november, 2019

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

Event Details


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.


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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