The Salopian Express
Featuring steam haulage from Crewe
Dumfries to Shrewsbury
Departs – Wednesday 22 March 2017
From Dumfries, Annan, Gretna, Carlisle, Penrith, Oxenholme, Lancaster, Preston & Wigan.
We are whisked from our more northerly pickups to Crewe by vintage diesel power in beautifully restored comfortable mkI carriages. We then depart mid-morning with a further stop at Wigan behind a beautifully restored steam locomotive (for a lengthy round trip of nearly a few hundred miles) with the outward journey to Shrewsbury being via Chester, Wrexham, Ruabon and Gobowen. The return sees us steam hauled all the way back north to Crewe once again, where we bid farewell to steam and remaining set down stations are served by our vintage diesel power.
In the event of fire risk, FBU action or the unlikely failure of steam traction we reserve the right to substitute all or part of the steam legs with a heritage diesel without any liability being incurred and any reimbursement or vouchers issued being entirely at our discretion.
SHREWSBURY: We expect up to 3 hours afternoon break at our destination. There can't be many towns with 660 listed buildings, a museum in an old music hall and carved characters peering down at you from a c.1500´s building. Founded by the Saxons and developed mostly by the Tudors, today Shrewsbury is a one-off and you spot it as soon as you step out of the train station (which has the largest mechanical signal box in the world). The town centre is neatly scooped up in the loop of the River Severn. Inside the loop criss-crossing Medieval streets are lined with wonky buildings containing original and one-off shops and street names that truly tell a story. If you´re exploring on foot then don´t miss the statue of Charles Darwin outside the library. Darwin was born in the town and went to Shrewsbury School which was then housed in the library buildings and follow a Darwin Trail around town. Look out for the Quantum Leap sculpture on the riverbank opposite the Theatre which was created to mark Darwin´s 200th birthday. Founded in 1083, the Shrewsbury Abbey was once centre of Norman and Medieval power in the region as well as the centre of a daily prayer, study and work for a community of monks. From the red sandstone castle walls you´ll see why Shrewsbury Castle was once a place to guard the town. Inside the walls lies the museum of the Shropshire Regiments, which is dedicated to the King´s Shropshire Light Infantry.
Premier Dining Class includes an at seat silver service of full English Breakfast in the morning, a selection of pastries with coffee mid journey and a four course meal on the return journey all freshly prepared by our skilled chefs on board the train.
First Class includes complimentary teas and coffees along with a breakfast bap and pastries on the outward leg and a savoury of the day followed by cake will be served on the return journey.
CHILDREN UNDER 5 can be brought on the train free of charge only if not taking up a seat and sharing seats with accompanying adults.
REFRESHMENTS: A buffet counter service of snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages is available to all our Standard and First Class passengers throughout the day. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!
First Class and Premier Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £20.00 per person.
The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion