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The Mad Hatter

Saturday 11 May 2019

On this picturesque day trip, the train will take passengers from Darlington and Yorkshire to the beautiful Roman city of Chester. The train name reflects the Alice in Wonderland author’s connection to both Cheshire, where Lewis Carroll was born, and the North East, where he lived for part of his childhood. That, and the fact that one must be a little bonkers to undertake the building of a steam locomotive – let alone do it twice!

Picking up passengers at both Darlington stations, York and Wakefield Kirkgate, the outward journey will take a spectacular route via Copy Pit and Blackburn, before heading south via Warrington and over the Manchester Ship Canal and onto Chester. After a break in Chester we take one of England’s most scenic routes threading through the splendid scenery of the Hope Valley and the Peak District.

Passengers can enjoy over three hours in Chester, which provides ample time to explore the compact city centre, known for its beautiful half-timber rowed shopping arcade. Famed as a walled city, Chester has many venues of historic interest: from the Roman amphitheatre to Chester Castle, the Cathedral and the River Dee.

This tour will be diesel hauled from York to Darlington on the return journey.

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.

Darlington North Road08.3022.15
Darlington Bank Top08.4022.00
Wakefield Kirkgate10.1020.15