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DEPARTS:

  • Colchester /
  • Ipswich /
  • Bury St Edmunds /
  • Ely

Immerse yourself in the glamour of yesteryear with an elegant steam hauled journey to Chesterfield, offering a host of interesting excursions. Marvel at the treasures of Chatsworth House, continue your journey back in time at Crich Tram Museum or uncover the region’s rich railway history at Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

You can sink into your seats and relax as the train sets out from Colchester to traverse East Anglia and Cambridgeshire hauled by our steam locomotive. From Peterborough we head up the East Coast Main Line before making our way via Nottingham for a wonderful journey through Amber Valley to the Peak District. Here, you have the option to continue your journey back in time to the Crich Tramway Museum, an immersive museum experience set within a recreated period village, where you can enjoy a ride on board the vintage trams. For glamour-seekers, your indulgent journey can be extended to the elegance of Chatsworth House. Alternatively, visit the town of Chesterfield or continue to Barrow Hill before we embark on our return journey, diesel hauled, aboard the same beautifully restored vintage carriages in which we started our journey.

Destinations

Chesterfield

Take a visit to Chesterfield itself to find out how the ‘Crooked Spire’ got its twist. Get a taste of history at Chesterfield Museum and art gallery or pick up a Town Trail from the Visitor Information Centre and discover some of the less well known but equally interesting places of interest in the town centre, such as Secker’s House and number 2 St Mary’s Gate.

Barrow Hill

Barrow Hill Roundhouse is a unique example of 19th century railway architecture. It houses one of the largest collections of diesel, electric and, of course, steam locomotives in the country.

Optional Excursions

Chatsworth House

£44.00 per person

Known as the ‘Palace of the Peak’, this magnificent country house boasts beautifully manicured gardens and over 25 restored state rooms. It is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape, and hospitality, and has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions, and interests of succeeding generations. The 105-acre garden is the product of nearly 500 years of careful cultivation and includes an arboretum, rock garden, fountains, sculptures and more.

 

Crich Tramway Village

£38.00 per person

Step back in time with a stroll around Crich Tramway Village, a recreated period village containing a working pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depots. You can ride a vintage tram through the Derbyshire Dales and take in the breathtaking views. Your ticket includes your coach transfer to and from Crich and admission to all the exhibitions, unlimited tram rides and access to the woodland walk and sculpture trail.

 

SOMETHING TO SUIT EVERYONE

Classes of travel

Pullman Dining

FROM £410
  

A sumptuous culinary experience amidst opulent surroundings, where guests can relax in plush, spacious armchair seating arranged around splendidly dressed tables of two and four. Attentive service adds an ambiance of old-world charm and sophistication, transporting you to a world of nostalgia and comfort.

On a full day journey, guests will be welcomed on board with our signature Champagne cocktail, followed by a multicourse breakfast. On the return journey, wine is served alongside a seasonal ‘carte de jour’, concluding with cheese board, coffee and petit fours.

First Class

FROM £205
 (non-dining) 

First Class offers guests an unparalleled journey into the past aboard elegantly restored carriages with comfortable and spacious seating around tables of two and four.

A sanctuary for those seeking a refined and leisurely journey without dining-on-board, First Class guests are welcomed on board with Bucks Fizz and freshly brewed coffee and tea. You can sink into your seat as scenic vistas unfold beyond the windows or toast your journey in our beautifully restored Buffet Car with its polished marquetry, large picture windows and convivial atmosphere.

Premium Standard

FROM £175
 (non-dining) 

Premium Standard offers a nostalgic and authentic journey onboard a beautifully restored carriage that embodies the charm of a bygone era, with its classic decor and comfortable seating around tables for four.

Passengers can enjoy the sights and sounds of steam travel and the camaraderie of fellow travellers, whilst enjoying complimentary tea and coffee. Passengers are invited to treat themselves at our Buffer Car where they will find a selection of hot and cold snacks and a selection of wine, beer, spirits, and cold drinks available for purchase.

TRAVEL TIMINGS*

Boarding Stations

The following pick-up and set-down stations are available on this journey

STATIONDEPARTSRETURNS
Colchester 07.00 22.00
Ipswich 07.25 21.40
Bury St Edmunds 08.05 21.10
Ely 09.20 20.30

Destinations

The following destinations stations are available on this journey

STATIONARRIVESDEPARTS
Alfreton 12.20 17.45
Chesterfield 12.30 17.30
Barrow Hill 12.50 17.10

PLEASE NOTE *
All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change.

Scheduled locomotive


Royal Scot

46100

Royal Scot was built in 1927 for the fastest trains on the London Midland & Scottish Railway.

46100 Royal Scot was the first in a new breed of steam locomotives, built by the LMS for their fastest passenger services from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

She was chosen to appear on behalf of Britain at the 1933 ‘Century of Progress’ exhibition in Chicago, USA. The locomotive as well as a full rake of carriages were shipped to the United States and appeared not only at the exhibition, but also toured the USA and Canada, even crossing the Rocky Mountains!

Royal Scot was rebuilt by British Railways in 1950 and went on to serve another 12 years in traffic on the West Coast Main Line.

Royal Scot briefly returned to steam at Bressingham Steam Museum from 1972 to 1978 before spending almost the next 30 years as a static exhibit. She briefly steamed in 2009 before it was discovered that a major overhaul was required.

Royal Scot returned to steam at the Severn Valley Railway in September 2015. She made her successful main line debut on December 22 and 23 of the same year with test runs from Crewe to Carnforth and return.

Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the steam hauled sections of the trip listed, it cannot be guaranteed and may be substituted for a different engine.
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