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The Amber Valley Venturer

Saturday 4 May 2019


Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Midland Railway Trust’s neatly preserved line is always worth a visit. This interesting standard gauge line runs from Codnor Park Junction on the Erewash Valley Line to Swanwick Junction, then on through Butterley and across a notable reservoir causeway to reach its terminus at Hammersmith.

The tour departs from London Victoria, running via Battersea Bridge, Willesden Junction, Gospel Oak and the Harringay Curve where we join the East Coast Main Line. We head north to Peterborough then divert to pass through Oakham, Syston North, Loughborough, the Toton High Level Goods Line and Toton. At Codnor Park we take the little-used connection on to the Midland Railway Centre’s line.

A specially enhanced train service will be in operation, featuring both steam and preserved diesel motive power. A special feature will be the railway’s steam-hauled vintage train (pictured above). At Swanwick Junction the 2ft gauge Golden Valley Railway will be operating too and your tour ticket will cover all journeys and admissions during the time we are there, which will be around three and a half hours. There are ample refreshment facilities on the railway. The exact pattern of operation on the day is yet to be confirmed.

Taking advantage of the long daylight hours of May, we take a longer route home, via Nottingham and Newark Castle. We have a fine view of Lincoln Cathedral as we join the GN/GE Joint Line for the run south via the Sleaford Avoiding Line, rejoining our outward route at Werrington Junction. Having called at Finsbury Park we reach the North London Line via the Kings Cross Incline and return to Victoria.

This train will be operated by GB Railfreight and will be topped and tailed by a pair of their Class 66 locomotives.


Station DepartArrive
London Victoria07.47 CONFIRMED22.27 CONFIRMED
Kensington Olympia08.08 CONFIRMED22.03 CONFIRMED
Finsbury Parkn/a21.07 CONFIRMED
Alexandra Palace08.56 CONFIRMEDn/a
Potters Bar (for M25)09.11 CONFIRMED20.48 CONFIRMED
Stevenage09.36 CONFIRMED20.29 CONFIRMED
Peterborough10.35 CONFIRMED19.34 CONFIRMED

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