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The Palatine

Saturday 24 August 2019

Again we follow our practice of recalling famous named trains of yesteryear, The Palatine was introduced by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway in 1938, linking London St Pancras with Manchester Central. The name was perpetuated by British Railways, lasting until 1964.

Our route is via the West Coast Main Line from London to Crewe with diesel or electric motive power. Here you have the opportunity to step off the train while we change engines.

From here our train will be hauled by one of the superbly restored main line steam locos in the Locomotive Services Limited fleet, likely to be 70000 ‘Britannia’, 34046 ‘Braunton’ or 46100 ‘Royal Scot’. Our magnificent circular tour behind steam will feature fast running on the West Coast Main Line, taxing climbs from deep valleys to Pennine summits and ever-changing vistas of wild moorland and great northern towns and cities.

Fast running will be the order of the day as we head north from Crewe, passing through Warrington and Wigan. At Farington Junction, just south of Preston, we veer right and our climb begins. We pass through the former mill town of Blackburn and we slow to pass high above the rooftops of Accrington.

At Rose Grove, just outside Burnley, we join the Copy Pit line and the sounds of the engine will be echoing back from the hillsides as we climb relentlessly to the summit, 749 feet above sea level. Passing from Lancashire into Yorkshire we wind our way down past Victorian textile mills and round a new connecting line that takes us past Todmorden.

A further climb ensues, bringing us to Summit Tunnel and from here we descend through the Calder Valley beside the Rochdale Canal. We enter the Manchester conurbation where the solid buildings of the city’s industrial past contrast with the dynamic modern skyline. We are now heading across Chat Moss and at Winwick Junction, north of Warrington, we rejoin our outward route, the West Coast Main Line, for a final sprint back to Crewe.

As well as the loco changes at Crewe both ways, there should be a further opportunity to step off the train at some point during the steam section of the tour.

First Class Dining includes the Great British Breakfast, morning coffee and a four course dinner. Dining is not available from or back to Crewe.

Standard Adult£109.00Good
Standard Junior£99.00Good
First Non-Dining£154.00Good
First Dining£239.00Good
First Dining Party of Four£936.00Good

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

London Euston07.4521.45
Watford Junction (for M25)08.1021.20
Milton Keynes Central08.5020.50

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