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The Tinsley Tugger

Saturday 14 August 2021

This tour is now fully booked, please ring the office to be added to the waiting list.

We are delighted to offer our customers this classic Forgotten Tracks trip to industrial South Yorkshire.  With the long daylight hours afforded by early summer, we have taken the opportunity to cover a myriad of non-passenger lines in the area.

We start the day by racing along the East Coast Main Line behind a diesel locomotive designed for 125mph running.  In the sizeable marshalling yards south of Doncaster our exploration of the non-passenger network begins in earnest but first we must swap our traction and so powerful freight locomotives, designed for strength rather than speed, will take over the reins.  Avoiding Doncaster station by using the freight only curve we will then head towards Sheffield and the once extremely impressive Tinsley Yard.  We will cover both the North and South access curves here and we hope to run over one piece of very rare track if time and the operational conditions on the day allow it.  After Tinsley we make our way over the border into Derbyshire and on to Chesterfield, of twisted spire fame, for a late lunch time leg-stretch break of around an hour.  Once back on-board we return to South Yorkshire and complete what we believe is the first passenger train visit to Rotherham Steel Terminal.

Following a very detailed and sure to be fascinating exploration of numerous non-passenger lines, we head south passing through the huge Toton Yard complex before commencing a lovely early summer’s evening run through rural Lincolnshire before arriving back in the Doncaster area.  Here our freight locomotives will hand the reins back to an express passenger example, ready to return us home at high speed under fading light.

Our route is expected to be:

Finsbury Park p/u – Stevenage p/u – Peterborough p/u – Newark North Gate p/u – Doncaster Decoy Down side – Bridge Street Curve – Hexthorpe Goods – Mexborough – Roundwood Chord – Rotherham Central – Tinsley Yard (rev) – Woodburn Junction (rev) – Beighton Junction – Chesterfield (break) – Beighton Junction – Rotherham Steel Terminal (rev) – Beighton Junction – Chesterfield – Toton Yard – Nottingham – Newark Castle – Lincoln – Doncaster Decoy Up side (rev) – Newark North Gate s/d – Peterborough s/d – Stevenage s/d – Finsbury Park s/d

A number of Goods Loops are expected to be covered during the day.

The traction for this special charter train is also of interest because we expect to use all three of the different classes of diesel locomotive in the DB Cargo fleet:  A Class 67 on the high speed ECML sections, a Class 60 as the main tour locomotive and a Class 66 to aid with the reversals.

Please be aware that for your safety and that of all staff and crew, this railtour will operate in line with government guidelines as they stand at the time of running. This could include, among other measures, the wearing of face coverings at all times (while not eating or drinking) when on board the train, at stations, on road coaches and at off train locations where applicable. Full details of required covid-safe measures will be provided with your tickets approximately two weeks before the trip runs.

First Class Dining includes the Great British Breakfast, light lunch and a four-course dinner.

A buffet car is available for those not dining.

London Finsbury Park07.0022.00
Newark Northgate09.0019.45

Timings are provisional and should only be used as a guide.

Class PriceAvailability
First Class Dining£199.50Fully Booked
First Class Dining Party of Four£778.00Fully Booked
First Class Non Dining£139.50Fully Booked
Standard Adult£99.50Fully Booked
Standard Junior£89.50Fully Booked