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Monday 30 December 2019

This marks the twentieth anniversary of our well-remembered ‘Time Lord’ railtour, a rather sobering thought – where did all that time go?

The ‘cold turkey’ days between Christmas and New Year have always been a popular time for ‘Forgotten Tracks’ Railtours, a reason to get out and about between the long weeks of excess prior to Christmas and the impending New Year festivities. This year, hard to believe, is the twentieth anniversary of the millennium celebrations. Where did all that time go?

Many will remember the ‘Time Lord’ tour we ran on ‘Millennium Eve-Eve’ in 1999, which paid a visit to the meridian town of Cleethorpes. The 2019 version is a ‘Forgotten Tracks’ railtour which revisits this interesting seaside town, but with a different itinerary.

‘Time Lord Plus Twenty’ departs from King’s Cross and the usual East Coast Main Line pick-ups. We then travel via Grantham, Newark, Lincoln, Market Rasen, Barnetby and Brocklesby Junction where we take the branch through Ulceby and New Holland to Barton-on-Humber, a most unusual destination for a loco-hauled train.

After reversal we travel via Habrough to Marsh West Junction. Some customers may recall that there were problems with the Immingham ‘tramway’ line which prevented its inclusion on an earlier tour. Network Rail has advised us that remedial works have now been completed, so we diverge via Pyewipe Road Junction, following the route of the much lamented Grimsby & Immingham Electric Railway. After a while we pass the extensive Immingham complex and rejoin our earlier route at Ulceby. From here we head to Grimsby and Cleethorpes for a break of around an hour and a half.

At Cleethorpes the station is, quite literally, on the sea front. Time to take a bracing seaside stroll, maybe calling in at one of the real ale venues for which the town is noted. Nearby is Cleethorpes Pier, recently named ‘Pier of the Year’ by the British Piers Society. Alternatively you can alight at Grimsby and explore there.

Our homeward journey is just as it was twenty years ago, via Scunthorpe, Stainforth, Applehurst Junction, Skellow Junction, Carcroft Junction, Doncaster and the East Coast Main Line.

Humber Bridge Option: Alight at Barton-on-Humber (short platform) and take a bus trip over the truly awesome Humber Bridge and back, then continuing to Cleethorpes for the break and the return journey. Passengers on this option will not travel over the Immingham line of course. This will not operate in high winds. Supplement: £5.00

All three classes of accommodation are available on this tour. We can assure dining guests that turkey will not feature on this occasion. Dining is available only from (and back to) King’s Cross, Potters Bar and Stevenage. 

Class Price Availability
Standard Adult£89.50Good
Standard Junior£79.50Good
First Class Non Dining£129Limited
First Class Dining£189Good
First Class Dining Party of Four£736Good
Humber Bridge Option£5Good

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

London King's Cross08.1521.15
Potters Bar (for M25)08.3520.55


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