HERITAGE rail operator The Railway Touring Company is to run 77 steam trains during the six months from April to September, with 17 historic locomotives lined up to offer travellers the nostalgia of the golden age of steam.
Scenic and challenging rail routes featured include the Settle & Carlisle Railway, which this year celebrates 25 years since being saved from closure in 1989. Climbs into the Welsh Mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog and sortees along the Heart of Wales line to Llandrindod Wells offer hardly less stunning rail journeys.
Magnificent Giants of Steam to be put to work hauling The Railway Touring Company's vintage trains include the 1927-built No. 46115 Scots Guardsman, star of the classic 1936 GPO documentary, Night Mail. The A4 Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa, seen at the National Railway Museum last year, is also to be in service on several dates.
Trains will depart from across England, Wales and Scotland, with destinations including Pembroke Dock, Bangor, Holyhead, Carmarthen, Fishguard Harbour, Paignton, Edinburgh, York, Chester and Minehead.
For a full listing of UK day trip and rail tours, go to www.railwaytouring.net
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