Bank Holiday Monday 28 August 2017
Many of you have asked for a tour to East Anglia featuring 60163 Tornado. Here it is, a good old-fashioned Bank Holiday Monday trip to the seaside, recalling a fondly remembered named train of the 1950s.
We leave London King’s Cross at a civilised time with our customary pick-up stops at Potters Bar (useful for the M25, with excellent parking) and Stevenage where there is also a large station carpark. Our route is via Royston to Cambridge where we pause briefly for water, continuing past Ely Cathedral and into the wide open spaces of Norfolk.
Having passed the often-mispronounced Wymondham we cross the River Wensum on the approach to Norwich but avoid Thorpe station by means of the little-used Wensum Curve. Then it’s on through the distinctive Broads countryside, taking the single line via Acle to arrive at bustling Great Yarmouth around lunchtime.
Yarmouth once boasted a number of railway stations but these days there is just one. The popular seaside town has long sandy beaches, a fine array of shops, public gardens as well as places to eat and drink.
You will have over three hours to relax and enjoy the bracing East Coast sea breezes while Tornado returns to Norwich to be turned and serviced ready for our return journey. To add variety we will depart from Yarmouth via remote Berney Arms and the junction at Reedham. We once again traverse the Wensum Curve and retrace our outward route via Thetford and Ely. An excellent day out with steam all the way.
We expect demand for Tornado’s eagerly awaited foray into East Anglia to be considerable so we suggest early application!
This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. All profits will go towards keeping Tornado on the main line in future years.
All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.
|London King's Cross||09.15||20.45|
|Potters Bar (for M25)||09.35||20.25|