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The Powerful Pieman Panorama

Saturday 14 May 2022

The second train in our Powerful Panorama series heads to rural Lincolnshire and Rutland; England’s smallest and arguably prettiest county.

After our pick-up stations along the Midland Mainline our first port of call is the largest Motive Power Depot in the United Kingdom; Toton.  There is sure to be many locomotives on view whilst we stop to attach a powerful pilot engine before we continue north.

Heading from Nottinghamshire to South Yorkshire, railway interest is maintained as we avoid Doncaster station and enter the complex of busy freight yards that lie to the south of the city.  On completion of our transit, railway infrastructure gives way to the rolling countryside of rural Lincolnshire.  Historic market towns and villages sail by until we are able to view Lincoln Cathedral which was said to be the tallest building in the world upon the completion of its magnificent 520ft central spire in 1311.

We use the rare Lincoln avoiding curve to change our heading from south-east to south-west and follow in Robin Hood’s footsteps, making for Nottingham to enjoy our late afternoon break whilst our train is serviced.  The city has many bars and a thriving independent shopping scene which bustles obliviously above a network of over 800 sandstone caves that were carved out in the Dark Ages.

After an enjoyable break we re-join our special carriages to head south but the long daylight hours mean there is so much more yet to see and enjoy on our journey home.  We are routed via Melton Mowbray of pork pie fame, where only pies made within a designated 11 square mile zone around the town are allowed to carry the Melton Mowbray name, before we reach the highlight that is the Harringworth Viaduct.  The viaduct crosses the valley of the River Welland between Harringworth in Northamptonshire and Seaton in Rutland, stretching for 1,275 yards over 82 arches and consisting of 30 million bricks. The word impressive hardly does it justice!

We have requested Goods Line Authority to run on non-passenger metals at the following locations: Acton, Wellingborough, Leicester, Toton and Doncaster.  An on the day bonus or two may also be provided!

After what we are sure will have been a superb tour, we complete our circuit at Kettering and head back down the Midland Mainline towards home.

There will be no pay on the day or part fares available on this tour. All non-passenger lines are subject to operational considerations.

First Class Dining includes The Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner. A buffet car is available.

Please note First Class Dining is not available from or back to Bedford or East Midlands Parkway.

ClassPrice Availability
Standard Class Adult£109Good
Standard Class Junior£99Good
First Class Non-Dining£149Good
First Class Dining£239Good
First Class Dining Party of Four£936Good

All timings are provisional and are intended only as a guide.

StationDepart Arrive
Ealing Broadway07.4521.50
St Albans City08.4021.05
East Midlands Parkway11.0018.15

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