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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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23novAll DayThe Marches & Severn Express - Steam HauledA steam hauled festive excursion to Ludlow & Shrewsbury. Joining Stations: Eastleigh, Basingstoke, Reading West, Didcot Parkway, Swinndon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse & Gloucester.

No 60163 Tornado, Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre & Shrewsbury

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Running from Hants, Berks, Wilts and Gloucestershire stations we will be featuring steam haulage, expected to be LNER designed A1 Pacific No. 60163 ‘Tornado’ (subject to the loco passing all the requisite tests and no untoward events!) from Gloucester, along the Severn estuary and through the Welsh Border and Marches Line countryside to our two destinations:

LUDLOW(1305 – 1655) –  A thriving medieval market town with an historic centre and an 11th Century castle located above the River Teme. The town has a reputation for the quality of its food and drink with many excellent restaurants and cafes. The popular LUDLOW MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS FAYRE will be taking place in castle grounds with a full programme of colourful events.

SHREWSBURY(1345 – 1610) – the county town of Shropshire; birthplace of Charles Darwin and home to a castle too. The town centre is set in a loop of the Rivern Severn and has many interesting and historic buildings, together with lots of shopping opportunities. The Shrewsbury Festival of Literature will be taking place with International authors, award-winning poets and leading writers descending on venues across Shrewsbury to perform, give talks and lead workshops and other literary happenings.

FaresAdultJuniorParty of 4Availability
Standard Class£125£65£480Book Now
First Class£179£139£698Book Now
First Class Plus£199£159£776Book Now
Premier Dining£289£249£1136Book Now

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

Premier Dining will feature a festive menu.


CONFIRMED TIMINGS

The festively decorated train with Mark I carriages will be diesel hauled Eastleigh to Gloucester and back, with steam haulage by No. 60163 ‘Tornado’ planned from Gloucester to Shrewsbury and back, subject to the loco passing all the necessary tests.

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30novAll DayThe Festive York & Durham ExplorerGet into the Christmas spirit with this day out aboard our festively decorated train to enjoy the seasonal markets and attractions at York, Durham or Newcastle. Joining Stations: Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, Cam & Dursley, Cheltenham Spa, Worcester Shrub Hill, Droitwich Spa, Stourbridge Junction & Birmingham New Street

The Festive York & Durham Explorer

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SATURDAY

‘All aboard’ as we travel northwards across the midlands and South Yorkshire to arrive into North Yorkshire and your choice of interesting destination:

OPTION A – YORK(1200 – 1800) –  As well as all the attractions that York is famous for – The National Railway Museum, The Minster, City Walls, Shambles, National Fish & Chip Museum and much more – the ever popular St Nicholas Christmas Fair will be in full swing with over 100 colourful stalls and entertainment offering an array of hand crafted and traditional gifts.

OPTION B – DURHAM(1300 – 1700) – Famous for its World Heritage status, with a Cathedral and Castle set above the River Wear. This is also the day of the Durham’s Traditional Christmas Festival, with many, many stalls set around sites in this compact city, including the Cathedral cloisters. There is also the street entertainment to enjoy!

OPTION C – NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE(1320 – 1640) – This famous city sits on the River Tyne, with the station centrally positioned to provide easy access. The Metro system will aid your exploration of the area, where you will find a wide selection of shops, eateries and a smaller number of festive stalls.

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Standard Class£99£50£376Book Now
First Class£159£119£616Book Now
First Class Plus£179£139£696Book Now
Premier Dining£259£219£1016Book Now

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

Premier Dining will feature a festive menu.


ESTIMATED TIMINGS

The festively decorated train will be mainly hauled by 2 Class 50s, with a GBRF Class 66 from Worcester to Bristol on the homeward journey.

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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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