september, 2021

11sepAll 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


Passengers have been advised of the new date either by email or letter.

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 Annbank to Newton-on-Ayr to reverse – This is Burns country!

Then onwards into 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  for a leg stretch, before running via Treen and Kilmarnock to the south and 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£656SOLD OUT
First Class Plus£189£149£736SOLD OUT
Premier Dining£289£249£1136SOLD OUT

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


Motive power is expected to be a pair of class 50 diesel locomotives, courtesy of the  Class Fifty Alliance hauling Mark I carriages

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