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The York Deviator

Saturday 9 October 2021

Today’s tour takes us to one of our favourite English cities, historic York. However, the interest starts well before we reach our final destination!

We depart from Kings Cross which has recently been significantly remodelled as part of Network Rail’s £1.2billion East Coast Upgrade. Additionally, capacity is being increased by building a new two-track railway line under the East Coast Main Line at Werrington, north of Peterborough. The new line is due to open in June 2021 and we expect our train to be one of the first charter services to use the Werrington Grade Separation. We then continue via the Sleaford Avoider & Gainsborough before reaching York.


Two thousand years and counting but York is one city that is ageing well. Discover a rich tapestry of ancient buildings, a great Gothic cathedral and a ribbon of Roman city walls sitting comfortably alongside stylish shops. a lively city centre and a burgeoning gastro scene. York has an incredible wealth of things to see and do, with the ancient walled centre offering more attractions per square mile than any other destination in the UK. As one of Europe’s largest pedestrian zones, you are never more than a short walk from one of York’s awe-inspiring sights or attractions, such as the iconic York Minster, the Jorvik Centre, the National Railway Museum, Castle Museum and Cliffords Tower.

With a mix of designer labels, high street names, independent shops and antique stores, York will satisfy even the most demanding shopper. Enjoy browsing at Shambles Market in the heart of York, next to Parliament Street, where over 85 stalls offer something for everyone.

A great way to see York and make the most of your time there is to use the York City Sightseeing open-top buses. There are many stops around the city, one of which is right outside the station.

On our return we take a more relaxed departure from York by way of Church Fenton, Ferrybridge and Knottingley to re-join the East Coast Mainline at Shaftholme Junction and our journey home.

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 and a four-course dinner. A buffet car or trolley service is available for those not dining.

Class Price Availability
Standard Adult£89.50Good
Standard Junior£79.50Good
First Class Non Dining £129.00Good
First Class Dining£189.00Good
First Class Dining Party of Four£736.00Good

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

StationDepart Arrive
London King's Cross08.1521.15
Potter's Bar (for M25)08.3520.55

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