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The Talisman

Saturday 6 May 2017

header2-300x129Recalling one of the most famous named trains of the East Coast Main Line, and one which often featured a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific in British Railways days, ‘The Talisman’ will enable you to travel to York or Darlington with steam from Doncaster and then, after a break, all the way back to the bufferstops at King’s Cross.

talismanA Class 90 electric loco will hasten our train north to Doncaster, spiritual home of the LNER Pacifics, where No. 60163 will be ready and waiting. Our steam journey takes us to York, where you can alight for a break of some four and a half hours to spend time exploring the National Railway Museum, the Minster and everything else that this wonderful city has in store for the visitor.

Alternatively stay on board to Darlington, the town that brought railways to Britain and indeed to the world. Here you can take a three hour break, or jump aboard special buses that will transport you across the town to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s Darlington Locomotive Works where Tornado was erected. Here you will be able to view progress on the groundbreaking Gresley class P2 Mikado steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales. By this time construction will have reached a very exciting stage and members of the team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
The climax of the day will be a run from Darlington and York to London, steamhauled by Tornado throughout, including the descent of Stoke Bank where Sir Nigel Gresley’s class A4 Pacific No. 4468 Mallard made her epic 126mph dash into the history books in 1938.

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.


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