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The Sulis and Sarum Express

Saturday 24 March 2018


Especially for our friends in the West Midlands we’re really delighted to announce another great tour featuring 60163 throughout, heading to the beautiful West Country cities of Bath and Salisbury.

The tour begins at the handy ‘park and ride’ railhead of Tame Bridge Parkway before calling also at Birmingham New Street, Bromsgrove, Worcester Shrub Hill and Cheltenham Spa. We then travel by way of Bristol Parkway, and Dr Day’s Junction to reach Bath, then onward via Westbury and Warminster to arrive at Salisbury.

The City of Bath will need little introduction of course, with Bath Spa station centrally located and handy for the Roman Baths Museum. See the Temple of Sulis Minerva and relics of life 2,000 years ago. Alongside is Bath Abbey, created by the Bishop of Bath and Wells between 1495 and 1503. Or take a stroll to the former Green Park station, closed half a century ago and now neatly preserved as a trendy venue for markets and cafes. If you alight at Bath you will have around five hours in which to explore.

Or stay on the train to Salisbury where the city is overlooked by the truly glorious cathedral. The streets abound with interesting shops, ranging from big High Street names to quirky boutiques and there are lots of options when it comes to finding somewhere to eat and drink. If you choose Salisbury your break will be around three hours.

Our journey back is via the same route which means that we will encounter the legendary Lickey Incline, at 1 in 37.7 the steepest sustained main line gradient in Britain. A banking locomotive will be provided for our heavy train, likely to be a Class 66.

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.

Tame Bridge Parkway08.1521.45
Birmingham New Street08.3021.30
Worcester Shrub Hill09.2020.15
Cheltenham Spa10.0019.30