgrove Slow – Gloucester (Reverse) /… via No.1 Spur – Up Goods Loop – Cheltenham High Street Goods Loop – Up Eckington Goods Loop – Up Spetchley Goods Loop – Kings Norton Up Arrival & Departure – Kings Norton Platform 4 – Lifford West Jn – Birmingham New Street Plat 9 – Up Stour to Grand Jn – Up Derby – Coleshill Parkway – Hams Hall Departure / Run-round Line – Whitacre Down Arley Loop (Reverse) – Hams Hall East / West Arrival Line – Down Whitacre – Sutton Park – Up Walsall Fast – Wolverhampton – Oxley Down Goods Loop – Wellington (Reverse) – Donnington RFT – Shrewsbury (break 1540-1645 / Reverse) – Wellington Up Main – Oxley Chord – Stafford (Reverse) – Rickerscote Up Slow – Penkridge – Darlaston Jn – Bescot Up Goods Loop – Birmingham New Street (SD) – Droitwich Up Goods Loop – Gloucester area* (Reverse). * Point of reversal to be confirmed.
There will be an additional set-down at Birmingham New Street on the return from Gloucester to Burton-on-Trent.

Top / Tail Class 20s throughout, except awaiting confirmation of the evening Gloucester – Burton-on-Trent 4 x Class 20!

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First Class£185£145£720BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED

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Table for Two seats are available at a supplement of £40 per person in First Class only

Onboard catering will include a full buffet service with the Gricers Grill hot food menu, plus a selection of real ales & cider.

A sales stand will also be open, and a charity raffle will be organised.

Photograph: Jack Boskett 

 

23julAll DayThe Hadrian HooversRe-dated from 2 April 2022: Travel behind English Electric Class 50s to the East Coast and down the Settle and Carlisle Railway. Joining Stations: Tame Bridge Parkway, Birmingham New Street, Tamworth, Burton-on-Trent, Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield and York*

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SATURDAY, 23 JULY 2022

Re-dated from 2 April 2022

TAKE A CIRCULAR TRIP AROUND THE NORTH OF ENGLAND, UP THE DURHAM COAST
AND OVER THE ICONIC SETTLE AND CARLISLE LINE 

It is with great pleasure that Pathfinder Railtours presents this wonderful day out on an exceptionally scenic excursion to Carlisle via York, along the stunning Durham Coast and the Tyne Valley

We are expecting an afternoon break of around two hours at/in Carlisle, where a look around will be on offer before we make our descent along the famous Settle and Carlisle Railway and traverse the magnificently historic 24 arched Ribblehead Viaduct

The locomotives, courtesy of the Class Fifty Alliance, are expected to head the train throughout, hauling British Railways 1950s Mark 1 carriages.

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First Class£179£139£696Book Now
*Premier Dining£299£259£1176Book Now

Table for Two seats are available at a supplement of £40 per person in Premier Dining and First Class.
*Premier dining is not available from York.

Photo: Phoenix Images

 

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

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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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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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Here we have the Christmas White Rose Express pulling into Cheltenham Spa back in December 2021. This festive rail excursion celebrating 30 years of The Fifty Fund travelled from Cardiff to York, Durham, and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
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