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The Mad Hatter

Wednesday 1 August 2018

UPDATE: This tour is virtually full. Please call the office to book the last few seats or to join the waiting list.

Tornado’s tenth anniversary train will take passengers from Darlington, where the locomotive steamed out of the Works for the first time in 2008, to the beautiful city of Chester. Be a part of Tornado’s history by joining the historic celebrations on ‘The Mad Hatter’. This railtour will take passengers through stunning rolling countryside to the ancient roman city. The train name reflects the Alice in Wonderland author’s connection to both Cheshire, where Lewis Carroll was born, and the North East, where he lived for part of his childhood. That, and the fact that one must be a little bonkers to undertake the building of a steam locomotive – let alone do it twice!* Picking up passengers at both Darlington stations, York and Wakefield Kirkgate, the outward journey will take a spectacular route via Copy pit and Blackburn, before returning via the splendid scenery of the Hope Valley through the Peak District.

Passengers can enjoy over three hours in Chester, which provides ample time to explore the compact city centre, famed for its beautiful half-timber rowed shopping arcade. Famed as a walled city, Chester has many venues of historic interest: from the Roman amphitheatre to Chester Castle. In the summer, visitors to Chester can take time for a stroll and an ice-cream by the river Dee, while the more adventurous may wish to hire a rowing boat and take in another view of the city.

This tour will be diesel hauled from York to Darlington on the return journey.

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.

Darlington North Road08.3022.15
Darlington Bank Top08.4022.00
Wakefield Kirkgate10.1020.15