june, 2021

05junAll DayThe Galloway FiftiesNEW DATE - Travel behind English Electric Class 50s to Stranraer. Joining Stations: Tame Bridge Parkway, Birmingham New Street, Stafford, Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Preston & Carlisle

Photo by Martin Loader - The Honda Wanderer

Event Details


It is with much pleasure that Pathfinder presents this full day railcruise to the south west of Scotland, featuring a scenic route that is often ignored due to its extremity. We also return English Electric Type 4s to an erstwhile destination from some 50 years ago – Stranraer here we come!

A range of West Coast Main Line (WCML) pick ups will allow our locos to reel off the miles to Carlisle, including over Shap. Beyond Carlisle we take ex- G & S.W.R. metals north via Dumfries and Kilmarnock, then turn 180 degrees to journey to the coast, Troon and onto Ayr. Then its towards Galloway, and over the undulating and twisting line that threads through the high hills before arrival at the end of the line, into the old Irish packet port of Stranraer.

We cannot dwell here too long due to  line capacity issues so, after photos, we re-trace this interesting route north back to Ayr / Newton-on-Ayr for a short afternoon break, before running over the Annbank freight line to Mauchline and south via Dumfries to Carlisle. It then remains for a fast setting down return along the  WCML to the Birmingham area to conclude this unusual day out.

FaresAdultJuniorParty of 4Availability
Standard Class£119£60£456Book Now
First Class£169£129£656Book Now
First Class Plus£189£149£736Book 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.


Motive power is expected to be a pair of class 50 diesel locomotives, courtesy of the Class Fifty Alliance.

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