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The Talisman

Saturday 15 September 2018

LATEST NEWS: It is now unlikely that repairs to 60163 'Tornado' will be completed in time. We are delighted to announce that, in this eventuality, the steam locomotive will be streamlined Gresley A4 Pacific 60009 'Union of South Africa'. So it's A4 Number 9 and Deltic Number 9!

Recalling a popular East Coast express train name, ‘The Talisman’ offers a wonderful day of heritage rail travel, enabling you to enjoy two generations of bygone ECML motive power.

The outward journey is steam hauled down the East Coast Main Line, with 60163 Tornado in charge from London to Durham and Newcastle. The return journey will be hauled by the beautifully preserved Deltic locomotive D9009 Alycidon, running at speeds of up to 100mph on the way home to the capital.


Passengers travelling to the beautiful city of Durham can visit the castle and cathedral which were used as a location in the filming of the Harry Potter movies, or else enjoy time by the River Wear. An off train coach tour to Beamish is an option from Durham. Those travelling on to metropolitan Newcastle have the chance to explore the amazing regenerated waterfront with its famous views of the bridges and many shops, bars and restaurants.


A coach transfer to visit Darlington Locomotive Works is available from Durham, where passengers can view the progress of the P2 Class No.2007 Prince of Wales new build project.

BEAMISH – Make your day full of nostalgia by booking your off train excursion to Beamish. Experience a real sense of your past, and discover what life was like in North East England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. Beamish is an award winning living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Costumed folk bring to life the Town, Pit Village, Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall. Experience how the Industrial Revolution transformed agricultural life in the region. The buildings you see at Beamish have been brought, brick by brick, from around the region and rebuilt to give visitors a real sense of history. You will have around two and a half hours to explore.

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 Cross08.0022.10
Potter's Bar08.3021.40